Anyone have opinions on compression pedals?

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Administrator Since: Apr 03, 2002

I need to add a decent compressor to my pedalboard for bass guitar. That said, I'd like to think more versatile, if possible, and find something that will work with more uses than just bass guitar.

Anyone have opinions? I've previously always used a big ol' rack mount unit when my whole rig was rack based, I'm more pedal based now as my rig (MarkBass) is so small and light, there is no need to add a rack for just one unit, as I already have a decent pedalboard with tuner, Sansamp, etc...

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Since: Dec 04, 2007

May 20, 2017 02:35 am

It's not my area of expertise, but I'll pick our bass player's brain next time we rehearse. Might be a couple weeks, since I'm leaving on a trip in the morning. I'm assuming you want something that won't break the bank, haha. He's a career musician and engineer, so I'll try to pick his brain for something budget to middle of the road.

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Since: May 15, 2007

May 25, 2017 05:49 pm

It sounds like you want something beefy; so what I use probably isn't in your ballpark, but the pedal I use is a Behringer Compression/Sustainer (it was cheap, $30). It has controls for volume, tone, attack and sustain. I use it for an electric 12 string, it sounds good to me.

Since: Dec 04, 2007

Jul 13, 2017 06:36 am

Sorry I haven't responded on this. We've been having trouble finding time to get together on Saturdays this past month. The bass player is a career musician, so sometimes he's got a Saturday trip to somewhere for a gig. (last week it was Nantucket) One of his older kids also had a birthday (and got a baby grand piano) So, I haven't had a chance to really talk to him.

We are getting together on the 18th to polish up some stuff, because we're auditioning a drummer on the 25th at a rehearsal studio in Manayunk. Generally he said Tuesday nights are good for him, so, we're moving our rehearsals to that time.

Sorry for the delay.

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