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Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal   

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OVERVIEW

Compressore is no mere stomp box”it's a state-of-the-art compression tool.

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.

FEATURES
  • CONTROLS
  • Gain
  • Volume
  • On/Off switch
  • Clean (instrument input level control)
  • Threshold (input level at which the sound becomes compressed)
  • Ratio (how intense the compression is)
  • Attack (how quickly the sound is compressed)
  • Release (how quickly the sound decompresses)
  • REAR PANEL
  • Input jack
  • Output jack
  • Ground Lift
SPECIFICATIONS

Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal

  • Input Impedance: 300 kOhm
    Gain: 0 to +16dB
    Threshold: 30mVp to 1.8Vp
    Ratio: 1:1 to 1:? (hard limiter)
    Attack: 2 to 50 ms
    Release: 100 to 750 ms
    Output Impedance Line: 100 Ohm
    Voltage is factory preset for the U.S.
    Tube: 1x ECC 81
    Dimensions: 6.7"H x 5.7"W x 2.4"D
    Weight: 1.66 lb.
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MarkbassCompressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The only pedal I need.

This pedal has everything I need for compression plus it gives me a really nice tube sound. I run solid state amps because they handle the road well and are cheaper to replace. Read complete review

This pedal has everything I need for compression plus it gives me a really nice tube sound. I run solid state amps because they handle the road well and are cheaper to replace.

The Gain knob lets me adjust how much tube warmth I want which basically acts as a tube pre-amp. I love the sound of my bass when I play through this. It reminds me of vintage tube amps I've gotten to try but couldn't afford.

The compression is extremely smooth with no artifacting that I can hear. I've used it live and as my compression for recording. It took me no time to figure out the controls to really dial in how I wanted to run my compression.

I like to set my Ratio to about 1 oclock to take the peaks off my low notes and slapping and set the threshold really low to allow dynamics on quiet stuff.

Some advice if you get this and it "ruins" your sound. When you have separate Ratio and threshold, you need your threshold lower than your ratio usually.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Broken?

After first plugging in and playing with this pedal upon its arrival, I failed to notice any real difference in tone. I figured maybe the fact that I was using my practice amp as...Read complete review

After first plugging in and playing with this pedal upon its arrival, I failed to notice any real difference in tone. I figured maybe the fact that I was using my practice amp as opposed to my full gig setup may have had something to do with that. So I finally set it up at a gig, excited to hear what it can do. The sound is muddy, distorted, and the signal is weaker. The tone was so bad I wonder if my particular unit was broken or something. Through all my tweaking I couldn't make it sound better. I have since returned the pedal and plan to never use it again. If you're looking for a good compression pedal, look elsewhere. Something cheaper will likely deliver better results.

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5.0

Great control

By Jim

from Vermont

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

    Great control over your sound with this pedal. It allows you to adjust what gets compressed, and how much and for how long, from an in your face punched up sound to warm and smooth this this does it all.

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    4.0

    Great compressor

    By VinnyVee

    from Columbus OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

      This thing has helped smooth out the sound on my 6 string bass a ton. I personally use this as a means to compress my input from my bass to my amp, as my amp has built in compression to further balance out all the notes. It works just as good as a pedal as it does running it through the effects loop. Fantastic for both bass and guitar. The only downside is the obnoxiously bright blue light indicating it's on.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent choice for all genres

      By Bob

      from West Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • True tube compression
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • 12v power requirement
      • Large

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

      This is a fantastic compressor. I was looking for something that gave me fine tuning control over the compression settings, as I don't like noticeably compressed sound. Unless I'm looking to dial in a squash or want to run it as a limiter, I prefer to keep it always on to subtly balance out my overall sound. This pedal can make a dramatic difference in your overall performance without sounding "corrected" or affecting tone. As a big bonus, it's dead quiet.

      Be aware that most websites (including Musician's Friend) are still showing the discontinued pre-2015 model in photos. What they are shipping is the 2015 model that is shown on the Markbass website. The new 2015 model is identical in performance specification, but the case is redesigned to be slightly smaller and a rather plain looking box. I was hoping to get the older version with the recessed knobs, but I guess the 2015 version does fit my pedal board a bit better. Which ever version you get, it's highly recommended, probably as one of your first pedals, second only to a tuner.

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      5.0

      Great-sounding, versatile compressor

      By Eric in Phx

      from Phoenix

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

        This is new package - it's slightly smaller and lighter and no longer has the controls in that channel. On the one hand they're easy to see and adjust but it also much easier for them to get bumped. The sound of this unit is really clean and the compression easily ranges for slight smoothing to total crush. The variable attack and release are also nice for keeping a little punch on the attack when your compressing heavily. I don't hear any pumping or other artifacts, just a really fattened up bass sound. As far as the gain and output volume controls, I'm finding it more practical to use the volume control on the bass for gain (gain will affect compression results) and a VV10 volume pedal on the output side to control total level. Very happy with it.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bass Compressor

        By Steve McQueen

        from Sacramento CA

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

          First of all, the reviewer that gave this one star sounds like he doesn't understand what a compressor does, so I would take that review with a grain of salt.

          Excellent control of your compression with the ability to fine tune the threshold, ration, attack, and release, as well as gain and overall volume. This allows you to really custom fit the compression for your needs.

          Once compressed, the quality sounds very good... does not sound digital or manufactured... just clean.

          Running in bypass mode sounds very clean as well, there is no noticeable loss in signal.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Professional Quality

          By The Mate

          from Chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Large
          • Largest Pedal I Own
          • Not A Big Deal Though

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

          Great Tube Compression in a Pedal. Quality Build.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sturdy & very quiet

          By Romulo

          from Homestead

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Live Performances

              Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

              Great compressor pedal. I have owned rack compressors, pedal (dual band and what not) compressors. Live, I like to use compression for improved sustain and punch. With the right settings, dynamics are never compromised. Mild compression is almost imperceivable, but it's there when you need to tame levels. There are other pedals with a complete array of controls as well, but this bad boy is quiet! I'm assuming the tube adds a bit of growl but I'm not sure if it was my settings. It's perfect for my needs. I mainly use the unit for weekly worhip gig. I have yet to play around with it, but I am a "set it & forget it" guy - so all in all, very satisfied.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best bass compressor pedal

              By Watts

              from Brandon, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

                I have owned the MXR,Boss and EBS compressor pedals before. They all sounded great,but this Markbass compressor is outstanding. The size is kind of big,but I love it.

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                (1 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Broken?

                By Joe

                from Lynchburg, VA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Limited Selection Of Effects
                  • Not Responsive
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

                    After first plugging in and playing with this pedal upon its arrival, I failed to notice any real difference in tone. I figured maybe the fact that I was using my practice amp as opposed to my full gig setup may have had something to do with that. So I finally set it up at a gig, excited to hear what it can do. The sound is muddy, distorted, and the signal is weaker. The tone was so bad I wonder if my particular unit was broken or something. Through all my tweaking I couldn't make it sound better. I have since returned the pedal and plan to never use it again. If you're looking for a good compression pedal, look elsewhere. Something cheaper will likely deliver better results.

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                    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Quiet and well built

                    By bassteamer

                    from Hawaii

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Solid construction

                    Cons

                    • Slightly Large

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Markbass Compressore Tube Bass Compressor Pedal:

                    I have a solid state Aguilar AG 500 with 2-1X12 GS cabs that sometimes has too much headroom, and the tone is slightly sterile.

                    The Compressore allows me to adjust the headroom to my taste, and very slightly warm the tone.

                    Also, it helps with overall string balance.

                    It is built like a tank (a large one), and the knobs are made slightly hard to turn, making it hard to knock out of adjustment.

                    If there was one thing I wish were different, it would be to have the stock tube being able to warm the tone more than it does. A Forum blogger on "gearslutz" had good results by swapping the stock ECC81 JJ Tesla for a NOS Mullard cryo treated ECC81, so I may try that.

                    P.S. Markbass has a site on YouTube that is helpful in setting up the pedal to suit everyone's taste.

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