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So... I got the EBS Multicomp

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by chumbo73, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. chumbo73


    Nov 8, 2012
    My dad was at GuitarCenter and he called me "Hey, do you need something?", "Sure, I want the MXR Bass Compressor" but they only had the EBS Multicomp in stock.

    Although I got it for free, I must admit I really wanted the MXR because it just seemed the perfect compressor to me.

    So, do you think it will do its job? What about the different settings -Standard, Multiband and Tube? I have no idea how they perform.
  2. chumbo73


    Nov 8, 2012
    I'll post the review when I get it.

    I had three scenarios when I received the call:
    1. I don't want it, and keep playing without compressor
    2. I don't want it, and buy the MXR (here where I live it costs around $450)
    3. Yeah sure, why not?

    To sum up, damn you GC!
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  4. Are you sure you even need a compressor?
  5. chumbo73


    Nov 8, 2012
    Yes I do, especially when using the envelope filter
  6. Phagor


    Mar 26, 2002
    London, UK
    I use it on Standard mostly. Multiband is good for slapping, tube adds a bit of warmth, but I've got other pedals for that.

    It's a nice compressor - very transparent until you get to the higher compression settings. I wish it had a bit more control since I've got very nerdy recently about compressor attack and release times. But I doubt I'd hear the difference between the EBS and the MXR on a noisy gig.

    Since nobody's said it yet, here are the obligatory Ovnilabs reviews:


    If you want it after an envelope filter to catch sudden bloops then you might need the MXR to act as a limiter.
  7. I really dig dual/multiband comps, not tried the Multicomp though. I heard some pretty good stuff about it.
  8. chumbo73


    Nov 8, 2012
    But I have the EBS, can it be used as a limiter?
  9. Phagor


    Mar 26, 2002
    London, UK
    The EBS doesn't have threshold and ratio controls, so you can't really use it for limiting.

    For limiting, you'd set the threshold high so it doesn't compress your regular playing, just the very loud sounds. You set the ratio high so that it squashes the loud sounds heavily.

    With the EBS all you can do is turn the compression control up so that it squashes everything heavily. Sounds good, but it's not limiting.