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Old 8th May 2006
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Question Bass compressor / effects

Hey guys, I'm looking to get a nice transparent sounding compressor to use live with electric bass. I currently use just an ART Tube MP preamp into a digital parametric EQ and a Crown 1200 watt power amp. I'm basically looking for something around $200 - so far I have checked out the BBE MaxCom and the dbx units around the same price.

However, I'm also looking for a unit to do reverb for my guitar preamp as well. Would it be wise to get a digi multi effects rack unit to do both compression and reverb, or would that not supply a satisfying compression? As far as these multieffects racks go, I've seen the Lexicon Mx200 and TC Electronic M300 (or possibly the G-Major) in my price range. Does anyone have any thoughts on these units or some other reasonably priced alternatives? Thanks.
Old 8th May 2006
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If you're gonna use them live, why not look into a couple of nice pedals? A lot of the decent pedals are far superior to cheaper rackmount stuff, and can be had for very good prices.

Try looking here: http://musictoyz.com/guitar/index_gtrpedal.php

They have plenty of rackmount stuff to look at, too.
Old 8th May 2006
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don't get a multi-effects box, if you ask me. the compressors on them rarely work well, and it's extraordinarily difficult to make changes when playing live. i second raggedy's recommendation -- try out some of the pedal based compressors and verbs. you can probably clock in around $200 and be very happy.

nick
Old 9th May 2006
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Alright, let me get my flame-suit on....


The Alesis 3630 works fine for bass compression in a live rig. Take your extra money and get something nice for your guitar.



-tINY

Old 9th May 2006
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I have used the Digitech Bass Squeeze, and it become known as the Tone Eraser. Horrible pedal. I then went to an Alesis NanoComp, which I believe is just half of a 3630. Even when bypassed, there was notiable reduction in bass frequencies. It did not do the job at all. Just terrible.

I wanted a nicer one/rackmount one so I had more control over what it was doing (the Digitech had an auto-makeup gain that created a lot of noise, in addition to its general suckiness). At this point, I'm not willing to drop $200 or more to try out something else, as it's not crucial for my live rig. The Boss Compressor pedal gets good reviews, but I think that's from guitar players looking for sustain and shredding assistance.
Old 9th May 2006
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The little black Maxon is a good box. Tried it out once with my bass player, sounded ok to me. It's also fairly subtle.
Old 9th May 2006
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Originally Posted by davetron5000
I have used the Digitech Bass Squeeze, and it become known as the Tone Eraser. Horrible pedal. I then went to an Alesis NanoComp, which I believe is just half of a 3630. Even when bypassed, there was notiable reduction in bass frequencies. It did not do the job at all. Just terrible.
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The 3630/nanocomp is a line level device. Using it in front of the pre amp is not a good idea. Some units have been reported as having a DC offset issue. Mine does not exhibit this.

It's not a "great" comp, but it has full controls and it works fine for things without sharp transients.



-tINY

Old 12th May 2006
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I'm not a big fan of playing bass live with a compressor trough your rig. Leave compression to the FOH guy.

but... if I *had* to play with compression on my monitoring signal I'd choose an EBS. Very versatile and easy to set up.

That or a LA-2A


Herwig
Old 12th May 2006
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Get EBS MultiComp - it is very musical compressor.

AaPee
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