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Old 12-09-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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Compressor Pedals

Im looking to get a compressor pedal for just a light touch of compression for my upright bass when Im playing slap.
This is the whole rockabilly slap thing, where you slap the hand against the fingerboard for the click and pull the strings for the note.

The problem Ive had with 'single knob' compressors, is that the attack of the slap/click is so great it over activates the compressor, so as to diminish the sound of the note that immediately follows.

Years ago, I had access to a studio rack compressor that had a frequency bypass facility, so you could let high's go past the compressor unaffected but the lows got nicely controlled.

Does such an animal really exist, or is it a hazy drug fueled memory from the early 1990s?
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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You might be interested in a digitech bass squeeze as you can control high/low compression. But.......it was mildly OK and nothing to write home about. I've yet to find a 9v compressor pedal that's as good as a rack unit.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:43 PM   #3
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Maybe this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190476129606
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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I have heard good things about the Markbass Compressore.

http://www.ovnilab.com/reviews/markbass.shtml
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:29 PM   #5
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This has knobs for both attack and threshold...is this the kind of pedal you want?
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:35 PM   #6
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I dont think the BBE has the bypass or dual band circuitry Im looking for.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:11 PM   #7
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Years ago, I had access to a studio rack compressor...

Does such an animal really exist, or is it a hazy drug fueled memory from the early 1990s?
Wait...do you want a pedal or a rack compressor?

I have certainly never heard of a pedal that has a frequency bypass on it. I thought you were looking for pedals that used other methods to prevent the duration of the compressed signal to extend to the following note.

How handy are you with a soldering iron? It wouldn't be difficult to merge together a basic EQ (from a preamp, etc) with a compressor pedal...
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:18 PM   #8
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I had the Trace Eq pedal in that line of compressors. That's a quality built pedal. I can't say anything as to the compressor being good or not. Also, seeing the Trace reminded me that Ashdown makes/made a dual band compressor. Here's the ashdown page for it.

http://www.ashdownmusic.com/bass/detail.asp?ID=153

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Old 12-09-2010, 11:05 PM   #9
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Correct answer: EBS Multicomp.
the markbass is a fantastic pedal (will never sell mine), but it is not dual band.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:07 PM   #10
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Wait...do you want a pedal or a rack compressor?
Sorry for the ambiguity.. Pedal, please.
I dont want to do rack aaaaaanymore.

I dont think Im handy enough with a solder iron.
I can solder to circuit boards, and stuff, but I dont really understand what Im doing and need schematics.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:13 PM   #11
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There is this too.
http://www.talkbass.com/reviews/show...hp/product/688
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:32 PM   #12
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Better than anything suggested for your needs thus far, no offense:
http://www.robertkeeley.com/product.php?id=8

More of a "studio/rackmount" type comp. Transparent but nasty when you need it.
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Haven't tried that one, but I've never liked any of those model Digi pedals.
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You might be interested in a digitech bass squeeze as you can control high/low compression. But.......it was mildly OK and nothing to write home about. I've yet to find a 9v compressor pedal that's as good as a rack unit.
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Maybe I'm more critical than other reviewers. Anyway, I did find that it was pretty decent for guitar. The reviewer that said there were a lot of tonal variety available is correct. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:04 AM   #15
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FMR Audio just released their famed RNC in a pedal format. From what I read on their site, I'm already sold. I owned an RNC years ago based on the raves from all the full time engineers and it completely lived up to the hype(LOTS of it!).
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Three pedals come to mind....

1. Demeter Compulator
2. Maxon CP9 PRO+
3. EBS Multicomp

You can't go wrong with any of those pedals. I own the Maxon.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:32 PM   #17
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Guys... amost none of those compressors have bypass or dual compression.

EBS.. maybe
Trace
Digitec

but the others?
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Get a passive bass for slap and you won't need a compressor.
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Guys... amost none of those compressors have bypass or dual compression.

EBS.. maybe
Trace
Digitec

but the others?
Did you actually look at the ashdown pedal? I tried to make the pic obvious and provided a link. Ashdown claims true bypass.

edit: even "True Bypass Switching" is screen-printed on the pedal.
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Get a passive bass for slap and you won't need a compressor.
If only that were true.
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Did you actually look at the ashdown pedal? I tried to make the pic obvious and provided a link. Ashdown claims true bypass.

edit: even "True Bypass Switching" is screen-printed on the pedal.
He's talking about band bypass, not true.
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If only that were true.







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He's talking about band bypass, not true.
Yes. He wants to be able to control the compression on lows differently than on highs. If you don't want compression on one of the bands with these pedals, you turn the relevant potentiometer to 0. The Ashdown has that.
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I had access to a studio rack compressor that had a frequency bypass facility, so you could let high's go past the compressor unaffected but the lows got nicely controlled.
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"True Bypass Switching" is screen-printed on the pedal.
True Bypass switching is for when the compressor is turned on or off. Band bypass lets you turn off or on the compressor for certain frequencies. All I'm saying is that D Aussie never specified he wanted a true-bypass pedal in this thread.
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True Bypass switching is for when the compressor is turned on or off. Band bypass lets you turn off or on the compressor for certain frequencies. All I'm saying is that D Aussie never specified he wanted a true-bypass pedal in this thread.
No kidding. That's why I posted the previous post the way I did.
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Now, now, chaps!

The Ashdown does appear to be up to the task.
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No kidding. That's why I posted the previous post the way I did.
I'm not disagreeing with any of your suggestions or the specs. I'm just point out that "the pedal has true bypass" isn't really a logical response to "Does it have independent fequency controls?"

Obviously from the pic, we can tell that it has independant controls, and a true bypass (Although it doesn't have true bypass for the individual bands....obviously, as that would just be silly).
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I'm not disagreeing with any of your suggestions or the specs. I'm just point out that "the pedal has true bypass" isn't really a logical response to "Does it have independent fequency controls?"
No kidding. That's why I responded the way I did after your post pointing out the "true bypass."

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Obviously from the pic, we can tell that it has independant controls, and a true bypass (Although it doesn't have true bypass for the individual bands....obviously, as that would just be silly).
If it was so obvious, D Aussie would have included it with his list of the EBS, Trace and Digitech pedals. But this is what you get when you try to help a guy out with a music question around here.
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If it was so obvious, D Aussie would have included it with his list of the EBS, Trace and Digitech pedals. But this is what you get when you try to help a guy out with a music question around here.
Well that was the point of the link I posted....
You didn't really expect D Aussie to read the thread, or even look at all the pictures before narrowing down his choices, did you?
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I did read the thread, but I kinda got sidetracked when you told me to get a passive bass ... cant get much more passive than an upright.
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