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Old 8th July 2005
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Plugins for bass compression

I just can't find a plug that evens out bass guitar like the DBX160.
What compression plugs do you like on bass guitar?

Thanks.
Old 8th July 2005
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I've been using McDSP's G Channel for the last coupleof months, and liking it a lot. before then, RennComp. But I should also add that if you want an even bass level, finding a bassist who plays evenly makes everything a lot easier....
Old 8th July 2005
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you may also find that automating and riding the bass can get you a big sound without engulfing the whole bottom end oomph.
Old 8th July 2005
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The LA2A in my UAD-1, sometimes coupled with a 1176LN...heaven!

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Old 8th July 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Winey
I just can't find a plug that evens out bass guitar like the DBX160.
What compression plugs do you like on bass guitar?

Thanks.
Unfortunately there isn't any plugin that sounds even similar to a DBX160 or 165 which is my favourite.

I'm still waiting for someone to tackle it. UA?

Or maybe it's time URS does compression plugins in the style of their EQ's?
Old 8th July 2005
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UAD Fairchild + UAD Pultec Pro =
Old 8th July 2005
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Unfortunately there isn't any plugin that sounds even similar to a DBX160 or 165 which is my favourite.
McDsp's Compressorbank.
Old 8th July 2005
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The LA2A in my UAD-1, sometimes coupled with a 1176LN...heaven!

chewie
I like the uad la2a as well haven't tried coupling with the 1176 though...

haven't tried the fairchild either to my ears it seems to cut the subs off at least when i tried it on 2 bus...
Old 8th July 2005
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I like the Voxengo Elephant. thumbsup
Old 9th July 2005
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Sony Oxford dynamics.

Sony Transmod.
Old 9th July 2005
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UAD-1 LA-2A, 1176ln, or Fairchild if you want a more vintage sound (yes it has a slight roll off of the sub freqs).

These all have worked well for me, although none of them are really like a dbx unit.
Old 9th July 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Messiah
you may also find that automating and riding the bass can get you a big sound without engulfing the whole bottom end oomph.
i like this approach more./
Old 9th July 2005
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Originally Posted by Messiah
you may also find that automating and riding the bass can get you a big sound without engulfing the whole bottom end oomph.
A MUCH better solution. It's known in some circles as "arm-strong" compression.

This can be mixed with a bit of something like a SansAmp when there's a problem of the bass cutting through the arrangement.
Old 9th July 2005
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Strangely enough, I tend to use the ultra simple "Blockfish" in parallel with a UAD 1176 plug...just enough difference to make the end result interesting and noticeable without becoming muddy. Often, I'll run one of these tracks through a Mosvalve BluetubeII preamp just to add a slightly different EQ as well...

But what the hell do I know?
Old 9th July 2005
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Originally Posted by Dave Martin
I've been using McDSP's G Channel for the last coupleof months, and liking it a lot. before then, RennComp. But I should also add that if you want an even bass level, finding a bassist who plays evenly makes everything a lot easier....
Ditto!
Occassionally, but not as much since Channel G:
Ren Comp -> Oxford EQ w/GML (or BF Pultec) -> BF Fairchild
Forte or Channel Strip sometimes.
Old 9th July 2005
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L1 That'll pancake it like nobody's business.

The Sans Amp thing is a staple for me as well. Especially on a parallel track. Works wonders.
Old 9th July 2005
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Automation is the thing, but I also like the McDsp MC2000. In fact, I use that one for lots of stuff. I think it's one of the most passed-over of McDsp's plugins.
Old 9th July 2005
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Automation is the thing, but I also like the McDsp MC2000. In fact, I use that one for lots of stuff. I think it's one of the most passed-over of McDsp's plugins.
Agreed on both points.
Automating can be tedious but well worth it.
Old 19th October 2008
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My 2 cents ....
When you record the bass record it just as present in the mid range as possible without adding to much low end , add the low freq later with eq . It rocks together with waves r-comp for example .
i record my fender jazz bass direct using 100% of the bridge pickup and 70-80 % of my neck pickup and its great sounding bass track for almost every music style ,adding 100hz for more power in LF.
Lifting 800 hz and 2 Kz can help alot .

Nice day
Old 19th October 2008
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+ 1 for Blockfish if you tune the distortion
and also, for me, T-Racks compressor... nail it almost everytime

-Alxi-
Old 19th October 2008
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UAD Fairchild + UAD Pultec Pro =
x2
Sometimes UAD 1176LN , URS A EQ and the UAD Pultec
Old 19th October 2008
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+ 1 for Blockfish if you tune the distortion
and also, for me, T-Racks compressor... nail it almost everytime

-Alxi-
Yeah, T-RackS comp is still usable for bass too.
Blockfish is also great plug but for Mac ver.... it's only PPC.
Old 19th October 2008
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My 2 cents ....

Lifting 800 hz and 2 Kz can help alot .

Nice day
Lifting as in boosting or lifting as in taking away?
Old 19th October 2008
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I like,

Smack LE, very good comp with drive stuff


Old 19th October 2008
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BF 1176 seems to work well for me, and occasionally the Waves Ren Axx
Old 19th October 2008
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UAD's VCA VU compressor without a doubt!
Old 19th October 2008
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Waves Ren Axx is suppose to be dedicated to this task. I use it sometime, but not all the time on bass. I usually use the Ren Comp.

I think hardware compressor will make this easier (of course u want plugins), an even bass performance will do better, as mentioned.
Old 19th October 2008
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The thread is three years old.. I'm guessing he found something.

narco
Old 19th October 2008
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The thread is three years old.. I'm guessing he found something.

narco
heh you so right, but it's good threads like these are revived with new info. u never know who else was looking for this type of info. So many new users since 3 years.
Old 19th October 2008
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The thread is three years old.. I'm guessing he found something.

narco
Hahaha.
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