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.
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.
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.
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...
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?")
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.