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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. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!


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