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Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:15 PM

Ok, I'm in the market for a compressor,what are you faves and why ?
Anyone had any dealings with the TC Spectra comp ?
I'd love too hear your suggestions before I spend any dosh.
Many thanks in advance.

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:23 PM

LOVE the Spectracomp!!!! When you get under the bonnet and start using editing the TonePrints you have a very thorough compressor with more parameters available for tweaking than any other pedal on the market. If you just load TonePrints though it's dead simple, sounds great and rather impressive.

It's my favourite. I also think the Hyper Gravity and now discontinued Nova Dynamics are very good. All three are triple band compressors where many are only single or dual band. That said, the EBS Multicomp, although particular, is good. I think the Seymour Duncan Studio Bass is absolutely brilliant as a full-band comp. It's blending options are clever and very helpful.

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:43 PM

Currently got a Trace Elliot SMX Dual and an Analogman Bi-Comprossor.

On the shopping list is a Darkglass Super Symmetry, when I've sold something to make room on the pedal shelf for it.

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:44 PM

I had never found a compressor that I liked. I was told that compressors were a good thing. They were not for me. Then I tried the TC Spectracomp. It is a little box of magic wonder. And so small it takes up virtually no space. There is nothing not to love.
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 02:56 PM

+1 on the Spectracomp. Ultimate flexibility including 'New York' style parallel compression.
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 04:07 PM

I really like my Darkglass.

I have previously loved the Empress, and one day I will have another.

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 04:59 PM

I nearly always have the EBS Multicomp going, been on my board for over 2 years now.
Haven't really tried anyother, I do have the spectracomp as part of my TC Electronic BG combo, but I only ever use that at home nowadays with headphones for practice etc.
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:08 PM

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:47 PM

View PostBa55me15ter, on 19 October 2016 - 02:56 PM, said:

+1 on the Spectracomp. Ultimate flexibility including 'New York' style parallel compression.

Indeed! My secret weapon on bass for nearly 20 years!

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:51 PM

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:59 PM

I have had very good results from the MXR but if I were in the market now I would be looking at the Keeley Pro, which has all the right knobs and monitoring.
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 06:36 PM

Darkglass Super Symmetry for me, every other compressor I have used has changed the tone too much. The Super Symmetry is very transparent, with a slight highs roll-off to take the edge off. Very 'phat' sound as a result. Definitely a compressor which you notice more when its off then on. Great metering, parallel compression, all the controls you would want... great unit :)
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 09:50 PM

Keep 'em coming chaps.
Definitely going to have a real good listen to the Spectra comp.
Thanks for your input so far.
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Posted 19 October 2016 - 09:52 PM

I like the EBS Multicomp a lot. I have two of them, one for the tiny board, another for the bigger one. But recently I got an MXR bass compressor (M87) because the Multicomp sounds great but it does have a certain 'colour', and the MXR is more transparent. I like the visual indicator that tells you how much compression has been applied which is very useful to dial soft mild compression... I like both.

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:04 PM

View Postdood, on 19 October 2016 - 05:47 PM, said:

Indeed! My secret weapon on bass for nearly 20 years!

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:07 PM

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:24 PM

Empress Compressor... parallel compression and enough squeeze for my tastes and it doesn't really impart its own character on your tone, it just enhances what's already there. It's ALWAYS on in my rig.

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:31 PM

Spectracomp or alternatively an M87 depending on my mood
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Posted 20 October 2016 - 07:27 AM

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 08:24 AM

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 08:38 PM

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 04:57 PM

Based on this thread I went and got a HyperGravity today. I was aiming to get the SpectraComp, but they'd sold out.
I thought it was worth the extra £16 for 3 more knobs and a switch...

After 3 hours I've only just scratched the surface of the Toneprint Editor, but already I'm getting great results.
I have a good feeling that things will get better when I figure out what the hell I'm doing.

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 05:38 PM

View Post0175westwood29, on 19 October 2016 - 05:51 PM, said:

i cant get away from my Cali 76 BC

Well here are the Andertons team demo'ing this and the Boss and EH pedals.... https://www.youtube....h?v=qPyYTjMRkTs

Tough to hear the difference although they come out in favour of the transparent Cali. Is the Spectracomp a rival? What would tone prints do for compression?

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 12:57 AM

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Well here are the Andertons team demo'ing this and the Boss and EH pedals.... https://www.youtube....h?v=qPyYTjMRkTs

Tough to hear the difference although they come out in favour of the transparent Cali. Is the Spectracomp a rival? What would tone prints do for compression?

Compression always hard, tbh I wouldn't call the Cali transparent at all!

Would like to try a few of the high end comps buts hard thing to get hold of the tc Dunlop stuff for demos
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Posted 31 October 2016 - 11:24 AM

I have a Thundertomate Optocompressor (Handbuilt in Spain), I´m not 100% sure but I think is based on Demeter Compulator.
It´s very smooth as any optocompressor

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 01:14 PM

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 03:06 PM

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 11:28 PM

EBS Multicomp for me. Simple and nice tone enhancer, great "Tube" setting with a hint of midrange boost and cool Multiband for slapping.
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Posted 31 October 2016 - 11:29 PM

View Postspark, on 31 October 2016 - 11:24 AM, said:

I have a Thundertomate Optocompressor (Handbuilt in Spain), I´m not 100% sure but I think is based on Demeter Compulator.
It´s very smooth as any optocompressor

Rober from Thundertomate made amazing pedals. I have one of his "bass drivers" and it is amazing.

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 10:13 AM

Aguilar TLC for pure transparent compression and my new favorite - Fairfield Circuitry Accountant - for dirtier stuff.
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