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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by scubaduba, May 21, 2018.
There’s always a case for keeping both, lol.
Dear Señor Scuba,
The master list on page 1 hasn't been updated in nearly 3 months. Are there any new comps to add?
I've recently become interested in compressors, and have read a few of the reviews you posted.
One I'm curious about, that isn't listed, is the Keeley Bassist. Simple 3-knob set-up. Seems like a solid, introductory compressor.
Yeah, sorry. Guess I’ve been slacking off.
I have been busy with my other shootout: Tube Preamp/DI Sound Samples — Noble, Oracle, P-15, Super Stack, REDDI, Tonecraft, Jule...
I didn’t bring my board to band practice today and badly wanted a compressor half-way through the set.
I tried the only one the jam space had in stock, a JHS 3 Series Compressor.
I’ve owned many compressors and have tried countless others. All of them have been great. I didn’t think it was possible for a compressor to make things sound worse, but this one did. It thinned my sound. It was absolutely totally unusable.
To be fair, it is a $99 pedal aimed at guitarists.
I don’t like bashing products, but I thought some of you might want to be aware if you’re thinking of buying without trying.
YMMV, of course. Also, I’m precisely talking about the 3 Series Compressor. I believe JHS has two other compressors. I haven’t tried them and wouldn’t mind doing so for I don’t believe it’s fair to judge a brand based on its affordable series.
That dog is my spirit animal.
If anyone wants to try the Cali76 Compact Bass, I’ve posted mine (my third one, actually) in the classifieds. I’m even including a 20% discount code for the Empress Website for when you’ll want to try the Empress Bass Compressor
How well do ‘bass’ compressors work on guitar. Specifically Diamonds, but also interested in general how well they work or why they wouldn’t work well. I’ve been tempted by a Cali Bass, Keeleys, etc but would like dual functionality if I’m to go down that road.
I understand why a guitar comp might not work as well on bass but vise versa?
It seems to me that it wouldn't matter and that a guitar should work just as well, if not better, with a bass comp.
In general, most "bass" comps will work with guitar but some may not be optimal. The lowest frequencies of the bass have a lot of energy which tends to make compressor clamp down too hard on the signal. This can make the bass sound dull. Bass compressors usually have some sort of compensation for that, such as a high pass filter on the detection circuit, or parallel compression. The long wave-lengths of bass generally require slower attack and longer release settings. The tonal goals of bass, such as emphasizing punch over sustain, also lend themselves to different compression parameters. So, while a bass compressor will work, it may not be optimal for guitar. I would look for general purpose compressors with full parameter control if you need it to serve both instruments.
The Darkglass Hyper Luminal has a guitar mode. I use it in both my guitar and bass rigs.
The Diamond bass comp has a toggle switch to change the EQ point from Bass to guitar, and it works really well with guitar as well.
Thanks for the insight, everyone!
I'm pleased to report that . . . now that I'm going back to my rackmount setup . . . again . . . don't ask, it's too soon . . . the OvniFx Opto Smoothie works FANTASTICALLY in the effects loop of my rack pre with the -20dB engaged. Sounds so fat and creamy. I love it.
But.... your pedal board takes up an entire bachelor apartment....... wot?
Therein lies the conundrum. Don’t worry. The pedalboard isn’t all going away.
How long is the waiting time for FEA OPTI-FET?
I am waiting for a long time...
I’m not worried about that. It doesn’t even fit out the doorway.
Truth. It’s physically incapable of ever leaving. I’ll have to remove a wall.
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