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Compression on 5 string

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ThunderBay006, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. ThunderBay006


    Nov 25, 2013
    Been doing some reading on how to get that ideal, consistent quality between strings. I realize there are a lot of great options out there. It sounds like getting a multi-band compressor is in my best interest so I can isolate the low B string for its own ratio, attack/release times.

    Does anyone have any specific knowledge to shed on best compressors for 5 strings? Considering both rack and pedal forms...
  2. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    ovnilab.com <-- always the best resource for bass comps. I don't believe you must have a multiband comp for bass, even 5 strings, but it may help you achieve your sonic goals. FEA labs makes an excellent dual band comp IIRC.

    I use a Cali76 which is based on the Urei 1176, the most used studio bass comp since the early seventies. It is single band. I love it with my Fender P5s. No loss of highs or lows when set properly.
  3. ThunderBay006


    Nov 25, 2013
    The bible yes, but he doesn't address the specific topic. Thanks
  4. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I believe the studio mode in the TC nova dynamics is the same as the 'per-string' spectra comp compression in their amp heads. You don't have any control over the bands, but it seems to do the job quite well with its automagical settings.
  5. OP:
    You can always PM Bongo (ovnilab author). He may be able to point you in the right direction.
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    It's actually pretty straightforward: with a dual-band comp, set the low band for peak limiting. Set that band's threshold and output so it keeps the peaks around the same perceived volume as the rest of the fretboard. Lastly fine-tune the crossover point so that only the offending range is squashed. Maybe around 100 Hz.

    There are very few multi-band comps on the market; the FEA is the one I use and recommend. If that's too expensive, the second choice is the rackmount Rane DC24.

    The rest I don't really recommend.
  7. An expensive and extreme alternative is to try a bass with fanned frets like a Dingwall. Though I don't own one I've read extensively about them and they seem to be the solution in a way to this. You'll have to adjust technique etc, but I'm saving for one currently and hopefully 2014 will be my year to own one.

    I know this has nothing to do with compression, but you might get better results?
  8. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    That's definately a step into that direction.
    A fanned fret Bass and a solid amp that's able to reproduce the low B with some yalla.
    As someone who only recently got into the idea of compressing, i can attest that my Carvin LB75 played through a 15" 100W combo has more issues with the lower stings than my Dreizehnbass 34"-36" played through my Tonehammer 500 with 4x12" cabs. Both with uncompressed signals.