WTmission
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#1
According to you which is the best compression\limiter pedal for bass?
Sliide90027
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#2
So many choices these days huh?

I have no compressor Pedal, but one in my old Digitech BP-8 which I love for the Preamp Section alone.

Harmony Central has lots of reviews for all sorts of products which might be more available to you than Digitech or Boss, but those are just two of a gaggle of great products out there. If you can find one that holds a few programs so you have multiple settings, I am sure it will stay with you longer than a simple Pedal.
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#3
i have heard great things about the mxr compressor, though i haven't used it personally.
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Captaincranky
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#4
I had an MXR compressor, used it on guitar. Excellent toy. They can make you really lazy and ruin your dynamics in the process. So use one thoughtfully, and when the situation actually calls for it.
Casketcreep
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#6
I paid £70 for the Ashdown Dual band compressor a while back. It was the worst compressor I have ever had the misfortune of using. It farted out the lows and did bugger all to the highs, and has a VU meter that seems to only serve an aesthetic function.

I tried to get a refund from the seller (I got it on eBay and they said refunds would be honoured up to a fortnight after purchase) by telling them that it basically didn't do anything that I wanted it to. They responded by telling me that I could not get a refund because I should have known what a compressor does before buying one, and that if it was in working order there was nothing they could do.

I just replied telling them that they should know what a compressor does before trying to manufacture one.


Worst compressor ever.
WTmission
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#7
Thanks for the info . This gave me an idea for a new discussion
Ziphoblat
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#8
Quote by Casketcreep
I paid £70 for the Ashdown Dual band compressor a while back. It was the worst compressor I have ever had the misfortune of using. It farted out the lows and did bugger all to the highs, and has a VU meter that seems to only serve an aesthetic function.

I tried to get a refund from the seller (I got it on eBay and they said refunds would be honoured up to a fortnight after purchase) by telling them that it basically didn't do anything that I wanted it to. They responded by telling me that I could not get a refund because I should have known what a compressor does before buying one, and that if it was in working order there was nothing they could do.

I just replied telling them that they should know what a compressor does before trying to manufacture one.


Worst compressor ever.


I think that Ashdown stopped the VU meters from working by disconnecting them because they realised at the last minute they were drawing more power than they intended and draining batteries in no time at all. The meters work on their later pedals (I have a Hyperdrive which is an awesome pedal but literally the only good piece of gear they've ever made imo). As I remember those compressors also don't work particularly well with active basses, but if you were running a passive bass through it I've got no idea.
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#9
Check out www.ovnilab.com

Lots of compressor reviews, all catered towards bass players. Brilliant site.
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Casketcreep
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#10
Quote by Ziphoblat
As I remember those compressors also don't work particularly well with active basses, but if you were running a passive bass through it I've got no idea.


I have both. It sounded shoddy though everything I put through it.
Sliide90027
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#11
THe Digitech BP-8 Compressor does great on my active Basses.

I love it.

The guys in band #1 love what it does to their tunes
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#12
Whatever you do, don't use a multi-channel rack compressor. I'm looking at you dbx 266xl and Samson S-com 4. I have used and owned both in the past, and it does not work like a pedal comp does.
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#13
I own an older BBE Opto Stomp. Great compression pedal for the price. Rugged and nice true by pass feature. However, I understand the newer version of the pedal is not so great.

The best I've played through is the Markbass Compressore. However with the 200 USD price tag, its a bit on the expensive side.