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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Phoenix21, Feb 21, 2002.
...what are they? What do they do? What is the point in having one? Is it worth $100?
Search the archives. Plenty of info there.
If you don't know what it is, you probably don't need one.
Hey Phoenix21, nice to hear from another GA bass-ment dweller! In case you don't find what you are looking for in the archives, the short version is this:
A compressor "evens" out the varying levels that come out of your bass. For example, a lot of guys that slap and pull off notes will use one so those notes aren't significantly hotter than all the others. Studios tend to run most bass tracks through a compressor for that reason. However, if it isn't set correctly, or isn't a good one, it can tend to "squash" your tone. I find myself playing with one a lot less now than I used to, as it tends to make me more aware of my dynamics. I don't know if it's right for you or not. Maybe you could borrow one first and see what it does or doesn't do for you before dropping $100. Good luck!
Thanks. That helps, a lot. I doubt I will get one, unless I purchase a Fender Jazz anytime soon. I find that when I pluck one of the higher notes on a Jazz, it pops real loud (compared to the mid- and low-notes). Again, thanks!
By the way, where is Grayson?
Um I gave an explanation a while back in my welcome the new moderator thread a little while back... Sorry.