A compressor is one of the best things you can get to make your playing sound more even and professional. It’s a simple gadget that plugs inline between your bass and the amp that evens out the tone without altering your sound. We researched some of the best compressors out there and put together this bass compressor buying guide to help you find the right one for you. First, let’s look at some of the key features to keep in mind.
LEDs: Most of our picks come equipped with LED lights. Some tell you when the power is on or act as a battery monitor. Other act as a gauge to tell you how close to the compression limit you are.
True Bypass: True Bypass is a button or switch that you can engage that allow you to basically bypass the compressor and go straight to the amp. It gives you complete control over when the compressor interacts with your sound.
Color: These compressors are available in a few different colors. What color you choose is a little more than an aesthetic thing. The right contrasts can make it easier to see the dials and make the right adjustments.
Power: There are battery powered compressors on this list as well as some that can be powered by an adapter. There are even a few that can be powered by both. Double check to make sure an adapter is included.
Size: All of these compressors are compact but some are actually tiny. Generally, they’re all small enough that they’re easy to travel with. Plus, they don’t add a lot of weight to the rest of your gear.
Warranty: Warranties on these vary from no warranty at all to 3 years. Most of them come with a 1 year warranty. Make sure you read over the warranty carefully, it helps to know what’s covered just in case something goes wrong.
Now that you know a little more about what to look for, let’s move into our reviews. We put out top and budget picks at the top of the list so, even if you’re in a hurry, you’ll get a taste of the range that’s available. All of these products are great, though, so stick around if you can. We’ll start with our MXR bass compressor review then make out way down the list. Are you ready? Let’s get to it.