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Rack compressor question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Inconnu, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Hi !

    I always thought (and been told) that you shouldn't use a rack compressor plugged between the bass and the amp (like you would with a pedal), but exclusively through an effect loop. Using it between the bass and the amp wouldn't drive the compressor enough for it to actually do something.

    Question : Is that true ?
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    rack compressors usually want a line level signal. a passive bass won't provide that, so you'll get tone loss.

    most active basses will get closer, so it's less of an issue.

    in the loop is ideal to avoid any tone-robbing signal mis-matches.
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    ^^^ True in general, but there are exceptions, a few rack comps that can run at instrument level. Check out the FAQ linked in my sig to learn the messy details.
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