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Compressor Confusion

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Cochise, Feb 7, 2005.


  1. Hey guys and girls, I'm not sure if this is a really stoopid ? or not but here goes-*** is a compressor? Or more exactly, what's it supposed to do for me? I bought one off ebay the other day (a Carl Martin Comp/Limiter) and aside from increasing my signal level, and changing how long a note sustains, I can't seem to get any other change from it, yet every bass player I've met swears by them. I play a Fender Mike Dirnt signature P-bass with SD Vintage pickups, through an Ashdown ABM 500 EVO11 and an ABM410t cab. I mainly play rock/blues/60s,70s and 80s pop fingerstyle, and I don't use any other effects. Thanks for reading my ramblings...
     
  2. andruca

    andruca

    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    There are several threads about this, so use the SEARCH function. Besides, there are very understandable articles on the net, like:

    http://www.tweakheadz.com/compressors.htm
    http://www.fm-transmitter.com/technical/how-a-compressor-limiter-works.htm
    http://bg.mixonline.com/ar/audio_understanding_compressors_compression/
    http://www.dbxpro.com/ftp_mirror/PDFs/WhitePapers/Compression%20101.pdf#search='how%20does%20compression%20work%20limiter'

    A brief definition is that compressors limit the dynamical behaviour of a signal, this meaning, it reduces excessive peaks or makes low volume signals louder (or both at the same time). Hope these articles help. Good luck!

    ANDRUCA
     
  3. Yup. That's about all a compressor does in very simple terms,..... but for a bass player (especially playing rock, blues, funk, etc.) it can make a really good difference. It keeps your sound up front inthe studio and on the stage by decreasing dynamics and putting the bass in yo face.
     
  4. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    You bought something on E-bay without knowing it's purpose? :meh:

    Check out the links in the first response, they'll point you in the right direction...
     
  5. Isn't that what Ebay's for?
     
  6. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    LOL, I guess it depends on your POV...
     
  7. The best is waking up after a having one to many and finding the bid confirmation email in the inbox ....... "I bid on what?"

    Tip- ebay and alcohol don't mix well
     
  8. hehe, thats awesome. They don't sell things like used swimwear on there do they? That could be bad.