Quick effects question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Truktek2, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Truktek2


    Sep 5, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Should I run my bass signal through my preamp or compressor first? I'm thinking compressor, but I would like a few other opinions. Thank you bass gurus.....;)
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Try both, use your ears to decide.
  3. tyrelnorth

    tyrelnorth Guest

    Dec 4, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    I ran mine compressor first because that way my bass signal is solid from the get go, also if I changed setting on my preamp I would have to change settings on my compressor.
  4. Compressor first is the general rule of thumb. That doesn't mean you can't play around with it, though!
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Err, that totally depends on what is meant by "preamp", and what the specific design of the compressor is, and what results you are trying to achieve!

    Read the compressor and preamp FAQ links in my sig.

    Different pre's and comps may be designed for different input and output levels, balanced or unbalanced, so RTM for both units to determine their specific needs at in and output. If they both take the same type of connection and signal level at input and output, then it is strictly up to the results you are trying to achieve, and what sounds best to you subjectively.