(Note: the first part of this post will likely only be of interest to actual bass players. You have been warned!
Are you a bass player? As in a bass player doing some serious recording work
? If so, check out one of these bad boys - a Keeley Bassist Limiting Amplifier
(also known as a compressor/limiter):Do we have any musical people on DC?
I have wanted to find a very subtle and musical
compressor-type device specifically designed for electric bass for some time now. And I think I probably tried out at least dozen or so before I stumbled on this one. It's surprisingly affordable for the signal quality and transparency
it offers. As good as what you'd find in a recording studio rack IMO. And it's usable
too. Great sound plus simple logical
controls that behave the way you'd think they would. (Not every similar device can make that claim.) And it doesn't get in the way of your sound like so many of these devices sometimes can.
If you're a bassist who knows what a compressor is used for - and you're in the market for a really
good one - look no further. Highly recommended. (Note: the standard disclaimer applies here. I'm not affiliated with Keeley Engineering in any way, shape, or form. I bought mine with my own money through the regular retail channels.)
For those who are curious as to exactly what
a compressor does, this video explores some of the sonic benefits such devices can bring to the party. You'll need headphones or decent speakers to really hear the difference in this video because (when properly used) most applications of this 'effect' will be fairly subtle. And you may need a few repeated listens before your ear becomes attentive
enough to clearly hear some of them.
But do you actually need one? The next video gets into that thorny and subjective question in some depth.
Skip forward to the 1:00 mark to get right into the explanations and demos.
Cool tools! Check it out!