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Bass Compressor, Which One?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BassBeginer64, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    I am torn between a few, I am just a beginner and getting better, I am mainly just playing at home and just looking for a very good compressor *Help me sound better in front of the wife* they all have great reviews, the list as follows - yeah I know they are not cheap, looking for quality and functionality :
    MXR-M87WHT (M76BLK)

    Keeley Bassist Compressor
    Bassist Compressor - Robert Keeley

    Diamond BCP-1 Bass Compressor
    Diamond Pedals | BCP1 BASS COMP

    Diamond BCP-1 JR Bass Compressor
    Diamond Pedals | BASS COMP Jr

    Empress Bass Compressor
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  2. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    I am leaning towards the MXR-M87WHT (M76BLK) due to T/B chat and reviews, plus its size and bells and whistles.
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  3. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ? Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    The Keeley does it for me. Gigged with it for the first time tonight. Very pleased with it. So easy to dial in.

    The only other two compressors I've owned are the Barber Tone Press and the DOD Milkbox.

    Those were decent but the Bassist ended the hunt.
  4. GMC


    Jan 1, 2006
    They are all good, they just have slightly different personalities. There aren't any bad choices in your list.
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  5. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    This one has really peaked my interest: Dark Glass Hyper Lumina Compressor, there has been no word on this compressor yet? Pricing is not bad for all the options, with the USB pc hookup with Dark Glass for custom set ups, the video states Dark Glass will add more software updates.
    Darkglass Electronics
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  6. Northfear


    Mar 15, 2017
    If you want to learn how compression works, get M76 or Empress. Visual metering is very useful if you haven't used compression before. And full range of controls will help you to understand how compressors work in general.
    Played both. They were roughly the same in therms of tone and noise. Empress had better functionality (sidechain, parallel compression and wider attack range). M76 has more ratios tho (so it's kind of better as a limiter). But generally if size and cost is not an issue, get Empress (Keeley Compressor Pro is a nice full featured alternative too).
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  7. Had a Diamond BCP-1 and sold it to fund a new bass because I 'didn't really need it'. May not need it but I miss it. A Bass Comp Jr will be incoming as soon as they are available locally and I have the funds.
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  8. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I had the MXR it got replaced by the Keeley, it's just more what I was looking for. Try them out and get the one that does it for you, reading reviews is not bad but could be misleading since what does it for one may not be what does it for you...
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  9. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I own both the Empress and Diamond (not the Jr.). For sheer ease of use, I'd go with the Diamond.

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  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Of your choices I would go with Empress (which I own) or Darkglass (which I've read about). I tried the Diamond BCP1 but returned it because it was too squishy with my active basses (sounded great with my passives).
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  11. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    I went from the MXR m87 to the Lehle Basswitch Dual Band Compressor and couldn’t be more happy. Works a treat with my active and passive basses.

    It really does it all from tone enhancing punchy magic to full limiting and it plain sounds good. Not a ton of knobs to fumble with, but a ton of sweet spots.
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  12. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Was not a fan of the M87 at all. Never could get a good sound out of it.

    Long story short...Keeley Bassist for the win. You just can't beat the simplicity. Then later if you want to get fancy, look into something like the Darkglass.
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  13. Ethan Crank

    Ethan Crank

    Sep 6, 2018
    Have you looked at the new Darkglass hyper luminal compressor?
  14. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Morro Bay, CA
    Keely for me because I just wanted a transparent and quiet peak limiting compression to tame my envelope filter spikes. I used a diamond for a bit, but realized I don’t want or need a tone enhancing compressor.

    What do you want out of your compression? That would narrow your choices down very quickly.
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  15. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK?
    FEA DE-CL.
    Rock on.
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  16. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    if i was a beginner again ... i'd do what i did back in the 70's ... work on my technique first to fix mechanical issues ... and learn to setup my bass ... those things can help 'level' out your sound/volume levels ... IF that is what you want a comp pedal to do for you .!? if you want a comp pedal to use for a certain type of sound/effect , go for it ..!!

    for the price , the Seymour Duncan Studio Bass Comp works very well ..!
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  18. Adienn7


    Jan 26, 2007
    Any FEA LABS. Lehle. Origin. smoothie/ Empress.Diamond. Keeley. Mxr. Dbx overeasy/Dod milkbox. Ross. Dan Armstrong. Boss cs-2. Bbe optistomp.

    That's the levels kiddo. Based and sound and features. I use an fea optifret.. All these are good to great.. But you gotta start some where. I got with the Fealabs De-Cl. smoothie. Keeley in that order.. If you don't like those you don't like compression
  19. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man

    Apr 10, 2015
    If you want a bunch of knobs to twiddle and metering to learn about compression: Empress

    If you want something that runs almost automatically and is transparent: Keeley

    If you want something subtle and warm: Diamond.

    Compression comes down to personal taste....

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