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do they exist? does anyone now if any good ones and are they expenxive? thanks heaps!
 
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There are a lot of compression pedals around, but as far as I've heard, the EBS Multicomp is one of the best (if not simply the best). And I have no idea what it should cost over there, sorry :p

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What's your reason for wanting one?
 
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I've heard nothing but good things about the Electro-Harmonix Black Finger :)

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I've heard the Aphex Punch Factory is pretty cool

http://www.aphex.com/pedals.htm


Speaking of Compressors... how many of you use them in a live situation?

Lex

Not me, I've tryed a few compressors out including the Aphex one. And to tell you the truth, I hate them. They did nothing but take away my tone. For shows, I use nothing more than my bass and my amp rig. :)
 

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ah jus want a bigger boom but i reckon il jus hang around for the rite amp now

i want one of these pedals now (kev, if ur reading this check this out)
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV3bLZLpqTQ[/ame]

its not bass but its pretty sweet what hes doing
 
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BBE Opti-Stomp is very nice. It is based on the BBE integrigty of top perfomance gear. I got one a few months ago and it blows anything else I've tried away. The BBE website has a good video of it and there are rave reviews almost everywhere on it.
 
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I'm planning to buy a limiter pedal (Boss maybe?), to remove some attack. My bass doesn't have any sustain in a live/band situation, i can onyl hear when i pluck...
 
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My Aphex Punch Factory pedal died... probably one day out of the guarantee... but I wouldn't use one now... but if I did, I'd get an EBS!
 
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I use the EBS MultiComp and am very happy with it! It sounds very good both when I play slaphand and rock'n roll! And it's solid built and very easy to use too!
 
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I must the say the EBS Multi Comp also, own one and that little black pedal is amazing, I've noticed a better balance between frequencies also it does not colour your sound, you'll get your tone without any interference.
Probably the only con is, the high price at least here in Portugal, it goes around from 160/170 euros, but it's worth every cent.
 

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Lex said:
I've heard the Aphex Punch Factory is pretty cool

http://www.aphex.com/pedals.htm


Speaking of Compressors... how many of you use them in a live situation?

Lex

I use it, I think the compressor is pretty useful in a pop- rock, soul band, whatever...
I've seen a lot of good reviews for pedal compressors that wer pretty shitty. Don't trust 99% of the reviews. First of all 90% of the bassists don't know how to use a compressor. How to make a good review when you don't know what's the compressor for?
However, I trust a little the EBS multicomp... never tried it but I just have a good feeling.
Much better I guess is to look for a used rack compressor...
You have more settings and you are forced to learn how a compressor really works, what's treshold, attack, release, ratio, makeup gain etc...

You don't need to spend a lot of money. Probably the best compressor for bass I've ever tried was the SYMETRIX 501. You can find it used even for 80 USD in the states, and again... it's a great device.
@ Matt... Unless you REALLY know what are you doing, please don't spend your money on a limiter, it's really unmusical...
 
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I have a limiter I sometimes use. I crank up the drive on my compressor and it gets a really thick nasty tone, but keeps the volume in check. Only use it sometimes though.
 
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+1 on the EBS MultiComp. I use it for just a smidge of compression and leave it on all the time.

It's helps minimize the volume difference between slap and finger style, and it also evens out things like envelope filters that have a pretty large dynamic range.
 
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This guy has done seriously superb work to this topic:
http://www.werner-homeier.de/compressortest.htm

Yeah, most is in German - but the soundfiles speak for themselves.
Considering those mp3s im either into an TC Vintage or an EBS.
I would love to have an DBX166XL and looking for them on ebay all the time - but before i haven't got my new rack i'm not going to pay more than 130€ for it ("as long as I don't know exactly how my rack will sound, i don't want any modelling to it").

but sometimes I really have trouble to really FEEL what a comp does.
the sound-examples most of the time sound like other eq-settings to me.
so till now I'm not to sure if I really want one ("but eeeeevery body uses one, huh?")
 
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if you dont feel you need one...dont bother :)


comps can so easily do more harm than good
 
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I always use a comp. in a live setting. For one, it will help protect your drivers. It will also keep your bass signal from being "all over the place".

Learning to use one the right way is a must or you will ruin your tone. I used to have a punch factory and to my ears it added too much color. The EBS is alot better, or if you want a rack unit then go for the dbx 160a.
 
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