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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by scubaduba, May 21, 2018.
You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...
And know when to strap them to a model rocket, the Titan XII
I tested the pedal a bit more today after work. I hate it even more now. The combined attack/release knob makes this pedal completely useless for anything but a crude and brutal parallel compression. Using it as a limiter to grab the biggest transients is pointless as the fast attack setting equals slow release, so grabbing the peaks couses a swell effect further down the note. Horrible. I hate every single aspect of this little pedal. I will stick to MV2 for adding weight to the note and that's a €30 plugin.
The Cali is in the box ready to be collected by a courier on Monday. I have no plans on touching this pedal anymore. I think I'd love this compressor if I had a Pbass and was a fan of the music of the 70s. Meh
Sounds like the empress is the cure...
Sadly they're very hard to find here in the EU. I will either go for Keeley Comp Pro or just drop this whole pedal idea and buy a 160A. I used to own a 160A and loved it. I don't know why I sold it.
Just as a note, the slowest attack setting on the CB is actually faster than the fastest attack setting on many compressors, particularly optical types. I wouldn’t get hung up on the F/S labeling.
I prefer the non-bass version myself, but yes I'm still not a big fan of it.
Attack must stay pretty much on its lowest setting, and ratio too.
only comp I've used since I started using pedals is The FEA LABs OPTIFET.. prolly should try the DECB or the Cali-76
Opti-Fet is a great one.
Who was happy to take it!
It’s definitely different. The observation others made that it grabs notes fast and really sustains them is spot on.
If you’re in the habit of playing lyrical passages up above the 12th fret, and you like a little (for lack of a better word) “synth-y” or more legato sort of feel, the Horizon can help get that for you.
As an “always-on just sounds good” compressor? Not IMO. This one is definitely more of an effect than it is a signal shaper. To me it’s one of those special use devices.
Got a question!
It is more transparent than the mxr m87?
Would you prefer one over the another?
I need a comp pedal with no coloration at all.
Great review by the way, thanks.
"No coloration at all" to mean would mean Empress (which of course is out of stock), or maybe the Keeley Bassist. Whether either of those is more transparent than the M87 is anyone's guess. But the M87 is good enough for Marcus Miller, so . . .
But don't believe the hype. Buying the comp that Marcus Miller uses will in no way make you play like Marcus Miller. Any more than buying Air Jordans will give me anything greater than my current 1" vertical leap.
Also keep in mind - most recorded compressors are not pedals. Not sure about Marcus’ case but you might be hearing a studio tone that’s very different.
No doubt. I'm sure he uses a $7,000 rack unit in the studio. I just know he has or at least had a couple of MXR boxes on his live pedalboard, the M87 and octave being a couple of them. But that might not even be true anymore.
@Meaculpa The Dedalo is more similar to the Diamond BCP-1/Diamond Bass Compressor Jr than the MXR M87.
Thanks guys...anyway I'm not in the search of MM tone hahaha..
I'm looking for a transparent compressor to get my sound more even while playing with my band. I recently saw a video of a "boss vs mxr" and both sounds really good but Boss add a little of grit I'm not after that...by now lol
Mxr m87 is based on diamond circuit also? Didn't know that.
Thanks for your input. So for a cleaner sterile compresor you will go with Gorila over m87?
Other way around. The MXR m87 is more transparent and neutral than the Dedalo or Diamond.
Your vertical leap sounds a little ...... compressed. No side chain? Maybe blend a little more dry into the mix.
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