Let The Battle Begin! (Compressor edition)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tyohars, May 8, 2019.

  1. Boss BC-1X

  2. MXR M-76

  3. Keeley Bassist

  4. TC Electronic Spectracomp

  5. Other (give your input on comment)

  1. tyohars


    Nov 11, 2016
    So, I'm on the market for compressor pedal. I narrowed the choice between MXR M-76, Keeley Bass Compressor, TC Electronic Spectracomp, and Boss BC-1X. I mostly play with fingers, but use pick occasionally. Lemme hear your input, especially from people who already had an experience with those. Oh, the thing is, I already tried them, but I can't compare it next to each other, because no place sold them at the same place. I already have a preference, but still need an input. Thank you!
  2. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    London, UK
    What do you want the compressor to do for you? eg peak limiting, more 'punch' or 'fatness', general evening out etc. That will help people give useful opinions, as different pedals may be more or less suitable for each of these things. For example, I love the Diamond Compressor, but if you're after peak limiting it will be a complete disappointment :)
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  3. BLDavis

    BLDavis May the Tort be with you. Gold Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    What he said. It depends on what you want compression for. I use a Diamond with just a bit of compression to even things out and compensate for my sometimes sloppy right hand technique. It's an always on, set it and forget it, kind of pedal. Not really and effect, more of an enhancement. If you play more slap/funk, you might need a comp with more attack/decay adjustment capabilities.
    Good luck with your search, B.
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  4. akrachanko

    akrachanko Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Western Pennsylvania
    I've been using a Markbass Tube Compressore for over a year now, and I can recommend it highly. It's very flexible in the type of the compression you're looking for, and the tube sort of helps to smooth everything out. It's a little hard to integrate into a pedal board, because it needs to use it's own higher current (600 mA) 12V power supply, but that never stopped anyone. I'd try to find one in a store and mess with it, because I still remain impressed by mine.

    I mostly play finger style, which I got this compressor really tuned in for, but on a few occasions when playing slap, I just adjusted the attack and release a little bit to get a nice balance between slappy-ness, and sustain, and I can tell you it does both finger style and slap well. I haven't tried it, but I'm sure it could be honed in for nice balanced picking sound as well. It has a bit more adjustment than some other compressors, but with enough playtime, it's pretty easy to learn and know what it's capable of.
  5. I won't vote not having compared. I use the MXR M87 which I find transparent (no tone magic) and works well as a compressor or a limiter.
    Based on my reading of this site I've seen a lot of love for Keeley Bassist, Spectracomp & MXR M87. Anecdotally(sp?), I haven't read much on the Boss BC-1X.
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  6. Low Down Brown

    Low Down Brown

    Jan 8, 2018
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  7. Out of your choices, I voted Keeley. The MXR is great, but it's a bit noisey. If you went into the next price bracket though you would have some incredible options. IE Origin, FEA, Darkglass etc.
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