compression on amps??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fleanut, Dec 17, 2001.

  1. im gonna but a fender bassman100 soon. ( kick ass sounding amp buy the way)
    and it has a compression feture on it. im dont really get this thing. is has knob on it like vol and tone too.

    play there is an imput for 0db and -15db. dont know about this either. as you can tell im an amp novice and still have alot to learn about them.

    anyone know???
  2. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    A compressor reduces the dynamic range of a signal, in other words it 'evens out' the sound by attenuating loud notes and boosting soft notes. This is useful for slap style, but many players don't like it. If you use the compressor excessively (by turning it full up) you will hear an unnatural, 'pumping' sound.

    The -15dB input is for basses with a hot output signal (many active basses). This helps to adjust the input level of the pre-amp.


    ps: in recording a compressor is essential for all instruments. But you don't have to worry about that, that's the job of the sound engineer.