Bass Compressor Decision

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jdwhitak, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Indianapolis, IN

    I'm looking at getting a bass compressor and I've narrowed it down to the Rothwell Love Squeeze or the Diamond Bass Compressor. I just want to even out my playing. I'm not looking to use compresson as a sound effect. I play a four string P-Bass with passive pickups. I also play mostly rock music. Which do you think will work best for my application? I like the sounds samples I've been hearing on the Rothwell, but I wonder if it would handle the lows of the bass right.

  2. guroove


    Oct 13, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Diamond Bass Compressor is right for any application. It's only limitations, IMO, are the tilt EQ, and it's price. Also, it doesn't give the user control over attack and release, but the presets are perfect for most bass applications anyway.
  3. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    I don't think you will lose with either option. Based on Bongo's reviews, those are both high-quality units. If you want a very flat EQ, go for the Love Squeeze. If you want the tilted EQ, go with the Diamond.
  4. ibassforhim


    Mar 3, 2011
    Another great option would be the JHS Limeaid.
  5. tonym

    tonym Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    Bongo's review of the Rothwell is dead on. If it's what you're looking for based on that go for it. I was looking for a compressor that wouldn't color my sound and bought one based on his review. Maybe the best pedal I've ever bought.
  6. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    According to Bongo's review of the Diamond, he states the low, fixed ratio isn't good for "utility" compression to correct uneven levels. So the OP might want to bypass this one and look elsewhere.
  7. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Indianapolis, IN
    I think I'm going to get the Rothwell. It's a little cheaper and I think it is going to suit my needs better. I'm just looking to balance the sound out between the strings and my playing dynamics. I wasn't too crazy about the EQ on the Diamond. I rather have a single point for EQ in my signal chain. Does any one have the Rothwell? Pros and cons?
  8. tonym

    tonym Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    As mentioned, I've got the Rothwell. Works great on bass - I don't have any issues. Very easy to dial in. I like to control my EQ and tone elsewhere, and I love that the Rothwell leaves it alone. No cons since it's gotreat compression from very mild to strong and doesn't color your tone. Simple, high quality and it works!