The 4 Best Bass Compressor Pedals

As a guitarist, you were born to spend your life seeking out those perfect sounds and exploring and experimenting with all your tones, helping you to create the music that you enjoy, the music you love more than anything else in the world.

Using a bass compressor pedal is a great way to take control of the best ways to control of your bass levels, regardless of whether you’re looking for a prolonged bass tone or a punchy attack kick. However, when it comes to bass compressor pedals, it’s safe to say that the selection on offer is currently daunting.

With this in mind, you’ll want to make sure that you’re making the right purchasing decision for you. This means considering things like your budget, the preferred sound that you want to make, and of course the quality of the audio that the bass compressor pedal is going to make. After all, some pedals can make you sound lifeless, tone-deaf and somewhat plastic, which isn’t going to impress you or your audience.

However, with you in mind, we’ve searched far and wide to find the absolute best pedals that are out there today and narrowed it down to our favorite four, the four that will give you everything you could possibly want and need from your very own bass compressor pedal.

Aguilar TLC Bass Compression Effect Pedal

Aguilar TLC Bass Compression Effect Pedal

To start off our list of favorite and very best bass compressor pedals, we’ve chosen this absolute winner by Aguilar. Coming in at the upper end of the mid-range price bracket, this multi-functional pedal is full of bass and compression features that you’re going to love.

Firstly, we have the threshold control, meaning you can control your variable sound levels from -30dB, all the way to -10dBu. Of course, you’ll also find a level setting to control the overall volume, allowing you to combine these two features to find that perfect audio wavelength for your next track or performance.

However, let’s take a look under the hood to see what this pedal can do for your bass levels. On the bottom left-hand side, you’ll find the essential Attack function, customizable from 10ms to 100ms, giving you total control of your bass tones and how much you want to compress and take it to the next level.

Next to this dial, you’ll find a Slope feature dial, which starts at a variable of 2:1, and goes all the way up infinitely! As you can see, it’s safe to say this pedal really does give you everything you need.

In terms of quality, this pedal has an extremely low distortion rate of <0.2%, which is ideal for maintain that crisp and clean sound you love so well. You can run the pedal on a standard nine-volt battery and have the option to run it from a mains outlet with a universal power supply, although the lead is not included.

PROS
  • Incredible quality sound with minimal <0.2% distortion
  • Battery or mains-powered
  • Custom Attack and Slope settings
  • Threshold control
CONS
  • Still 0.2% distortion may not be ideal for professional guitars
  • Premium/mid-range price

EBS Sweden AB EBS-Pedal-SE-MC Bass Compression Effect Pedal

EBS Sweden AB EBS-Pedal-SE-MC Bass Compression Effect Pedal

With the sole aim of preserving your bass notes while compressing them for the sound you’ve been looking for, the iconic EBS Sweden have outdone themselves once again with these glorious effects pedal that comes with everything you need in one handy, lightweight effects pedal case.

In short, it’s easy to see why this pedal has won ‘Hall of Fame’ ranking in online stores and publications across the internet. This pedal contains all the standard features you would expect in an easy to read and control format. For example, you can use one knob to set the level of Comp that you need, as well as controlling the limit. You’ll then also find a custom Gain setting on the next.

However, let’s jump into the nitty-gritty of the bass compressor services that this pedal provides. Firstly, you can choose from Tubeism, Multi-Band (MB) or Normal types of compression, giving you an outstanding number of opportunities to explore with the settings to find the perfect sound that you’ve been looking for. To maintain quality, there’s even a True Bypass filter and an Active/Passive switch which will slightly alter your Threshold and allows you to enjoy the benefits of a higher 3dB headroom.

The MultiComp pedal we have here has been popular on the marketing since it was released way back in 2008 after it enjoyed a much-needed remake, including high-quality parts and higher sensitivity components, from its older 1998 counterpart. With internal protection up to 18V and the option to run this pedal from a 9-12V battery, or universal mains cable (not included), what more could you need from your bass compressor pedal?

PROS
  • Multiple compression settings; Tubeism, Multi-Band, and Normal
  • Run off batteries or universal power supply (purchase separately)
  • Incredible 3dB extra headroom compared with the older model
  • True Bypass filter for outstanding sound quality
CONS
  • Power supply and batteries not included
  • Can be too expensive for guitarists on a low budget

TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor Effect Pedal

TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor Effect Pedal

If you’re in need of a comprehensive and completely multi-functional bass compressor effect pedal that you can take with you wherever you go, no matter whether that’s at home or the studio, but you don’t want to be spending money that you don’t have, the TC Electronic Bass Compressor Pedal could everything you’ve been looking for.

Despite being the most affordable compressor pedal on this list, it still packs quite the punch whenever you need it too. This multi-band compressor prides itself on producing and maintaining a studio-quality sound that has been designed to control and shape your bass tones in any way that you need them to bend.

We like this pedal because it really is just that simple. You can plug in your guitar, turn the dial to your required setting, adjust your True Bypass filter and play while enjoying the best quality sounds from an ultra-compact pedal that can fit in your pocket. There’s no need to add all the bells and whistles and ramp up that price bracket. This is a pedal that’s been designed for someone who just wants to get the best sound made quickly and effortlessly, making it ideal for both beginners and professional guitarists alike.

For those familiar with Tone Print, you’ll also be able to access TC’s signature range of great sounding effects and presets, allowing you to take your guitar sounds to the next level in no time at all!

PROS
  • True Bypass
  • Superior sound quality
  • Ultra-compact design (pocket size)
  • Compatible with Tone Print app and editor
CONS
  • Not battery-powered
  • No level indication

MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

And here we are, the final entry of our best bass compressor pedals that are available today and it’s safe to say that we’ve saved the best till last. Introducing the MXR M87 bass compressor pedal, a pedal that you’re sure to fall in love with as soon as you plug it in for the first time. MXR has been in the musical effects industry for decades, and this is a level of experience which is evident in this model.

Let’s start at the top. Firstly, you’ll find that this M87 model has integrated Constant Headroom Technology (CHT), which you’ve got plenty of space to play around with your sounds while it remains a crisp, clear and concise sound. This is only backed up by the presence of the True Bypass filter, all of which can be monitored using the built-in 10-gain reduction LED status lights.

Moving down onto the body of the beast itself, you’ll find two custom input/output settings, a release dial, and feedback dial and, of course, MXR’s coveted Ratio dial, meaning you have a total of five unique settings to play with to ensure you can find the absolute best bass compressor sound you can, ensuring that your performances and tracks sound exactly like you intend them too.

While this isn’t as compact as the other pedals on this list, it’s still lightweight enough to carry around without too much effort and it’s made from tough, durable aluminum materials, meaning you can safely place with pedal down into the rest of your pedalboard, without running the risk of it breaking during your performances.

Also, bear in mind that this pedal can only run off a 9V battery supply, although you’ll need to but these yourself as they are not included with your purchase.

PROS
  • 10-light LED bar for visually monitoring Bypass reduction
  • Five unique settings to control your bass sounds
  • Long-lasting and durable metal casing
  • Pedalboard-friendly
  • Built-in CHT tracking
CONS
  • Medium/High price bracket
  • Heavier than most pedals
  • Does not come with a 9V battery

Summary

When it comes to purchasing your next bass compressor pedal, whether that’s for the first time, or you’re just looking for the best one to suit the sound you’re looking for, it’s safe to say that there are some great options out there. Make sure you think about the sort of sound and budget requirements you have, allowing you to make sure that you’re making the best purchasing choice the first time.

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