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DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal  

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dbx and DigiTech join forces to bring you one seriously heavy bass compression effects pedal. Award-winning dbx OverEasy compression technology squee...Read More

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Compression that puts the bass up front ALL the time!

dbx and DigiTech join forces to bring you one seriously heavy bass compression effects pedal. Award-winning dbx OverEasy compression technology squeezes the best out of your bass with the XBS Bass Compression Pedal. Great for controlling dynamics in the studio or rolling out a lush carpet of tight tone. Effects pedal includes 9V battery.

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  • dbx OverEasy compression technology

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DigiTechXBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Digitech xbs Bass Squeeze Compressor Ped

    I have been playing professionally for over 40 years and hands down, this is the best compressor I have ever used! If you are a fan of squashed sounds that suck your tone...Read complete review

    I have been playing professionally for over 40 years and hands down, this is the best compressor I have ever used! If you are a fan of squashed sounds that suck your tone away, this IS NOT the pedal for you. This pedal has dbx Over Easy compression which has a soft knee curve which sounds more natural. This pedal does not have the typical compressor controls which can be difficult to set. This pedal is easier to set and helps balance the highs and lows on your bass that set correctly actually IMPROVES your tone. It also has a built-in noise gate that works well with my active basses. My only caution is to experiment with the settings. The manual shows 4 "typical" settings, all of which I hated, and was immediately turned off by. The good news is it only took me minute or two to find something that made my bass, which I always get compliments on, sound so much better that I never turn the compressor off. I have four Digitech pedals on my board and two older BP-8 pedals that I still use from time to time. I do not buy by name, I buy on function. I cannot rate this pedal high enough!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for some

    I bought this wanting something to even out my tone. I know that you do get what you pay for, especially when it comes to compressors. I was pretty satisfied when just playing...Read complete review

    I bought this wanting something to even out my tone. I know that you do get what you pay for, especially when it comes to compressors. I was pretty satisfied when just playing with it alone, but once I used it with the band everyone could hear a difference, I liked it a lot, fattened up the bottom end, and kept my highs where I wanted them, the controls are a little awkward though.

    My problem came when I noticed that when I use my active basses, and even some of my hotter passive basses, that it would overdrive the pedal. Because of that, I have taken it off my pedal board. I've read about this happening with other users too, so I don't believe I have a faulty one. I'm going to try out the Boss Limiter/Enhancer instead.

    It's good for the price, as long as it works with your bass... I would definitely try it out with your rig before you purchase one.
    I liked many of the features, but could be somewhat confusing and took a lot of trial and error to get what I was looking for. But like many compressors, a little will do ya, and too much will drastically change your tone.

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    3.0

    You get what you pay for

    By charles fye

    from boynton beach

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    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

    Used it on and off for a few years. Then I took it apart to change the battery (I have been using power supply up until I lost it somewhere) put it back together it worked fine. Found my power supply, took the battery out and it stopped working. Put the battery back in, didn't work, hooked up the power supply, didn't work.

    It wasn't that great of a pedal anyway, so no great loss.

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    5.0

    Nice piece of gear

    By Acoubassman

    from Pensacola, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Excellent Sound Shaper
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None Noted

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

    Excellent sound shaping pedal. It is very easy to use and very responsive. I run my Martin acoustic/electric bass and my Fender Jazz Bass through it. It effectively cleans and shapes the tone very nicely. I can add deep, rich bottom end and still have the mids and highs cut through.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Digitech xbs Bass Squeeze Compressor Ped

    By Misterbasser

    from Hueytown, Alabama

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

      I have been playing professionally for over 40 years and hands down, this is the best compressor I have ever used! If you are a fan of squashed sounds that suck your tone away, this IS NOT the pedal for you. This pedal has dbx Over Easy compression which has a soft knee curve which sounds more natural. This pedal does not have the typical compressor controls which can be difficult to set. This pedal is easier to set and helps balance the highs and lows on your bass that set correctly actually IMPROVES your tone. It also has a built-in noise gate that works well with my active basses. My only caution is to experiment with the settings. The manual shows 4 "typical" settings, all of which I hated, and was immediately turned off by. The good news is it only took me minute or two to find something that made my bass, which I always get compliments on, sound so much better that I never turn the compressor off. I have four Digitech pedals on my board and two older BP-8 pedals that I still use from time to time. I do not buy by name, I buy on function. I cannot rate this pedal high enough!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty darn good for the price.

      By cyrral

      from Midwest

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile
      • Very durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        I found it to be much quieter than I expected. The dual bands makes it very versatile for honing out your sound.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good for some

        By Mark Janes

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        I bought this wanting something to even out my tone. I know that you do get what you pay for, especially when it comes to compressors. I was pretty satisfied when just playing with it alone, but once I used it with the band everyone could hear a difference, I liked it a lot, fattened up the bottom end, and kept my highs where I wanted them, the controls are a little awkward though.

        My problem came when I noticed that when I use my active basses, and even some of my hotter passive basses, that it would overdrive the pedal. Because of that, I have taken it off my pedal board. I've read about this happening with other users too, so I don't believe I have a faulty one. I'm going to try out the Boss Limiter/Enhancer instead.

        It's good for the price, as long as it works with your bass... I would definitely try it out with your rig before you purchase one.
        I liked many of the features, but could be somewhat confusing and took a lot of trial and error to get what I was looking for. But like many compressors, a little will do ya, and too much will drastically change your tone.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Use Subtely!

        By Adam Scalici

        from Virginia

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        I bought this pedal for my Bass rig to try and tighten things up a bit, and see if I could get any cool sounds out of it. Having used it for about a year now, I can say that it certainly works, however it is VERY easy to over-do it with this pedal.Used conservatively, this pedal can really help shape a bass tone. In some cases I use it to help brighten up the guitar a little bit by bringing out the string noise. Other times I can make the bass sound really fat and bring out it's power. But if the compression knob ever goes beyond the 9 o'clock position, things start to sound bad REALLY fast. Overall, I'd say it's a worthwhile pedal for shaping your sound; but for general compression, look to your engineer to do some real proper compression within the mix.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Smooth!

        By Cory C

        from Mississippi

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        I was losing volume and tone on the top end and when slapping. This was the answer to my problem. I run an Fender Jazz Deluxe(Mexican)through an Ampeg BR2e and the 410 cab. I've never had a buzzing or hissing problem. I also use a Dunlop Bass Wah, EHX Steel Leather and a Boss tuner. Still no problem. Great buy.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great pedal

        By the band MSRP

        from Minneapolis

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        EASE OF USEIf you are familiar with compressors, its very easy to use. If you're not to familiar with them, its easy to overdo. Take the time to learn to use it properly and you'll be rewarded.SOUNDNice and transparent at lower compression settings. Can really mangle your tone (in a good or bad way) depending on how you use it. Some reviews I've read complain about hiss. I have tried this pedal on a couple instruments, and it only hisses with lesser pickups or a long chain of effects. It is a compressor, if your setup is noisy and sucks it will make it worse. The mixer output actually sounds pretty good straight into a board for recording. No, really. Other than that - does your bass rig sound bad? If it does, this won't help. If your setup is good but you just need a little more control or if you want to record with it- this is your pedal. Also works good to mess with guitars and add a little beef to the low end of that 7 or 8 string, but leave the highs out of it for that.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not what I was hoping for, but...

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        It does what it is supposed to do with a little too much hiss; a little too lacking in the adjustability as well, but better than most pedals. SUCKS POWER AND TONE from my rig. I unplug it most of the time. Sounds better without it, but you can make some cool tones with it.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Total tone loss

        By 71 Fender Jazz

        from Shreveport, La.

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        I purchased my pedal, it works fine and does what it is supposed to do. But the overall sound of my rig is robbed by the use of it. In short, my rig sounds better without it. I play through a Peavey T_MAx head and an SWR Goliath 3 cab. I have used mine only in rehersal applications and turned it off after just a couple of songs. I don't want to dog it, I actually had my hopes up when I bought it, but the truth is the truth. One positive is that when my strings tone begins to decay this pedal actually helps to pronounce my bass sound, but I believe that would happen with any compressor.

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