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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • dbx OverEasy compression technology
  • Great for controlling dynamics in the studio

You'll be amazed at all the uses you'll find for this thing. Order now.

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DigiTechXBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (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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(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!

    (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.

    (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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Little too much hiss

    By vande058

    from Eau Claire, WI

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    Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

    This pedal does a great job of keeping the tone even. However, if I turn the 'level' up over 1/2 way, it throws a bunch of hiss noise into my Genz Benz 2x10 combo amp. Not practical for performance as the sound guy complains about the hiss everytime I have compression on. I only use at home when I practice.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Smooth!

    By Cory C

    from Mississippi

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    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.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Use Subtely!

    By Adam Scalici

    from Virginia

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    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.

    (1 of 2 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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent compressor

    By David U

    from Lexington, KY

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    Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

    This little pedal makes my single-coil Bronco bass sound much fatter and punchier. Very solidly made, and swapping batteries is very easy due to the pedal's design.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not what I was hoping for, but...

    By theonlyREGGAEbassistonhere

    from Kentucky

    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.

     
    4.0

    Great for guitar, too

    By Trash Panda

    from Toronto, ON

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

      I was looking for a guitar compressor, but one of the guys at Steve's in Toronto convinced me to give this a try. It's the most articulate stompbox I've used. Once you've set the high and low controls to your liking, you can sweep the crossover to use as a sort of tone control when you're switching between guitars with different pickups. Single notes speak nicely. I haven't noticed the noise gate problem some people have brought up, but I generally have the volume wide open on my guitars and use a volume pedal after the compressor to control volume. My only concern is the poor documentation. Are the high- and low-band controls for compression or makeup gain? Enquiring minds want to know. It's doesn't have the same controls as a standard compression, so if you granular control over knees and attack and the like, look elsewhere. This is for a pedalboard, not a rack, and gives results without having to have a hugely technical background.

       
      5.0

      Very handy bass pedal

      By Creolerobin

      from Katy, Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Ideal for direct to PC recording
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

        Excellent for recording my bass direct to PC via its amp emulator. It sounds very much like a real amp. Also, the fact that it has a separate compressor for the low and high frequencies and variable crossover frequency permits dialing in the combo that best suits the bass and playing style. It is well worth the regular price - it is a steal when you can buy it like I did for half the price on a SDOTD special. I have yet to try it on stage simply plugging it into the house mix without a bass amp (please add a balanced output on version 2.0)

         
        4.0

        Nice extras for bass vs. Main Squeeze pedal

        By Daniel the Stick Player

        from Cary, NC

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

          I use this on the bass side of a Chapman Stick. It brings out some nice elements of the tone. The Main Squeeze just wasn't emphasizing the bass elements very well, where as this pedal can bring out low end and punch very well, while minimizing muddiness. It still sounds good on the higher strings as well (6 strings tuned in 5ths, so it gets pretty high).

           
          4.0

          took a while to learn

          By al23harp

          from Columbia, SC

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

            it took a few weeks to learn how the controls effect the sound, but when i figured it out, THE PEDAL SOUNDS GREAT. definitely gives me the boost i need. i'm playing a Schecter C-4 bass with a fender Rumble 75 combo amp and this pedal gets the job done

             
            3.0

            You get what you pay for

            By charles fye

            from boynton beach

            About Me Professional Musician

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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.

             
            5.0

            Nice piece of gear

            By David

            from undisclosed

            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.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Pretty darn good for the price.

            By cyrral

            from Midwest

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Buyer

            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.

               
              5.0

              Good stuff

              By kyledishwasher

              from Springfield, Mo

              Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

              Gives great tone and sustain. It just really smooths out the sound from top to bottom and offers a lot of different tones. Great for live and recording. Solid metal construction. The only downside is how quickly it sucks up batteries.

               
              4.0

              Great, while it lasted

              By Bandaddie

              from Kill Devil Hills, NC

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              Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

              I used in for some studeo work. It sounds great on our band's CD, southern rock/blues, giving me smooth, fat, even, contrioled tones. It also saw plenty of stage work, but died suddenly the day after the warranty expired. I do not know why, but that's the way of the world.The most commo mistake made with compressers is turning the control up too much. This one is no differant. In most cases, the best sound comes through moderation.As good as it is, I have yet to replace it.

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              I thought it would be great

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

              I got this pedal for Christmas and it worked for three days. Before that it worked great and then I tried to turn off and it wouldn't. The effects also quit when it wouldn't turn off; the only way it would turn off is if I would unplug it. I returned it thinking I might have just gotten a bad one so I got another, but I was wrong. My new one did the same thing five days later. We tried changing the battery but it didn't help. I talked to someone who had it and they said the same thing happened to them. Do not buy this product. You're probably better off with a Boss.

               
              5.0

              Great Bass!!

              By bassman45

              from Queensland, Australia

              Comments about DigiTech XBS Bass Squeeze Compressor Pedal:

              A really rich, thick bass sound with this compressor.

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