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Transparent and effective - Reviews MXR M87 Bass Compressor

Value For Money : Excellent
For specifications, see the website of MXR. It remains a compressor, so nothing spectacular ...


The use is clear, little we understand how a compressor works.
This site has been indispensable to me:
However, it is very difficult to calibrate a suitable compression by only setting. That is why I am based on a setting of a guy seen on the internet and at rehearsal with everyone, I changed the settings while playing. This improves sound clarity, thickness, etc ... The problem then comes when we put the Jazz Bass to take the Stingray: All settings are input again! LEDs help a lot for it. So there must be a setting input gain to homogenize the various models of bass, what I do for a LS-2. It would have been great to have directly several settings / presets on direct compressor, but here we leave all analog ... whatever, the VT Bass Deluxe Tech21 well permits.


From the moment I found my control, I did most affected:
Release to 16h, 11h to Attack, Output at 9am ratio of 8:1. As to the input I according to the rule with the lowest LS-2 upstream. I play with all the standard arsenal bassist who ignores any technical innovation after 1979: Jazz, Precision and Stingray. I play fretted and fretless.
Transparency is such that I leave on permanently. That makes me a well-defined signal to attack the VT Bass and MS-60B in the effects loop.
When I integrate such distortion or phaser effect on MS-60B, I lose everything intake of the compressor, but that is independent of the chosen model. I think integrate trailing MS-60B an additional compressor.
Ideally, it now seems to me that the compressor at the very end of chain may be appropriate, but I would lose the advantage of the DI output of the VT Bass.
I plan to buy an envelope filter and octave. The first will be placed upstream of the compressor, the second downstream.


I continually use since August 2013. I previously used the integrated ME-8B Boss compressor. This is the day and night of course, is not the same price!
I would do this choice, I do not know if the price / quality ratio is good or not, but the sound is subtly enhanced and gains in density and homogeneity. This is what was expected so I'm happy.