Markbass Compressore is a high-quality tube compressor pedal that features all the individual controls normally found on professional studio outboard compressors: gain, threshold, ratio, attack, relea... Read More
Markbass Compressore is a high-quality tube compressor pedal that features all the individual controls normally found on professional studio outboard compressors: gain, threshold, ratio, attack, release and volume. Not only designed for bass, this Markbass pedal can also be used with guitars or any acoustic or electric instruments, in either live or studio applications, thanks to its state-of-the-art component quality. The bass pedal's ECC 81 tube compresses your signal, evening out the sharp peaks of your playing in a natural, transparent way. At the same time, it also adds warmth and harmonics to your sound. Like all Markbass pedals, this one features "true bypass." So when the compressor is off, your signal goes directly from the input jack to the output jack without any degradation of audio quality.
While some compressor pedals offer individual control of nearly all compression parameters, the controls on most comp boxes adjust two simultaneously, and some only have a single "compression" knob. The Markbass Compressore features all the individual controls you would normally find on professional studio outboard compressors.
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Reviewed by 15 customers
I was looking to sweeten the sound of my Ibanez 6 string, and boy did this baby deliver! It's very versatile and customizable giving you the right amount of compression you need, as well as some limiting functionality. The difference in how my bass sounded was night and day once I plugged this in. It gave me a nice smooth thump without killing the overall feel of the low end, and my highs were as crisp as ever. I'd highly recommend this to anyone!
At first, I was skeptical because of the larger footprint than some compressor pedals, the power demand that a normal pedalpower cannot feed, requiring use of the included wall wart to power it. But when I did a shootout with other compressor pedals, this one won hands down. Six-knob flexibility, and all six knobs actually do something when adjusted, but not too touchy either. Just right. I am very happy not just with the sound, but the very wide range of gain and attenuation and tonal performance across this range, which have been very helpful when dealing with some house sound systems that seem to have very hot or cold cable snakes/mixers. I originally got it for bass, but I always use this pedal when I play acoustic guitar since the time I first attempted that. Sounds fantastic with a stratocaster feeding a tube amp too! I've rarely come across a pedal that is so versatile to the multi-instrumentalist. Has a loud physical appearance, which may or may not appeal to you. But, it has been solid as a rock so far, and I think we all appreciate durability.
This is my first compressor and I bought it because everywhere that I read said it was one of the best. When I finally purchased it I was not disappointed. It does everything that it says and more. Markbass also makes very useful videos about their pedals that explains how to use them to their fullest. I have absolutely no regrets about my purchase and would recommend this pedal.
I use the Compressore with the Little Mark Tube 800 bass amp and Standard 104HR cabinet. The sound is awesome! Now I have the bunch the audience can hear, while taming the booming E string. The Compressore with a little reverb (Hardwire RV-7) is the only effects you'll need or want. Go ahead, you know you want it.
Needed something to replace my Blackfinger due to its slightly fragile non-standard power connector. I wasn't really looking at this since it is marketed as a bass compressor, but I wasn't liking any of the ones I was testing. The keely had very good response time and release, but no tubey compressed sound that I was used to with the blackfinger. This one had a more similar sound and in fact has better controls that the blackfinger. It does nothing to negatively affect the more upper range guitar tones.
I've been playing metal/rock for about 11 years now. I use a Sans Amp Bass Driver DI. And I though my tone was pretty much good with that pedal. I saw a Billy Sheehan were he explains how he uses compression to get his tone (besides the two amps). And well I was like I want to try it out and see if I this works out for me since I already have a "good" tone. I went to GC originally to try out the MXR M87 Bass Compressor. It was not in stock so the guy there told me "well we have this MarkBass compressor", try out if you don't like it bring it back. I have to admit I was biased about MarkBass products because they're a bit pricy for me and because my bass professor says he doesn't like his stuff. Anyway I came home plug it in before my SABDDI and I had a little trouble figuring out how to use it, but after doing some research I found out how to use a compressor, and well I'm amazed that this pedal works very well it added "warmth" to my tone and sustain. I love it and I would definitely recommend this product.
I went into guitar center looking for some pickups to give my Fender Jazz Bass more volume and smooth it out a bit, unfortunately the store didn't have the ones I wanted in stock and I needed a quick fix fast for a gig the next night. I then saw the Compressore, and figured I would give it a shot. When I plugged it in and adjusted the knobs a little (not knowing how to work a compressor) I was blown away! It honestly made my old bass sound brand new! It gave my bass an added warmth, clarity, and even out the sounds, and then when you adjust the gain and volume all the way up my bass sounded 3x louder but yet still had the added warmth, clarity, and even tones! Must have for any bass player!
So many rave reviews on this product that there isn't much I can add. This is an excellent piece of equipment. Some were complaining of its size but it fits in my gig bag along with my chords, chorus pedal, tuner, and Micro Bass II pre with no problem. Maybe they just need a bigger gig bag! Wonderful tone and control over compression effect. Watch video on Mark bass website for demo on how the controls work. The enclosed literature isn't much help.
I really recommend this compressor. With my standard bass (passive by the way) the higher notes down the fret get pretty quiet and do not sustain out as much as I want. This compressor fixes that very well without changing the original sound, if anything it brings out a little more character in the sound. It has its own volume control, so I suppose you could use the compressor to boost your volume when active, but I dont think I will ever play without it turned on.
So I went to GC ready to trade in my MarkBass SD800 for the new Little Mark Tube 800 because I liked the idea of bit of added warmth. I had the two hooked up side by side and was leaning hard toward the LM Tube 800. As a last resort, I thought I would try the MarkBass Compressore pedal as I read it would warm up the sound a bit even at low compression. Indeed it did...as well as bring my slap and fingerstyle closer in volume. I adjusted the settings to lightly compress when hitting a hard low B or going to heavy slap. Granted the SD800/Compressore pairing doesn't quite have the portability of the LM 800 tube, but I much preferred the sound and feel. I didn't mind saving a few hundred $ either :) I wouldn't say the SD800/Compressore combo has the warm tube sound of a Mesa/Boogie or Eden (I've owned both of those), but it does deliver a slightly warmer-than-SD800 sound with more clarity and definition. I will probably always leave the pedal turned on. Set correctly, it still allows the dynamics of your playing to shine through. Definitely no added noise.
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