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MXR Bass Comp, Boss CS-2 or Analogman Bi-Comprossor?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by winterburn69, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. So the time has come for me to finally take the plunge into compressors. These are the three that have caught my eye (or ears?). I've read reviews on ovnilab.com but I'd still like the opinions of those who lurk the effects forum. As I'm on my quest for my first compressor I'm also trying to resist the urge to buy some other effects that I desperately want but I think it's time for something new. Btw, I personally haven't used any of these, but really like what I hear.

    I've narrowed it down to these three.
    The MXR seems to be the most popular here on TB, and I've often bought pedals based on TB recommendations and widespread use on the PYPB threads without trying it beforehand, so I'm confident that the MXR wouldn't be a waste of money and a useless little aluminum box, also, I've liked the demos I've seen on YouTube.

    I think this video would make anyone want a CS-2. Absolutely love those harmonics! (plus Juan really knows his effects)

    And finally the Analogman Bi-Comp, the ovnilab review is quite disappointing and kinda turns me off this one, there's also no decent bass demos on YouTube (at least that I can find) but it is a two-for-one, which I like. On the other hand, Tony Levin uses one, and he uses compression pretty heavily, he's also got a pretty awesome tone although he also uses a RetroSpec Squeezebox prototype. (but I know compression isn't his whole sound, plus I'm no Tony Levin) It was actually the only comp he used for awhile when his Squeezebox wasn't working.

    Price isn't an issue, but I would prefer to not spend $250-$300 on a brand new Bi-Comp unless I know it's what I want, they don't come up here in the classifieds often (if ever) and I'd rather not buy anything from eBay. I'm completely stuck on which to pick, I'd say I'm more likely to buy the MXR because I'm sure I can find probably at least two or three for sale in the classifieds.

    I'll probably eventually buy all three based on my history of accumulating pedals, but just one for now.

    I'm also open for you to make your own recommendations.
  2. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    I'd start with the MXR. On the other hand, I'd lovd to try the Analogman mainly for the Orange Squeezer side. I'm kinda over subtle compression these days.
  3. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Of those three, the Analogman for sure. But you should check out the Diamond Bass Compressor too.
  4. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    Re: Boss. Any specific reason why the CS-2 rather than the CS-3? Also, have you considered the LMB-3? Bongo recommends it as a good "cheap" (ish) compressor, more so than the CS-3.
  5. bludog

    bludog Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Brooklyn 11217
    The Bi-Comp is a great bass comp, don't let the ovnilab review scare you. Having said that, I found that I really like the OS (Juicer) side so much more that I hardly used the Ross side. Ross comp clones just don't work that well on bass, at least that's my experience. Because of this, I actually switched over to the single pedal Juicer from AnalogMike - which I find to be a fantastic 1 knob comp, really adds some nice "effectiness" to the tone and makes it sit in the mix really well. For my taste (and bass), it's already dialed in so nicely. I sometimes use other comps when I want to stack them for some super squash. The Cali76TX is one of my latest faves but I also really like the 3Leaf Audio PWNZOR.

    Sorry, I can't speak to the MXR or the Boss as I've never used them myself. Have always wanted to try the Boss CS-2 though. Maybe some day soon I'll pick one up for comparison's sake. Good luck, hopefully this is somewhat helpful... again, the Bi-Comp is a solid compressor for bass.
  6. bludog

    bludog Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Brooklyn 11217
    Oh, I'd also recommend looking at the FEA Labs comps. I had the Dual-Band Optical Comp/Limiter and really liked it. Almost a bit too transparent for me at times but god, what a good compressor. I've always want to try the Opti-FET Comp, thinking it might be more my style. Hear great things about the Dual-Engine model too.
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    FWIW, Analogman is sending me his newest version of the Bicomp for review soon; he says he has beaten the issues I complain of in my current review.
  8. OOD


    Jul 29, 2009
    I'm also about to take the plunge with compressors. Could anyone tell me if it would be okay to use a compressor that is said to be made for Guitar? Will it effect my tone in a bad way? I have been looking at the MXR Dyna Comp.
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Look at the reviews linked in my sig.
  10. OOD


    Jul 29, 2009
    The reviews in your sig will help me a lot. Thanks, bongomania.
  11. taurus1


    Sep 13, 2006
    Vancouver B.C.
    I have the CS-2, CS-3 and LM-2 (Limiter), all sound great. the difference between the 2 and the 3 is very subtle imo, I use them both very lightly so you can hardly tell they're on, that's what I like about them, they can be subtle.
    the CS-3 gets bashed but it's one of the best comps out there (imo), I own own and have tried many.
    the mij CS-3 (the one to get, DBX chip) is different than the later Korean and Taiwanese models (THAT chip).
  12. I actually haven't considered the LMB-3, I preferred the CS-2 because CS-2s get more love from bassists than CS-3s and older Boss pedals tend to "better" in my experience (at least with octaves, flangers and choruses). Plus, did you watch the video??

    Bongo, when you refer to the noise from OS on the Bi-Comp, what kind of noise are you talking about? like ambient buzzing? Perhaps I'll wait to buy until you review the new Bi-Comp, do you know when you'll be reviewing it?
  13. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Hiss, white noise, plus excessive amplification of the various EMF noises picked up by the bass and cable.

    Since he hasn't gotten the pedal to me yet, I can't really say when my update will be posted. Probably not sooner than 3-4 weeks from now.
  14. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    I've used both the CS-2 and CS-3 on bass before - in very, very sparing doses, either can be fine. I greatly, greatly prefer my LMB-3, though - very transparent, more versatile and cheaper than the CS-3, but stay away from the Enhance knob ... If you're tempted by Boss, that's the one I'd recommend.
  15. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Hey, Bongo, did you ever get to check out the "quieter" Bi-Comp? I heard that his only upgrade was to serve the guitarist with a brighter output rather than reduce noise.
  16. Randy S

    Randy S

    Jul 7, 2008
    Western WA
    I used a Dyna Comp years ago, they were the thing in their day. Don't overlook the Aguilar TLC. Top drawer if you ask me.
  17. Hey Bongomania, just wondering if you've reviewed the new Bi-Comp yet? and if it's better than the older model?
  18. BassMonstrum


    Mar 7, 2008
    I have the MXR and the Boss, and prefer the latter simply because of the three knobs. I've tried two-knob compressors, but felt that they offered too little tweekability. Bought the MXR and felt it was too tweekable. The CS-2 is perfect for me, plus I also like Juan... very much.
  19. Well my I got the Boss CS-2 (to start with) and it sounds amazing, it really levels out my playing (pick, fingers, slap & pop), and can get kinda "thick" sounding. Makes some noise, but I had noise before, so whatever :p It showed up this afternoon (delivery wasn't scheduled to be until tomorrow).



    Yes, it was liked by THAT Juan :D