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EBS MultiComp

Bass Compressor/Limiterfrom the EBS Black Label series

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EBS Bass MultiComp True Dual Band MultiCompressor

By MGR/Laklander, 01/12/2009
Standard stompbox size floor pedal compressor for bass. Black case with blue and white screening. Compression/Limier sensitivity knob, Gain knob. Three-position toggle for tube/solid state/multiband compression. Active/Passive pushbutton; In and Out 14' jacks. 9V AC adapter not included.
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I've played bass professionally for 44 years. I currently play in a praise band in a local church and also do studio work. I favor rock but have played just about every style, even -- shame -- disco. Favorite players include Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Tony Levin, Chris Squire, Joe Osborn, Bob Glaub and Sting.<p>
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Purchased in April 2009 from Musiciansfriend. I'm a fan of Tony Levin, who uses compression as an integral part of his sound. I also wanted to add compression to even out peaks in my signal and to add some 'sparkle' and sustain in live situations. MSRP: $249; Paid $199.

The EBS MultiComp does make a big difference in my live sound, especially on a bass strung with roundwounds. It adds presence and a massive amount of sustain and allows a small bass amp to compete with three cranked guitars. Tweaking the compression amount and gain controls allows me to get more presence and gain from my amp without pushing the volume up. Once I started using it, I couldn't play without it. Three compression bands allow tonal variation, but I found the difference between solid state and multiband compression to be basically indistinguishable. However, the tube compression does add some warmth. There is no discernible signal degradation or loss of tone.

The unit eats a 9V battery in about six hours of constant use, and there is no battery compartment, so pack a screwdriver to take off the bottom plate. Although there is a pilot LED that glows less brightly when battery life is draining, I found that there's very little warning -- it's there one second and gone the next. There is a 9V CA adapter available for around $20, and I recommend getting one.

Built very well -- heavy gauge steel and a heavy toggle IN/OUT footswitch. Rubber pad on the back to stop slippage. Seems more sturdily built than Boss effects.

The EBS Bass MulitCompressor is a good value, although $200 for a single-trick stompbox might seem high. It adds presence, definition, clarity and sustain to active or passive basses.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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It does

By Mikabail, 06/01/2013
Nothing to add ...

UTILIZATION

Easy to use; manual who cares; Issue: beeeen you lean on the big button, you turn and small ways you what it looks like.

SOUND QUALITY

Used with a low entry level with Bartolini pickups JB. I use it not as a volume boost, but a boost for short: I find that when I play with a group, my bass sound is audible and better without having to increase the volume. I put it in front of a SansAmp Bass Driver before attacking my amp: I think this pedal can have a clearly defined sound, not easy to explain. In any case, no question of separate.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3, 4 years I only semble.Les compressors were tried before on Line 6 multi-effects. May be expensive at first but it is solid as a tank, it's his job. I do not regret this choice. Now, the competition offers perhaps best ...
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The bassist indispensable for all!

By bouba14, 31/03/2013
An analog compressor (see instructions)
The connector (2 standard jacks), a bypass button and a button low active / passive.

UTILIZATION

Two buttons (volume, gain) is simple to find multiple sounds.
The English manual is pretty short. (I would have preferred to have several examples of settings.)
Only downside, the battery change is made only unscrewing 4 screws underneath the pedal. It is not practical at all, take the opportunity to address two small knobs above the battery to change your sound.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound is at the rendezvous. This is the ultimate in compression.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it only for 4 months. But if I had known the quality of sound that was available here in the group, I would have bought before.
I play jazz bass passive for 19 years in a rock band. I made the mistake of buying a lot of multi effect (boss GT10B ...) here thinking that would improve my sound. The sound of multi-effect effect tended to distort my sound by making vague. If I have any advice for beginning bassists all, do not waste time with muti effect (digital), go directly to the analog effect, you gain presence and accuracy in sound.
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guitarou's review

By guitarou, 29/05/2009
Super pedal !!!! EBS sounds PRO!

USE

With Bass is very effective but especially Natural and Musical!
In a mix, low spring better ...

SOUND QUALITY

Also on a strat and amp lamps, so if I assure you!
In this case, the effect embellished sound and adds the definition and precision.

NOTICE GLOBAL

Use it for 2 Years

For 100 Euros Cygnus, go !! (That is very reliable and robust ..)

I remake this course choices.
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EBS MultiComp tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:EBS
  • Model:MultiComp
  • Series:Black Label
  • Category:Bass Compressors/Limiters
  • Added in our database on: 04/07/2003

Make Your Sound Even Better. The MultiComp can make a good sounding instrument sound even better. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to play without it! The EBS MultiComp is equally good for guitar as bass, and is the best selling EBS pedal ever reaching 'Hall of Fame' status at some of the most well known online stores.

 Less is more. The MultiComp may be the easiest compressor around to dial in. Since it is so smooth and well though out, all you need is to set the level of Comp/Limit with one knob, Gain with another, and then choose the type or mode of compression betweenTubeismMulti Band (MB) and Normal. Done! For those that need more, there is an Active/Passive switch on the side as well as an internal trim pot for the Threshold located under the hood.

 Evolution. The MultiComp was first introduced in 1998. From the 2008 edition improvements added 3 dB higher headroom, higher sensitivity and new analog circuitry with higher dynamics and lower noise, as well as true bypass switching technique.

Source: http://www.ebssweden.com/

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