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Posted 01 November 2016 - 06:46 PM

I couldn't really hear much difference with the EBS one,,but really loved the Fairfield Accountant; squishy and dirty.
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Posted 04 November 2016 - 11:09 AM

MXR for me, but a mate of mine who is a very good basssist is a Cali man

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 11:30 AM

MXR for me, but a mate of mine who is a very good basssist is a Cali man

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 06:27 PM

Once the JoeMeek FloorQ entered my signal chain I've not once thought of trading it out. If I had to live with only 1 pedal from my board, the FloorQ would be it. It's a bit pricey for a stomp box, but well worth it imo.

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 06:58 PM

Just recently acquired a Rothwell Love Squeeze & think this is a keeper :) .. previous compressors have been Markbass / Diamond / TC Spectracomp & for various reasons I've moved them on (mainly added noise), this Rothwell is so quiet :) !
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Posted 10 November 2016 - 10:55 AM

View PostFunky Ghost, on 09 November 2016 - 06:27 PM, said:

Once the JoeMeek FloorQ entered my signal chain I've not once thought of trading it out. If I had to live with only 1 pedal from my board, the FloorQ would be it. It's a bit pricey for a stomp box, but well worth it imo.

I have used a rackmount version of this compressor a lot for recording bass, and I love it, great choice!
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Posted 10 November 2016 - 06:04 PM

I think I've got three that I swap around - There may be another couple in my 'spares' box.

Aguilar TLC tends to sit on the board for gigging as it happens to fit my tiny board really well and I like it for live work.

I've also got a Diamond bass comp which is very 'musical' and a Demeter Compulator.

The latter pair sound great but maybe take a bit more care in setting up, well, for me anyway!

Ovni Labs is great review site for loads of compressors - well worth a read :)
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Posted 10 November 2016 - 06:27 PM

Happy Effectrode PC-2A user here, traded it with a Diamond. It's a very overlooked pedal, yet Ovnilab places it in the top tier.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 02:16 PM

Using a SolidGold FX Horizon - gorgeous old school optical compression

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 10:09 PM

I like the inbuilt compressor on my EBS Fafner.

In pedal form though I have the Keeley Bassist. Brilliant pedal.

I tried the Aguilar TLC a while back, it was really good as well.

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 10:35 PM

I picked up a mint, used Joe Meek FloorQ £95 from Ebay about a month ago. With my Aria semi-hollow bass it sounds really great! I was purposefully looking for that exaggerated, sluggish '60s optical compressor tone; definitely as a perceptible effect rather than some sort of transparent tone-sweetener effect.

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 12:23 AM

I've been using a Palmer Deepressor for a while now and despite being quite an affordable and simple pedal I'm really liking it.
The pad button helps to tame the overly hot pre-amp on my Sterling Sub Ray for a start.
Probably not the most fashionable compressor but it evens things out nicely without squashing too much and adds a lovely punch. I've also found it to be surprisingly quiet.
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Posted 27 November 2016 - 01:04 AM

View PostPainy, on 27 November 2016 - 12:23 AM, said:

I've been using a Palmer Deepressor for a while now and despite being quite an affordable and simple pedal I'm really liking it.
The pad button helps to tame the overly hot pre-amp on my Sterling Sub Ray for a start.
Probably not the most fashionable compressor but it evens things out nicely without squashing too much and adds a lovely punch. I've also found it to be surprisingly quiet.

I've been eyeing one of these up! How does it match up to other compressors? :)

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 09:33 AM

I think it holds up pretty well to be honest and very simple to use. That simplicity means it's probably not the most versatile comp but what it does do, I think it does very well.
My Sub Ray 5 has a very hot pre-amp which the pad helps with but the low B is for some reason still much hotter than the other strings even with the pup lowered on that side. The comp evens things out between the strings nicely and effectively makes the B string usable.
It adds some nice note definition and punch but without losing your original tone.
As the Ovnilab review says, the attack is quite slow even at the lowest settings but I like to preserve as much of the initial attack as possible so works really well for me.
I'd say that Palmer's own YouTube video for it is actually a pretty accurate demo.
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Posted 27 November 2016 - 05:36 PM

Just check ovnilab.com; thorough testing, "uncoloured" opinions and elaborate descriptions.
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Posted 22 December 2016 - 10:33 PM

Yes - ovnilab.com should be the 1st place to go for most things compressor related.

I bought a TC Nova Dynamics (pre-loved) about five years ago and I haven't found anything better - yet. It's not compact size though - but has decent metering.

Oddly for some, I have it positioned towards the end of my chain because I like it to control my overall level, rather than 'squash' it at the front end.

This year, I've tried the Hypergravity - which I REALLY wanted to like, but struggled to get my sound out of it. And, the Keeley Bassist (which was only OK and expensive!)

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 06:41 AM

Empress Compressor
Keeley Bassist (mostly as a limiter at the end of an effects chain)
EBS Multicomp

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 07:25 PM

I chose the M-87 because of the price, transparency, and flexibility. The Keeley Bassist was a close second. It pretty much came down to which one I found first, at the right price.

If price were not an issue, an Empress or a Cali76CB would have been my choice.
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:32 AM

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:40 AM

It depends what you want to achieve of course, but don't overlook the Boss LMB-3 or a cheap clone. It has a fixed, super-quick attack, but is great for general levelling, as subtle as you like. I have quite a few comps, three of which are based on the Boss!

The Rothwell is also great, but very limited in its scope for me; it seems to have a 'sweet spot' quite low on the dial, after which it is overcooked. However the action is (and I mean this as a compliment!) like a HiFi Dyna Comp. Nice 'pop' at the front of the note followed by a squished sustain, but without the low end loss and over emphasised envelope.

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:58 PM

I've had a few over the years, some better than others but I don't think that by spending more you get more. I recently parted with an EBS multicomp which I thought was superb - I've also got a Bassballs which does what you need and can be bought on ebay for about £30-40.

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 05:33 PM

I've just got a JOYO Dyna Comp pedal. For £30 it's very good.

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:08 PM

Ive used a couple of compressors; Boss CS3, line 6 compressor and the compressors on my zoom ms60B. All of them really failed to deliver on what I was after in a compressor, although the zoom got close. Finally got the boss bc-1x and all I can say is that I am finally happy. Build quality is great, has a simple layout and not enough options to get confused over. Sounds awesome going in to my DHA MK2 and really helps phatten up the already warm tone.
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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:49 AM

I recently sold a Boss CS2 - lousy for bass / great on a telecaster - and used the cash towards a BC1-X. I haven't really fiddled with it too much, but straight out of the box, with everything defaulted to about 10 o'clock except for threshold (1 o'clock), it does the job. I got it for harmonics, but I think the main issue there is a loud saturated Les Paul blasting in my left ear rather than the inherent dynamics of my bass rig. I have Joe Meek VC6 too, which is a super squishy onto-comp. Not foot switchable though.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 02:02 PM

I've no idea what it does but I got a Multicomp about 15 years ago and I can't play without it now, always on
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 02:03 PM

I've no idea what it does but I got a Multicomp about 15 years ago and I can't play without it now, always on
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 02:21 PM

View Postdannybuoy, on 10 November 2016 - 06:27 PM, said:

Happy Effectrode PC-2A user here, traded it with a Diamond. It's a very overlooked pedal, yet Ovnilab places it in the top tier.

I have one of these too but use it for guitar. Haven't yet tried it with bass but may do.

I currently have my name on the waiting list for an FEA Labs dual band compressor. Underrated here but not in the US.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 05:05 PM

View Postpaul_5, on 31 October 2016 - 03:06 PM, said:

Aphex punch factory (the old orange one). Really simple optical compressor.

This.

But after years of being convinced that I needed a compressor on all of the time live, I now find that that is not the case. That said, we're about to add a new song to the set that has a heavily compressed bass intro so I might be back in the market soon.
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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:19 PM

So I read the comments on here about the TC SpectraComp pedal and was seduced by its diminutive size so I ordered one. First impressions are really favourable, and the extent of the TonePrint editor software is phenomenal. Only had limited time to play with this so far, but I'm liking the Nathan East TonePrint a lot and this will probably be my 'go to' until I get to grips with the editor.
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 01:59 PM

Fiddly things to get just right.. i find
I use the MXR M87 & the metering is a big bonus...
Switching from fingers to Slapping' shall we say. Yeld's a very big difference in sound.
Personally i like to use them to just " Grab the Sound" Not Squash it... they do give a fatness & more sustain to the sound...& used in conjuction with a Aphex Exciter' or a Sonic Stomp" then you are in a different Sound measure!!

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