Sorry for the Newbie Question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Evilash, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. Evilash


    Mar 12, 2004
    What exactly does a compressor do? How can I use it to change my tone? I've never quite understood what was behind them. I'd like to get a warm tubey type sound. Can getting the right compressor help me with that? Thanks in advance.
  2. Evilash


    Mar 12, 2004
    Wow thanks. Thats a great read. Now that I sorta understand (I"ll have to reread that a few more times), What are some good suggestions for a compressor? I have been looking at the EBS MultiComp. Any other ideas? Thanks again.
  3. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    The best way to understand what a compressor does is to do the following:
    - Get a compressor like a Boss CS 3 will do.
    - Mic up your your bass amp with a really good studio microphone.
    - Record and playback the "uncompressed" amp sound
    - Set the compressor at: Level 5, Tone 5, Attack 10, Sustain 10
    - Record and playback the "compressed" amp sound
    - Now compare the two sounds, you should get a sense of what the compressor is doing to the sound dynamics.
  4. Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Apr 14, 2002
    Helena, MT U.S.A 59602
    BEE basses, Morley pedals
    I use the EBS multi comp, the APHEX 108, and the compressor in my tc electronics g major...

    i HIGHLY reccomend the EBS. especially if you are already looking at it...

    if i only owned one of the above...

    the EBS multi comp would be the one!