Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ?

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Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ?

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Just wondering, for those of us that do most / all  our work virtually and in-the-box and live-input-monitored, what is your favourite Electric Bass Guitar Compressor  VST  plugin.
 
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/09 22:36:40 (permalink)
    To be honest, these is nothing wrong with the Sonitus compressor. Use it all the time.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/09 22:43:15 (permalink)
    I like the Vintage Channel 64 for it's ability to be very smooth, and for the gate and eq being right there.

    But then I am a vary dynamics-conscious bass player.
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/09 23:12:00 (permalink)
    got news for you and I'm NOT being a smart A**.
     Learn how to use a BASIC DBX unit until you have it down like your favorite food! Then ANY decent compressor from CakW or ANYone will work beautifully. Promise! ANY one of them from 2.2 on up provides quite fine companders. and THAT is what you will really want to know. Companders. They are monsterous at bringing back dynamics to all those d*** stomp boxes that compress compression! (compressor that triggers a bit of "after processed" expansion. Sounds confusing? Then DON'T buy anything untill ya know...otherwise if you are lazy and just want to kick ass....use the Vintage Channel 64. The presets will knock you down and keep you there.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/09 23:15:31 (permalink)
    By the way, BOTH nprime AND Dane Stewart are SPOT ON. Dead nuts! Oh yeah, my emails are Fretlessjv@.... as in play with bass AND guitar, MIDI guitar...self....

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 10:09:48 (permalink)
    I read on this forum a few weeks ago on VST plug ins and rediscovered some neat free plug ins from Antress (http://antress.er-webs.com/) that are downloaded as a bundle V4.95. The few that really work well on bass guitar are Dyna Killer, easy to use to get the bass to sit in your mix and the modern black dragon is a great Pultec to control the bottom end on bass or close miked guitars track
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 11:24:07 (permalink)
    my goto compressor for bass is the UAD 1176LN - often in tandem with an uncompressed signal. Carefully mixing the two keeps the bass "solid" but retains the "punch"

    Recently, I've also had a lot of success using IK Multimedia's Ampeg SVX virtual amp instead of compression. I've used it on a number of live recordings where I've DI'd the bass. Gotten nothing but raves from those bassists.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 11:42:55 (permalink)
    Depends on the bass and what you want to do with it Do you mainly want to change the charactaristics of the notes (attack/decay) or are you mainly after some smooth leveling to make the volume more even between different strings/notes?

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 11:49:30 (permalink)
    Try The Glue.
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 11:55:39 (permalink)
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    Recently, I've also had a lot of success using IK Multimedia's Ampeg SVX virtual amp instead of compression.  

    I like that and TRacks Model 670 compressor.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 12:01:07 (permalink)
    Ampeg SVX everytime =)
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 12:03:10 (permalink)
    UA Fairchild or TRacks equivalent...670.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 17:26:06 (permalink)
    Agree with my old pal yorolpal if you can afford a UAD card and by crikey they are cheap (my laptop card was only $650 aus of course wait until they have a good deal so you get a couple of good plugs), The Fairchild limiter is gold, the 1176 also on available from UAD and finally I agree with the poster above try the DBX and guess what they are also available from UAD.  I have tried a real DBX and for anything rhythm I love them.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 20:58:31 (permalink)
    My 0.02: it doesn't matter. On bass, the Sonitus compressor works just fine.

    Of course, if you have a few hundred bucks burning a hole in your pocket - or a few thousand - the 670 or 1176 emulations mentioned above will indeed do a great job. After all, the real hardware units they mimic have been studio standards for fifty years. Just don't think you have to spend a lot of money to compress a bass guitar, because you really don't.


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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 22:31:01 (permalink)
    All ya needs ta know is HOW TO USE ONE! They Alllll work just fine. It only has a BASSic duty. a few varialbles and the rest is added EQing via pre sets like the 64

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:02:30 (permalink)
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:04:29 (permalink)
    I use the waves SSl channel's comp and gate if needed ... the CLA bass preset is a winner.
     I add some waves RenBass if I need massive bottom end.
    I record all my Electric basses through a Pod X3 pro (Ampeg SVT... BX'74 rock classic with an 8x10 cab sim is a favourite)
    Upright bass I mic (using a Jomeek VC3 as mic pre) into a Finalizer set to "aggressive jazz bass" preset The Ampeg svx is also a fine plugin... I switched to Pod X3 pro when I bought it last year as it has a nice selection of bass amps on board.
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:14:35 (permalink)
    Bit's got the right idea...the Sonitus compressor that comes with Sonar is perfectly capable of controlling (or squashing) your bass track.  You just need to know how to use it. Study. Learn. Practise...practise...practise.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:16:26 (permalink)
    FabFilter Pro-C.  I use it for just about all my compression needs these days.  For electric bass I usually use Classic mode, but Opto and Clean modes do the job in the right situation as well.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:49:44 (permalink)
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    My 0.02: it doesn't matter. On bass, the Sonitus compressor works just fine.

    Of course, if you have a few hundred bucks burning a hole in your pocket - or a few thousand - the 670 or 1176 emulations mentioned above will indeed do a great job. After all, the real hardware units they mimic have been studio standards for fifty years. Just don't think you have to spend a lot of money to compress a bass guitar, because you really don't.


    yep you really dont

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:49:54 (permalink)
    uad2 quad card... any of their comps are awesome.  I'm partial to the fair child myself.

    and as usual bit is right... it's not the unit it's the operator
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:54:24 (permalink)
    It doesn't matter what compressor you use if you don't know what you want to use it for. When you know what you want to do with the compressor (not only what generic type of instrument) different compressors have different streanghts and weaknesses.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/10 23:56:22 (permalink)
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    FabFilter Pro-C.  I use it for just about all my compression needs these days.  For electric bass I usually use Classic mode, but Opto and Clean modes do the job in the right situation as well.

    +1 to Pro-C, though I also agree with Bitflipper.
     
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/11 00:08:47 (permalink)
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    FabFilter Pro-C.  I use it for just about all my compression needs these days.  For electric bass I usually use Classic mode, but Opto and Clean modes do the job in the right situation as well.

    +1 to Pro-C, though I also agree with Bitflipper.
     
    On a side note, how are ya doing Cryo?  Long time no see!
     
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    Yeah, I also agree with you and Bitflipper.  That's why I pretty much stick to one compressor that pretty much does it all.
     
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/11 00:29:34 (permalink)
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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/11 01:09:06 (permalink)
    Once you learn the Sonitus, no other plug is necessary. Sometimes I fire up the VC64 cuz it looks cool and inspires me!

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/11 11:15:32 (permalink)
    One of the nice things about the vintage emulations is that they also emulate the simplicity of the original gear. The Sonitus compressor is quite capable, but it has a lot more settings (knobs) than a classic 1176 or 670 emulation - knobs that all need to be in the right place for "that sound". The classic gear just seems to get musical results more easily than having to tweak all the settings of a "modern" plugin. At a price, of course.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/12 07:19:47 (permalink)
    Diverging slightly, but assuming you posted because you're trying to get your bass gtr to sit in the mix better, as well as compression (Sonitus) and the usual complementary EQ of other tracks (to give the bass some frequency room) I often add just a little distortion (usually the free CamelPhat plugin).

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/12 08:19:31 (permalink)
    I'm with JV on this one. To me, nothing beats a DBX compressor on bass. It just seems to fit like a glove. Then again, I'm with Yorolpal and Bit because I also use the Fairchild and the Sonitus quite a bit. It depends on the player and the instrument really. When you have a bassist that knows how to make love to a bass, it doesn't matter what compressor you use...as long as you know how to use one. When you get a guitarist trying to play bass and he plays it like a guitar or uses a pick, or one of these new kids that likes distortion or percussive type bass tones, you have to treat it differently and may need to use a compressor that allows you to deal with that sort of thing better.

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    Re:Best VST Compressor for Electric Bass Guitar .... what do you use ? 2010/10/12 08:59:18 (permalink)
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    Diverging slightly, but assuming you posted because you're trying to get your bass gtr to sit in the mix better, as well as compression (Sonitus) and the usual complementary EQ of other tracks (to give the bass some frequency room) I often add just a little distortion (usually the free CamelPhat plugin).

    You mean Camel Crusher, right?  I love that on Bass and Vocals (though it can be used on anything).
     
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