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New advice on compression and overdrive

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by trackskinz, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. trackskinz


    Nov 1, 2011
    I am new to BG, about 4 months in. Making decent progress.
    Epi Bird with some Fender 9050ML's that I really like so far. Play mostly classic rock and backup for acoustic stuff.

    I have a basic understanding of what compression is for, virtually none on overdrive.

    What if anything should I get? Money IS an object, but I will spend enough to avoid junk.

    Any advice is welcome!
  2. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Welcome to the world of bass guitar!
    The best information I know about compression is here :

    Compressor Reviews

    Enjoy! ;)
  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Overdrive is an effect similar to "overdriving" a tube amp. Same family as distortion and fuzz. Too many options to suggest any, it's personal preference.
  4. trackskinz


    Nov 1, 2011
    Ok, how about 'splainin to me what it does...
  5. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    If you intend to use overdrive you may not need a compressor. Since you say money is an object… I suggest you try an overdrive first.

    Overdrives naturally compress dynamics. If you find a mild to medium gain OD based off a Tube Screamer circuit with a dry blend you may find a compressor unnecessary.

  6. trackskinz


    Nov 1, 2011
    Any suggestion on an overdrive? I wouldn't know good from bad at this point.

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