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Compressors.....with Poll

Discussion in 'Bass Pedals, Effects & Preamps' started by RIP, Dec 6, 2017.

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Do you use Compressors....

  1. Always

    15 vote(s)
    55.6%
  2. Sometimes

    8 vote(s)
    29.6%
  3. Never

    4 vote(s)
    14.8%
  1. ectoflanger

    ectoflanger Supporting Member

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    I would apt to purchase for the artwork alone-
     
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  2. XXL

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    I don't believe so but I'll ask the builder if it is.

    Yeah me likey! Bonus that the pedal kicks butt too. :)
     
  3. ectoflanger

    ectoflanger Supporting Member

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    I’ve used them for guitar- I still have an analog Boss CS-2- but never use one for bass-

    So....what’s the deal? Can I get a before and after sound clip?
     
  4. Bassist4Eris

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    Here's a recording I made a long time ago to demonstrate this. I play the main riff of "I'll Take You There" four times with the compressor off. Then four times with it on. Then four off again, and four on again.

    Dropbox - Markbass Compressore (off for four, on for four, off for four, on for four).mp3
     
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  5. ectoflanger

    ectoflanger Supporting Member

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    I liked the second iteration best though all of them sounded good to me-

    Thank you for sharing!
     
  6. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

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    Impressive demo, thanks. Do you remember the settings used? Do you consider it heavy compression? (I kind of do)
     
  7. ectoflanger

    ectoflanger Supporting Member

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    Questions -

    Did you use the same bass for all four recordings?
    What recording hardware and/or software did you use?
     
  8. Bassist4Eris

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    I don't recall the settings, but I don't tend to crank the ratio knob up too terribly far in general.

    It's the same bass and compressor: Fender Precision into Markbass Compressore. I just played the riff four times with the compressor off, then turned on the compressor for four repeats, then back off for four, then back on for four, all in one take.

    I recorded it straight into a Tascam US 2x2 interface. Software was Audacity. No plug-ins or other enhancements were used.
     
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  9. DiMarco

    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    The power of compression is not easily judged without hearing the bass within the total mix of instruments in a recording.
    What the compression does is it makes the bass "settle" in the mix. And when it does, all the other instruments become easier to distinguish.
     
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  10. Bassist4Eris

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    I agree. But I think you can also hear in my recording how much "tone magic" the Compressore has hiding in it.
     
  11. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I recently aquired a Cali76 OMG - this is the best investment I ever made in gear :) I was using the EBS Multicomp before - which is ok but the Cali Oh boy :)
     
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  12. Nightmaresandconclusions

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    Yeah i love my cali76, i have not found a better comp in a pedal format.

    Mine has the iron transformer which sounds lush. Its the older large format one.
     
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    Right compression squashes dynamic range. You set a threshold and any signal which exceeds that amplitude is attenuated. You control the attenuation with attack and release and scale the amount with the ratio.
    Compression allows you to bring out the inaudible details in a sound. If you have a noisy recording and compress it you'll end up with a mess. If you have a lovingly rendered vocal and add a little mix bus compression you'll bring out the consonants and enunciation.
    I never directly compress really. I'll use a bus. For kick drums I might add a second chain which is extremely compressed (low attackandrelease) this combines the tight centred punchy kick with the looser one and the total sounds great.
    Just use a tiny amount and scale up as with anything.
    The opposite of compression is expansion which does the same thing but in reverse so any sounds below a threshold are attenuated. You can then raise the overall volume and preserve the main elements.
    There are passalot of characterful compressors around. Most synths have a built in compressor which has a really powerful impact on the timbre itself
    You can checn this review which may help you to pick the right compressor if you need or extend your knowledge on the topic: 8 Best Compressor Pedals (Jan. 2019) – Reviews & Buying Guide
     
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    Sometimes, but not often and not in the typical manner. I prefer and uncompressed bass sound BUT for certain effects it helps to send a compressed signal. Octave (pitch shifting) effects work much better with a compressed signal. Also when I have a tape style delay going that can be easily overdriven a compressor helps in avoiding that. So when I do use one it's often in a parallel effects loop.
     
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    Still using the Cali CB. Its HPF and comping (blending in the uncompressed signal) make it sound more natural while it is performing its task.
    This is not an 'effect' type of compressor like the Aguilar TLC which makes everything sound super punchy, and it is always on.

    I now combine it with a Two Notes "Le Bass" tube preamp to get a more lush overall tone out of my brutally honest class D amps.
     
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