I just received my SpectraComp. Love it!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bdplaid, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. bdplaid

    bdplaid Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    I just received my SpectraComp. Love it! And I'm usually not a fan of compressors, and usually don't use one.
    What's different about this one is that, being 3-way multiband, it is a tone enhancer. With the editor, one can get inside the settings and tweak till the cows come home, go out, and come back again.
    There are 2 things I like most about it: 1) it is a one-knob comp. Does everything with one turn. And the default setting is really good, if a good bit hot.
    B), Because it's 3-way multiband, and there are so many settings, one can also use this as a tone-tweaker. I'm always fighting the tweeter in my cabs and if I lower the x-over of the high range to like 4K, I can totally squash out the entire upper range. Same with the low end to tighten things up. Makes it something of a bandpass filter.
    This is a killer pedal. $99. Incredible.
  2. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    You're not helping haha. I was really curious about this lil guy when it hit. I'm not a big comp guy but what you're describing is sorta right up my alley. I like the sound of that. Good to know, thanks!
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  3. bdplaid

    bdplaid Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    me either - not a comp guy. but this one I like.
  4. jimfist

    jimfist "Cling tenaciously to my buttocks!"

    Mar 28, 2011
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Yup. Got one. +1
  5. veryvery


    May 23, 2016
  6. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I'm loving mine! I use the "Smooth and Funky" preset. It kind of gives the sound that Stanley Clarke/Marcus Miller "Hard Plucked" sound with out hard plucking. The tone I'm kind of going for now is like a Death Metal kick drum in the low end and a jazz guitar in the highs and this seem to do the job perfectly.

    Rev J
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  7. Got one this week. Loving it so far.
  8. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars

    The price makes it even easier
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  9. hintz


    Jun 5, 2014
    wahiawa, HI(Oahu)
    Hmmm, this sounds interesting!!
  10. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011
    digital compressor pedals are getting better :thumbsup:
  11. TimboZ


    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    I'm also digging the Sandberg California VM4 that Ida is playing in the demo video.
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  12. triviani


    Oct 23, 2010
    Is it a good limiter as well? I want a transparent limiter at the end of the chain.
  13. Thanks bdplaid, I've been waiting on someone I trust instead of a YouTube video to really tell me about a one knob compressor, and I had my doubts but for $99, its worth a shot.
  14. chumbo73

    chumbo73 Guest

    Nov 8, 2012
    Looks really good, whenever I want to buy a compressor I think this one will be.

    Do you think using it with an active MM STINGRAY will have some noise issues?
  15. 13lues

    13lues Guest

    Jan 6, 2015
    Birmingham, Alabama
    I have a TC combo and I love the "Dirt'n'Comp" setting.
    I'm not sure if that's one you can load on the pedal, but if so, it's worth a shot.
  16. My favourite toneprint is ToneBooster with knob at between 9 and 11
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  17. veryvery


    May 23, 2016
    Coincidentially that's more-or-less what I've been using thus far: ToneBooster with the knob around 11. But I haven't had it for very long either and haven't had a chance to try the editor yet.
  18. Winston TK

    Winston TK Hairpiece Adventurer

    Oct 8, 2001
    Burnaby, BC Canada
    I purchased one of these a little while ago after seeing the ad from NAMM. So far, I am very impressed. So much so, in fact, it is pretty much permanently in my signal chain for my online session recording rig! I still haven't experimented with any of the TonePrints, though. I'm sure once I get into that whole thing, it will be even more impressive.
  19. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Just got one of these suckas and am digging it. Have only been able to try it through headphones, but I like what some of these toneprints do for my p bass....
  20. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Man I REALLY want to try this comp!!!