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Compressor Survey.....

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by moe.moe, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. moe.moe


    Jun 22, 2008
    Help me choose here....

    An Aguilar TLC Compressor


    A Malekko Analog Compressor

    Which is better, quieter....?

    Thanks! :)
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    The Aguilar is good, the Malekko is garbage.
  3. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness... Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY
  4. moe.moe


    Jun 22, 2008
    I'm thinking of the Aguilar.
    Is it a quiet compressor ?
  5. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sure. Most decent compressors are pretty quiet. However, if the signal chain before it is noisy it may be more noticeable when the compressor it engaged.
  6. moe.moe


    Jun 22, 2008
    Thanks !

    Good food for thought... I will be running two TC Electronic pedals... a Corona Chorus and a Trinity Reverb.. both of which are extremely quiet.... :hyper:
  7. NelsonNelson


    Sep 25, 2011
    Have you gone on Aguilar's website and listened to the sound samples with high quality headphones of the TLC? Have you checked out Bongo's compressor review website on the TLC?

    The two put together sold me on the TLC.... plus if you call up Jason @ Bass strings online dot com, he hooks up talkbass guys with better than Amazon price.

    It sounds amazing, it is almost a clean boost and a compressor all in one and evens out your tone and makes your playing sound "better" without coloring the tone or anything weird that the others do. Edit: and there is zero noise from the TLC.
  8. Aaron_D


    May 9, 2010
    Tallahassee, FL
    The TLC was the best pedal compressor I've ever used until the Markbass Compressore. But they are apples and oranges. The TLc is totally transparent and the Compressore is king of tubes goodness.
  9. ChrisCassisi


    Mar 24, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Tone Bastards Cables
    I know its not one of your options but if interested check out the JHS Green Tea. I absolutely love mine. Great compressor, blender and boost all in one. Dead quiet too.
  10. Stephent28

    Stephent28 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    C470, CO
    Do a search and be amazed.
  11. wilfredes


    Oct 11, 2012
    The TLC was the best pedal compressor I've ever used until the Markbass Compressore.
  12. Taufik Eka

    Taufik Eka

    Feb 27, 2013
    Where the right place to put my Aguilar TLC, before or after mxr m80 preamp ,mxr fuzz, bass balls, bass microsynth ?
  13. The compressor should always be the first pedal, unless you have a tuner.

    I like the Markbass Compressore because you have almost total control.
  14. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    It depends on personal tastes, but generally I'd put the comp after the filter and after the synth, to control their resonant peaks. I would turn the comp off when using the fuzz, to keep whatever bit of dynamics the fuzz allows--so for me it doesn't matter where the comp goes before or after the fuzz. As far as the preamp, it depends on how you're using it, as a DI or an overdrive or an EQ or whatever combination. Use your ears and logic to sort that one out. :)
  15. Bongomania knows his compressors, but, IME, a compressor might/will accentuate any noise that comes before it. So, like he said test it for yourself.
  16. Bakkster_Man


    Jan 15, 2006
    I like my Aguilar TLC. Only thing I wish it had was an LED to know when I was past the threshold.

    My current chain is bass-phaser-fuzz-comp-DI/OD. I definitely keep the comp after the phaser to help with any level drop, and before the DI because it acts like a cab where the comp would be before anyway, and it evens out the touch. Experiment, as always. Heck, swapping my fuzz and OD gave the fuzz a new lease on life, all I had to do was try it.
  17. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    The MXR is really nice and the LED strip is very helpful.
  18. Taufik Eka

    Taufik Eka

    Feb 27, 2013
    Ok thanks guys for the info &#128521;
  19. Cycho


    Nov 30, 2010
    For what an Aguilar TLC costs you could have a Zoom B3 (which has compression and a whole lot of other stuff). Just sayin'