compression and apparent loudness

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Jon Burnet, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    can a compressor increase apparent loudness?. ie.. i have an epifani 2x10. if i boost the low end too much at EXTREME volume it will fart out the speakers when i hit anything below Eno this is only a problem when i hype the lowend and crank the crap out of the amp. will a compress or like the EBS mellow this out so i can get the amp that loud?
  2. Almost...Compression will indeed allow your sound to be more compressed and project better. It'll cut through the music better. This is true with bass guitar. I don't know what you play !!!

  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Compression reduces your dynamic range by lowering the level of the peaks in the signal.

    If the farting is due to amp clipping, yes compression helps because the amp won't clip if you reduce the level of the peaks. You can then raise overall volume to some extent until the amp is again driven into clipping.

    If the farting is NOT due to amp clipping, compression probably won't help.

    On the other hand, boosting the bass EQ and hearing farting really should tell you:

    1. need more speakers (a 2-10 can only move so much air)
    2. need more amp wattage (if the speakers can take it)
  4. Tecx

    Tecx Radio Rock Leads To Sterility

    Jun 9, 2002
    Halifax, NS, Canada
    My DBX 163X can boost my signal really good, much louder and very clean...

    Bass - RBI (DBX in fx loop) - Poweramp