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Recommendation for a bass compressor pedal and settings

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by fakeocaster, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. fakeocaster

    fakeocaster Tele-Afflicted

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    full disclosure...I'm primarily a guitar player but I can play bass well enough for home recording however my finger style technique isn't good enough. While of course I need to practice more I'm thinking I'm getting a compressor to even out the attack. Anyone got suggestions?
     
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    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    MXR Bass Compressor... or sort it in software after.
     
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    I'm thinking about picking up a Monoprice bass so I can tinker around with it for looping purposes. I can't make a recommendation on one however because I've never played one. I simply want something cheap and functional.
     
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    Skip the pedal and get a BBE Sonic Maximizer.
     
  5. rze99

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    I play bass either for recording or just for fun when the feeling takes me.

    To be frank I just use my guitar compressor (Wampler or Keeley) set blend to low but just enough to even out the attack with bass drum parts.

    I don’t see special need for bad compressors but await true enlightenment;)
     
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    MXR M87 Bass compressor. It is sort of the standard for a bass pedal. Guitar compressor pedals typically don't have the high ratios that bass compressor pedals do.
     
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    Do it in the box. Nothing against pedals, but there are few good reasons that I can see to buy a pedal for this when there are a million solid software options to use in the DAW. The only one I can really think of is that sometimes having the compression in the chain while tracking changes the way people perform the part.

    I am currently using UAD compressors for this. I sometimes stack them. I'm pretty sure the basic compressor in your DAW--whatever it is--will work fine. I have used the compresor that comes with Logic and it's fine.
     
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    I use a Joyo classic guitar compressor for bass, but more for the character and fatness it imparts than for actual compression. I found the Wampler to be quite good, as well. These two do not overly squash the low end like some non-bass compressor pedals do. However, if I were looking to even out a track strictly for recording, as is your intention, I would definitely use a more transparent compressor and likely a DAW plugin, as has already been suggested.
     
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    I use a (guitar) Xotic SP with my P Bass. I don't use much compression, but it works fine for my needs.
     
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    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    My hunt ended with the Keeley Bassist.
    https://robertkeeley.com/product/bassist-compressor/

    Good reviews on most every model compressor by a pro bassist....
    http://www.ovnilab.com/

    The MXR87 is a good one as well.

    Further cleaning up of clank and fret noise can be addressed with one of these..

    https://www.broughtonaudio.com/product-page/low-pass-filter
     
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    EBS Multicomp

    I've used one for years & it really works well

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    My settings are:

    •comp/limit 10:30'ish

    •gain slightly above unity about 9 oclock

    Mode set to tube sim
     
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    Preacher Friend of Leo's

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    I use a 7 band eq to fatten the tone before a Joyo green compressor with everything set at 12 O clock. It gives a little more sustain, adds a little level and cleans up the attack when I finger pick.
     
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    Diamond compressor, optical, is good for guitar and bass. There is also a bass compressor, suitable for 5 string bass and guitar.

    YMMV
     
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    I would be totally remiss if I didn't mention my Xotic SP Compressor. Transparent, easy to use and works great for just about everything I plug into it.

    There are some "mini-DIP" switches inside to set the Attack and Release. I prefer a little higher picking attack (sharper & clearer) before the compression kicks in to smooth things out, so I have mine set as such:

    04-04-2018 Attack-Release Setting.jpg

    Otherwise I tend to gravitate to the "Mid" compression level with the knobs set "to taste".

    I'd start off with the Volume set to "unity gain" (the same volume whether the unit is switched on or off) and the Blend about mid way - and go from there - although there's really no "right or wrong" setting on this thing (as long as you steer clear of anything extreme).

    04-04-2018 SP ''Top'' Settings.JPG
     
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