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Mxr bass compressor or mxr phase 90?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Mattbass97, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Mattbass97


    Apr 9, 2011
    I know two completely different pedals but I'm stuck between which I'd use more. I'm afraid of getting the comp and thinking wait I don't even need this? What would your opinions be on each separately? Maybe help give me an idea of what you think of each pedal individually.

  2. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    The comp is more of a general tone improvement/consistency/punch type of thing you'll probably either leave on all the time, or find useless and sell. The phaser will probably be really cool on one or two songs.
  3. Mattbass97


    Apr 9, 2011
  4. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member


    I've often read that good technique and decent gear will void the use of a comp. It's certainly not my case for technique, so my LMB-3 stays on all da time.

    As for phaser... I love the effect, use mine as often as I can (which is about 1 song out of 10 and never for the whole song), but I've yet to see or read about a bassplayer that has phaser as a vital/essential/constant part of his tone (not saying there aren't any).

    Just my 2 (canadian) cents.

  5. Mattbass97


    Apr 9, 2011
    Thanks for that :) I'm just stumped as to whether I'd benefit fully from having a compressor.
  6. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    My MXR Bass Comp stays on all the time. I loved my phaser but I was using it to bridge the gap between Envelope Filter and Chorus when I didn't have either. Once I had one of each that I loved, every time I put the phaser on the board, it was ALWAYS the wrong decision.

    I miss the phaser, but only in the basement and never when gigging or in any practical application. BUT that's me - I've heard other people use them and it's been awesome.
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    A compressor is just a tool. Is there a benefit to buying a specific size or shape of wrench, if you aren't sure whether you have any nuts/bolts in that size or shape?

    The best reason for buying a compressor is if you have a problem to solve, and if the comp is the right tool for the job.
  8. Gadgetjunky


    Aug 9, 2011
    True, but until you add a compressor you may not be aware of the improvement it can add.

    Example: I thought my EUB played just fine. It's smooth and doesn't need limiting so using my MXR compressor on it never entered my mind, but a few day ago I plug it into my fx rack to see what would happen and after a while of playing with the compressor on without realizing, I thought I should turn if off. Nope, is added another layer of depth/sustain. So now it will be on my mini EUB board. MXR compressor-TC flashback-Sansamp

    That said, if you are happy with your tone/sustain and don't slap or agressively play, maybe a Phaser is the more fun choice.
  9. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    So true. I'd recommend the comp. as You can play a lot without the phaser . . . while the comp, depending on your technique (eg. slap), may improve your consistency hugely (and depending on the compressor, may give you a lot of other options).

    I'd recommend having a browse of bongomania's reviews. . . I got the Carl Martin Opto comp. and it's great (for bass, haven't tried it for guitar).
    Check it out http://www.ovnilab.com/
  10. Mattbass97


    Apr 9, 2011
    Thanks everyone for the help its greatly appreciated!
  11. I have a Phase 90 on my board. It's great for certain parts in certain songs, but never a whole song or "always on" type of effect. It really stands out though and makes for a nice surprise when it gets kicked on
  12. VeganThump


    Jun 29, 2012
    South Jersey
    That's pretty much it! If you do indeed decide you need a compressor, you're definitely heading in the right direction. I love the MXR compressor because it has the gain reduction LED's, which are awesome to have if you're a noob, as I still am. In fact, I've noticed that if I keep an eye on the LED's, I can adjust my technique accordingly, which is getting me to the point that I almost don't even need a compressor!
  13. NOISE!


    Jun 20, 2004
    In your mind
    I would discern what I needed to achieve the sound I need to get for what I am playing and go from there.