Stompbox Compressor

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mbart203, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. mbart203


    Dec 29, 2009
    Hey guys,
    I'm looking to add a stompbox compressor in order to tighten up my sound without sounding squished or weird.
    I'd love some advice on compressors some of you have used that are on the more affordable, $150 or less side.

  2. A good place to start is a fellow members page here. bongomania is his username and he has a mountain of info related to compressors.Check it out!
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  3. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member

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  4. Buzz E

    Buzz E Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    Diamond Compressor. At your price range you're buying used, but they're awesome. Subtle without that gated compressed sound...adds a little fatness and articulation to your tone.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2017
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  5. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    +10 Diamond
  6. Dod 280 reissue. Simple, cheap and effective.
  7. That Coyote

    That Coyote

    Apr 7, 2017
    I just recently got a Keeley Bassist and so far so good. It allows me to really dial in my drive and fuzz tones without nasty volume spikes. I'd recommend it if your running a lot of pedals. Really tightens things up.
  8. I am a big fan of the MXR Bass Compressor, it's a 5 knob compressor but it's still simple to use. The gain reduction LEDs are awesome.
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  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
  10. Pacodelivery

    Pacodelivery Supporting Member

    May 25, 2014
    The keeley bassist, the MXR, or the Aguilar TLC are all good options if you want clean compression that doesn't color your tone much.
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  11. jam.majors


    Mar 24, 2009
    Louisville, Ky
    I love my Aguilar TLC, but I've been eyeing the MXR M76 for the sweet LEDs. It's same as the bass version [M87], I just like the color more. I think you can score them used around your price.
    But seriously, start with Bongomania's Top Picks and go from there. There are so many reviews to read that if you try to punch through them all you're gonna lose a month of your life.
    But definitely invest some time in the FAQ section for some great information on getting the most from compression.

    EDIT: added link for FAQ
  12. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Find a used MXR Bass Compressor pedal.
  13. Diamond or Empress
  14. Philly Watts

    Philly Watts

    May 6, 2016
    +1 for MXR M87

    Its awesome! I love how transparent it sounds (doesn't change your fundamental tone, just fattens, compresses, and limits real well).
  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I use the "lamp" and "normal" settings. That funky black guard is actually covering two 12ax7 tubes. Just a great pedal. Fatens things up and tightens at the same time.
  16. Pony up a little extra cash and get the Demeter Compulator. Simply the finest compressor pedal out there.

    I went through a dozen or so different compressor pedals before I thankfully discovered Demeter.

    Which ever pedal you try out, pay attention to the white noise it puts out as you increase the compression. It will drive you nuts after you've owned the pedal for a while. I tried a lot of pedals that had very cool compression, but were so noisy that they were useless.
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  17. EBS Multicomp is my favorite. Used they would be in your price range.
  18. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    i'm a big believer in the Mix/Blend knob .. !! helps keep Your tone intact ... i use mine to slightly tame possible spikes , tighten lows a bit , and add a little more sustain ..

    at that price , i really liked the Seymour Duncan ' Studio Bass ' ... mix with filter switch . !

    but i wanted something a little warmer with some visual cues = DarkGlass Super Symmetry ( but it's $200 )

    have heard good things regarding the Keeley Bassist ... it does have the Mix knob , but folks state it is very transparent .. ! ( especially at it's price point )
  19. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    The Demeter hasn't been an eye opener here and bongo didn't give it a great review but I agree with you. I think its a great compressor. Really fattens the bass.
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