Originally Posted by jsaliba
Did I read correctly that you have the highpass in the detector stage engaged? You're going to have a hard time really evening out a bass that way since a huge part of the signal is......bass. Removing the highpass in the detector circuit will help even out the volume of very high and very low notes in relation to each other.
I disagree. When I use a Distressor on bass, I almost always engage the HP detector, because the majority of bass energy is in the low end. By allowing the low end to pass without triggering the compression, you can compress the mids and upper mids on the bass, giving you the added excitement while maintaining the nice full bottom and punchiness of the low end.
Otherwise, if you let the low end trigger the compression, it will pull down the mids and highs with it, making it sound smaller overall. At least that's my experience.