All user reviews for the EBS MultiComp
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I've played bass professionally for 44 years. I currently play in a praise band in a local church and also do studio work. I favor rock but have played just about every style, even -- shame -- disco. Favorite players include Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Tony Levin, Chris Squire, Joe Osborn, Bob Glaub and Sting.<p>
Purchased in April 2009 from Musiciansfriend. I'm a fan of Tony Levin, who uses compression as an integral part of his sound. I also wanted to add compression to even out peaks in my signal and to add some 'sparkle' and sustain in live situations. MSRP: $249; Paid $199.
The EBS MultiComp does make a big difference in my live sound, especially on a bass strung with roundwounds. It adds presence and a massive amount of sustain and allows a small bass amp to compete with three cranked guitars. Tweaking the compression amount and gain controls allows me to get more presence and gain from my amp without pushing the volume up. Once I started using it, I couldn't play without it. Three compression bands allow tonal variation, but I found the difference between solid state and multiband compression to be basically indistinguishable. However, the tube compression does add some warmth. There is no discernible signal degradation or loss of tone.
The unit eats a 9V battery in about six hours of constant use, and there is no battery compartment, so pack a screwdriver to take off the bottom plate. Although there is a pilot LED that glows less brightly when battery life is draining, I found that there's very little warning -- it's there one second and gone the next. There is a 9V CA adapter available for around $20, and I recommend getting one.
Built very well -- heavy gauge steel and a heavy toggle IN/OUT footswitch. Rubber pad on the back to stop slippage. Seems more sturdily built than Boss effects.
The EBS Bass MulitCompressor is a good value, although $200 for a single-trick stompbox might seem high. It adds presence, definition, clarity and sustain to active or passive basses.
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bouba14's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The bassist indispensable for all!"
The connector (2 standard jacks), a bypass button and a button low active / passive.
Two buttons (volume, gain) is simple to find multiple sounds.
The English manual is pretty short. (I would have preferred to have several examples of settings.)
Only downside, the battery change is made only unscrewing 4 screws underneath the pedal. It is not practical at all, take the opportunity to address two small knobs above the battery to change your sound.
The sound is at the rendezvous. This is the ultimate in compression.
I use it only for 4 months. But if I had known the quality of sound that was available here in the group, I would have bought before.
I play jazz bass passive for 19 years in a rock band. I made the mistake of buying a lot of multi effect (boss GT10B ...) here thinking that would improve my sound. The sound of multi-effect effect tended to distort my sound by making vague. If I have any advice for beginning bassists all, do not waste time with muti effect (digital), go directly to the analog effect, you gain presence and accuracy in sound.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Easy to use; manual who cares; Issue: beeeen you lean on the big button, you turn and small ways you what it looks like.
Used with a low entry level with Bartolini pickups JB. I use it not as a volume boost, but a boost for short: I find that when I play with a group, my bass sound is audible and better without having to increase the volume. I put it in front of a SansAmp Bass Driver before attacking my amp: I think this pedal can have a clearly defined sound, not easy to explain. In any case, no question of separate.
I use it for 3, 4 years I only semble.Les compressors were tried before on Line 6 multi-effects. May be expensive at first but it is solid as a tank, it's his job. I do not regret this choice. Now, the competition offers perhaps best ...
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Virtual Decadence's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love ..."
I sold my previous pedals EBs (Overd and preamp) because ultimately it is often too transparent a fan of fortification sounds like me, but for a compressor, I did not try something else.
As always in the black series of EBS in the Simplicity is key.
OK then you can not adjust the attack or the release of more expensive compressor so it depends on what one seeks.
I use it mainly on the position "tubesim" and that's enough. The sound of my Rickenbacker is "magnified" but respected. I have not yet dug mode "MULTICOMP" but I'll do a test by pushing the threshold of the treble and lowering it on the bass. At the same time, I think MULTICOMP mode is more suited to a modern game (for example slap).
Unscrew the plate (I do not use a battery so I did not need to do often) to set the Thresholds, it's not super convenient, but ... it is supposed to do it once and for all.
I wanted to erase some violent attacks and make sure that the Rickenbacker better by repeating (not tried live yet). Why I'm thrilled.
I'm not a fan of low compression. I never used the compressor internal amps. For cons, I always recorded my bass DI with a compressor inlet (the "leveler" of my Motu card for example). I play very rarely slap, but the tests I made repeated slap also are conclusive. We better hear the percussive detail and low even with a full band playing relatively strong.
More importantly, it does wonders for his help in "vintage" of Rick (capacity added to the bridge pickup) for drilling in a mix repeated. Usually, as soon as I switched to this mode, lowering the tone of the bridge pickup to approach 60's feel (to quote the Kinks or the Beatles without using the damper or ropes or nets dishes), j 'I find it difficult to break compared to "normal" mode. With Multicomp, I mean really good. So, I also use the mic much more serious one on Rick. It is not as recessed as the bridge pickup. It opened my palette.
And I should also point out that it helps much input from my fuzz (Big Muff clone Tall Font Russian) to keep the grades despite saturation even pushed to the extreme.
I'm on a compressor with more complex opto, I could go further, but I also think that I did not need. I like the simplicity and the natural sound of my Rick spent in an Ampeg (I did not but the VT Bass mimics very well and is more flexible to address a real tube amp).
And I realize that I can better my speed work by stopping the game bourriner fingers, which in addition removes the "tick tick" unpleasant violent attacks of my game not very shrewd.
For me the combination Multicomp in tubesim + Tech 21 VT Bass Preamp is right in what I was looking for my Rickenbacker. I'm in heaven. I even stopped to touch the amp volume all the time to try to cover the guitarist who often hardly any bass on his Fender amp than me (one day maybe guitarists stop to believe that a good sound alone = a good group .. but its the end of the world might happen before).
And I even dropped a maximum limit to the point where the kick drum cover me, I still heard quite clearly even with just the neck pickup tones or zero.
In this context, I put 10/10 because to me, I hit her almost perfect (ie that respects the imperfections of the rest of the chain) ... until the next crisis PSM course (BBE Opto one?)
The ad says "an instrument that already sounds good sound even better" ... I 100% agree with this slogan. Okay so with those who say we do not notice it but it lacks dice it is cut. But for me it is the definition of a transparent compressor.
I have not tried many bass compressor pedal. Sardine Can Celmo just my guitar that does not give conclusive results on a Rick.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Captain Danny's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good compressor but a bit light"
Effects not editable. Format not rackable.
An input jack, an output, a standard 9V power supply input.
A red LED demonstrates the working condition of the pedal and its intensity indicates how strongly the pedal pad ... it was still seen as a better indicator of compression ...
Configuration could not be more simple: a knob for the compression ratio, a volume knob, a 3 position switch (normal, MULTICOMP, tubesim) and two in the pedal trimpot to adjust the compression ratio of bass and treble frequencies Mode MULTICOMP.
Manual clear and sufficient, and we want to find the compression is easy given the available settings (finally saw the few parameters to adjust, should not be demanding).
Compression is as I wanted: transparent, I put compression to 13h and 11h to the volume in Normal and roll! I never change these settings and the pedal is always enabled. It allows me to cut too big peaks in my attack, enhance harmonics, ghost notes, tapping game, etc. ... and increase my sustain while maintaining the personality and the sound of my bass.
The compression ratio is still low at its maximum (5:1), so farewell large cuts and efficient limitation of the largest peaks, and the lack of fishing settings a bit when one wants to regain his.
I use it with a Fender Precision U.S. Standard V.
It clarifies my sound without coloring it, brilliantly I must say, I can not do without it and is still active.
I use it for about 6 months. In the studio I used a MarkBass Compressore which has a different style: the lamp colors the sound, there are many more compression under foot and we have all the necessary adjustments to a pro compressor (attack, release, etc. .. .). I still prefer the Multicomp: more neutral in its treatment and yet very effective and no-brainer.
The only thing that pulls down what is a low compression ratio, too just to take one game a bit violent.
The value for money is altogether honorable, what choice I would do without hesitation.
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gege-jla's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Quality and Reliability"
Input Impedance 700 kohms
Bypass Bandwidth +0 / -3 dB 20 - 20k Hz
Gain range 0 to 15 dB
Compressor ratio min / max 1:1 - 5:1
Threshold -25 to 6 dB adjustable inside
Time Attack (80%) <10 ms
Release Time (80%) typ. 100 ms
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2.8 x 4.5 x 1.4 "
(70 x 115 x 35 mm)
Weight 480g (1.07 lbs.)
Power Requirements 9 V DC Regulated, 15 mA I
I always use the Multi Band mode. The Tubeism and normal mode reflects the effect months for my taste. In fact on this subject, I found by removing the hull, two mini knobs (Threshold), they affect the compressive force of bass and treble and the factory setting is more approximate to this. To say that I have two and a half years to notice it, when I think the shame ...
To adjust the pedal, the COMP / LIMIT to 13h and 11h to GAIN
I use it with my MusicMan SUB 4 amp and Ampeg STV-3. Analog sound, sound quality is undeniable, hamonise your bass playing and the momentum that is to be made to the notes gives relief in short, a real treat.
No breath even plugged into a garland with my other pedals (chorus, wah wah, tuner) via a transformer BOSS.
I use it for almost 5 years and it would be difficult without it. It is in my opinion the best in its class. manufacturing quality is meeting and even though its price is 160 € new choice I would do this again!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
MrGrossam's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love my investment"
Three "Normal, multiband or two tubesim knob 1 for compressor / limiter and a gain for
Pedal childishly simple connecting a small adjustment and it works FORT.
The compressor, that's why I buy, is very efficient and accurate input and the switch really changes in the frequencies
I've had two days and I believe that we go for a love story for several years.
c as its price, even if not That a pedal, not least because of transformer provided the polarities are reversed.
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poney(be)'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Indispensable"
It's "plug and play, almost. Those who want something full customizable not like those who like me prefers to press the switch and have the most efficient compressor market (well, I exaggerate a little, I have not tested all) will be happy!
It's a big box super solid.
Two knobs, regularly at noon for me (comp and gain). As it was said, headroom and very important to remain cool.
I'm still "tubesim" MULTICOMP mode setting is already too much for me that really wanted a compressor plug and play, but for those who want a personal setting, this method is very effective.
Perfect: no wind, efficient, sound is very compressed, means "nothing" more than the desired effect. It boosts you into the mix.
Since I have it, it does not leave my pedalboard, it is plugged in permance. I can not imagine her without me, it's simple.
And obviously, I'm not alone!
Some find it expensive: it's made in Europe to start, and then the super good stuff. Reference since it was released. It is deserved!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
cloporte's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
A switch and two settings: gain and compression.
Possibility to adjust the input level depending on the instrument's electronic device (passive or active).
I own the first model without true bypass.
Configuration could not be more simple and so much the better deal because a compressor is never simple, especially in emergency live.
Pedal very useful to me for passive instruments:
- Provides the outline notes
- Leveling attacks
- Gives a headroom avoids pushing the amp
I use it mainly with a Fender P Bass to boost my sound on stage and clarify the attacks. In this case the pedal is pressed continuously. My preferred mode is the mode MULTICOMP (compression separate bass and treble).
Settings: noon for the gain and compression ratio (to vary the compression ratio depending on situation + or - 10 min.
Can serve as a boost for a solo in occasional use (the headroom is important).
I have been using about 5 years and I can say that the case is solid and reassuring effect and very effective in this price range around 100 €. Course for using more sophisticated compressors and sometimes much more expensive (DBX 160, Chandler germanium or other) it has its limits even at this level settings but is still more convenient pedal on stage unless to have a technician assigned.
Are only real fault is a significant consumption which requires connection to an external power supply.
the price / quality ratio seems very correct and I would do this choice without hesitation. Very good pedal
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David LO PAT's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My oldest pedal"
In EBS, the MULTI COMP is a reference back more than a decade, still niche in the market.
A simple system that allows a choice between Limit and compressor and allowing to use both simultaneously.
A balance, a gain, three compression modes (Standard, multiband simulation lamps) and a True Bypass are made available to the user.
Simple and cruelly effective.
At one time I was 4 EBS pedals: the octave, envelope, distortion (and yes ...) and famous compressor.
In this collection, I have kept the Multi comp and the envelope.
I use a little envelope (no more), cons by my compressor is always active on my pedal board.
My settings have not changed since 2001!
I do not limit it.
My signal is stabilized more effectively. The compression is there while remaining transparent. I hate that sound compression and twist the signal. Here is the class.
I said everything I believed to be buried with this pedal. I gained when I worked at PIGALLE, so I had time to try anything at the time.
The budget is reasonable for its good value
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