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Keeley Bassist Limiting Amplifier Bass Compression Pedal

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The Bassist Compressor is built around the exotic and extremely high fidelity THAT Corp. 4320. Think of it as a very affordable studio-grade dbx compressor in stomp box format. It uses high performanc... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Bassist Compressor is built around the exotic and extremely high fidelity THAT Corp. 4320. Think of it as a very affordable studio-grade dbx compressor in stomp box format. It uses high performance Voltage Controlled Amplifiers, on board true-RMS detector, and ultra high performance op-amps to bring you the very best quality. VCA compressors give you precise control. Therefore they are directly suited to bass guitars. The Keeley Bassist Compressor is both musical and very transparent. Where Keeley's older compressors were based on the CA3080 or the LM13700 and are perfect for single coil guitars, the new Keeley Bassist Compressor has no problems with active pre-amps and line level input signals! Not only can the Keeley Bassist handle astonishingly large signals, it has an incredible bandwidth of over 20 KHz and incredibly low noise. No detail in your bass guitar's tone will be lost. The Keeley Bassist will be a sound investment in your tone, you now have rack-mount quality at your feet.

Compression and Threshold
When bass players use the Keeley Bassist Compressor they will be greeted with a sound that is more easily amplified and heard. Using the effect as a limiting amplifier saves your speakers from clipping and distortion. Set the Threshold to look for peaks in your signal and limit distortion from your amplifier or damage to your speakers. Simply watch the Threshold Indicator light to see what type of playing you want to limit, it's that easy! Next set the Compression Ratio Control to determine how much squash you want when the signal is above Threshold. Set Compression all of the way down for no (1:1) compression and use the Gain control as a boost! Set Compression all of the way up for an above-Threshold hard-knee limiter.

A typical soft compressor setting would be 2:1 above threshold. A good starting ratio for the Compression control may be 4:1 as it generally sounds good with bass guitar. A ratio of 5:1 or 6:1 will sound great for slap or funk-style playing. For synth-bass try 10:1 Compression.

Attack and Release
There is a certain figure that just sounds good as far as compression goes; and that's 125 dB/second. With feed forward compressors that use this type of true-RMS detector you use a single time constant parameter. The timing capacitor gives you attack and release times that are adaptive to your playing level or the signal input to the compressor. Bottom line: Attack and Release times vary on program content. Attack times are generally speaking, about 100 times faster than release times.

FEATURES

Studio-grade compression in a pedal
User-friendly controls so you can find your perfect sound
Attack Time: typically 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB
Release Time: typically 8ms for 1dB, 40ms for 5dB, 80ms for 10dB, 160ms for 20dB, 240ms for 30dB

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KeeleyBassist Limiting Amplifier Bass Compression Pedal
 
5.0

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5.0

Awesome Pedal

By fivestring41

from Richmond Va.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

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    Comments about Keeley Bassist Limiting Amplifier Bass Compression Pedal:

    This compressor does exactly what I want it to do. After using a DBX 160x for years and switching to pedals... this one does what the DBX did and it sounds perfect. Traded in my MXR that didn't do anything and not sure it worked at all for this and it was the right choice.

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    5.0

    The Best Pedal I have Ever Purchased!!!

    By Ken

    from Fredericksburg, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

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      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Keeley Bassist Limiting Amplifier Bass Compression Pedal:

      I am on the waiting list for a much sought-after FEA-DECL but decided that I did not want to wait 6-9 months for compression. After reading the reviews, I decided to give the Keeley Bassist a shot. I am glad I did. I just saved myself a lot of money!

       
      5.0

      I would recommend it to a friend .

      By Philip

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Keeley Bassist Limiting Amplifier Bass Compression Pedal:

      So far I love this unit , it's a great preamp/ compressor .

       
      5.0

      Amazing bass compressor pedal

      By Jake

      from Strongsville, OH

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      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
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          Comments about Keeley Bassist Limiting Amplifier Bass Compression Pedal:

          This is the best compressor I have tried for bass. I have tried the Boss LMB-3 (which is great for the price), the Aguilar TLC, Ovnifx Smoothie, MXR bass compressor, Wampler Ego, and Xotic SP and this one sounded the best to me.

          Great compact design, only 3 knobs so it is simple but also very effective.

           
          5.0

          The Keeley "Bassist" outperforms all stomp-box compressors.

          By TomP.Bass

          from Memphis, Tn

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          • Excellent Sound Quality

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            • Amateur Recording
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            • Home Studio
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            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Keeley Bassist Limiting Amplifier Bass Compression Pedal:

            Quality sounding Bass Compression shouldn't be difficult to find, difficult to use, or too expensive for most. In my experience, for one or more reasons, this has usually been the case. But, no more.
            After buying my Keeley "Bassist" and using it for the first time, I was impressed that there was no typical noise(hiss) at all. Second, this compressor is so simple to use, that it shouldn't enhance my bass' natural tone so transparently, or round off the high freq. so smoothly while articulating the bottom end the way it does.
            Studio quality, parallel bass compression in a stomp-box! Every bass, active or passive, that I have run thru the Keeley has sounded as good as the last. I record with it at home, run it thru a mixer/ P.A. for rehearsal & for gigs, and it has not failed to be reliable. Without hesitation, I will replace this compressor with another of the like, when or if needed.

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