Compressor Help

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by WordIsBorn79, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. WordIsBorn79


    Jan 10, 2001
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hello Ladies & Germs...
    I am looking to buy a compressor pedal. My Hartke HA-3500 head supposedly has a "compressor", but it seems more like a limiter; it kills my tone, and doesn't make my sound punchy. I am looking for a compressor that can basically do 2 things: make my tone punchier and a bit more bright, and also make the low B on my 5 string sound the same (sound level wise) as my other strings. I play a Music Man 5, so the low B is quite a bit louder than all other strings. BTW, The easier to operate it, the better. Now, last but not least, here's the real challenge...i can't spend more than $125 bucks. Help!
  2. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
  3. 12bass


    Jan 2, 2003
    Victoria, Canada
    A couple of points: Compression tends to reduce high frequency transients, so not many compressors will have the effect of making a signal brighter, although some units are fairly transparent sounding. They also reduce overall dynamics and make the signal more consistent, which may be perceived as reducing punch, not increasing it. Another thing you might try is lowering the pickups on the bass side, in order to reduce the output on the B string.
  4. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    125 dollars. If thats your limit I would go used. There are a few that are not in the market any longer but are a nice compliment to what you are looking for at the 125 mark. In fact you may get them cheaper on ebay. They are both by dbx The 163X and the MC6 Mini-Comp.