Tried to use a compressor.. mixed results!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by thekage, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. thekage


    Jan 22, 2008
    Cape Girardeau MO
    I have a Behringer Autocom Pro that I have had for like 2 or 3 years I bought for a PA and never used it. So I thought what the heck, lets try it with my bass. I stuck it in the effects loop on my amp and it was very wierd. It made my bass sound very metallic.
    I engaged the auto switch and I lost all sound unless I struck the strings VERY hard. So I put it back on manual. I tried what seemed like every combination of knobs possible for about 45 minutes and never found a usable volume range with out the adding a very metallic sound. Any help?
  2. JazznFunk


    Mar 26, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    cheap compressors, or at least compressors not designed for use with basses, can suck the low end and tone overall out of a signal. low end is the first to go usually. might just be the compressor itself. compression is not something to be used heavy-handedly on bass in most instances... just enough to even things out overall. i personally don't use any except to tame drastic peaks.
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Check the FAQ in my sig for instructions on how to set it up, and what to expect.