Compressor to even out sound.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by RJ Jackson, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. RJ Jackson

    RJ Jackson

    Dec 25, 2014
    I am thinking about getting a compressor pedal for the purpose to even out the volume between all the strings on my bass. What is the best way to achieve this / what type of compression would do this best?

    I don't really know anything about compression so I don't know where to start with looking.
  2. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    This the place to start. I got my LMB-3 after going through these reviews. It's TBer Bongomania's site and it's the compression Bible, I tell ya. BIBLE !

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  3. RJ Jackson

    RJ Jackson

    Dec 25, 2014
    Thanks! I'll check it out!
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  4. Maybe a redundant question, but have you tried adjusting your pickup height to see if that helps the situation before you dive into the endless search for the right compressor?
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    FWIW, and I'm the "ovnilabs" guy, I always recommend working on the setup of the bass before using a comp to solve this problem. There are some basses and playing styles where a setup won't do enough, and for those cases a comp can help. But always start with setup and technique. :)
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  6. SwitchGear


    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    I have had an EBS comp pedal on my pedal board for years. I use it to even things out when playing in a boomy room.
  7. MaxJJK


    Jun 29, 2014
    Also try new/different strings.
  8. Real Soon

    Real Soon

    Aug 15, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    All of the above. A compressor really isn't meant to be a problem fixer; it colors your tone (if desired) and gives you a specific kind of control over your sound for musical or technical/acoustic purposes, and does also grant you a bit of extra grace with the sound guy if you get excited during the gig or use FX that spike levels (envelope filters, cranked-up phasers, etc).

    Try as I have to adjust the pickups down, my Taurus has a loud E string, so I'm learning how to reflexively give it a lighter touch. That translates over time into greater precision and control overall, which is all good.

    But I like the sound I get with a degree of compression and like having it onstage. Also, I tracked some licks for someone recently thru a Q-Tron+ filter pedal into a Boss CS-3 compression sustainer, using a pick. Came out REAL funky.
  9. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra.

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I use a compressor for exactly this purpose. It prevents certain notes from honking out over the mix while others disappear. That said, I also have my basses professionally set up to catch the low-hanging fruit in this area.