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TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal

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SpectraComp Bass Compressor is the tiniest big thing to hit the world of bass in a long time. This ultra-compact and highly intuitive multiband compr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Bring out the best of your bass tone without losing your sound.

SpectraComp Bass Compressor is the tiniest big thing to hit the world of bass in a long time. This ultra-compact and highly intuitive multiband compressor, is made to bring out all of the glorious low-end punch and presence of your beloved bass in the most transparent and musical way you've ever heard. Just turn it on and take charge of the groove.


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TC ElectronicSpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't forget the accessories!

As with most TC Electronics gear, an excellent product. I use the compressor with my Fender Aerodyne Jbass, Mark Little Tube 800 head and Ampeg Neo 4x10 and 1x15 bottoms and the sound...Read complete review

As with most TC Electronics gear, an excellent product. I use the compressor with my Fender Aerodyne Jbass, Mark Little Tube 800 head and Ampeg Neo 4x10 and 1x15 bottoms and the sound results are awesome. One caveat: In the product description, no mention is made that this item DOES NOT include a 9V power supply nor a USB cable necessary for computer to pedal transfer using the TonePrint software. This is by no stretch of the imagination a deal breaker but it's always disappointing when you get a new toy that can't be immediately used.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

" Simplicity is as Simplicity Does "

As a bassist, I've been using compressors in my signal chain for live performances (and recording) for decades . . . I have always used rack units VS pedals . Being able to...Read complete review

As a bassist, I've been using compressors in my signal chain for live performances (and recording) for decades . . . I have always used rack units VS pedals . Being able to set the Ratio, Threshold, Attack, Release is an advantage on a full scale unit. I find this pedal, click ON, click OFF to be extremely limited in effectiveness . And, I'm not comprehending the "individual string" compression algorithms that TC touts, also, the sound is not all that clean . But for a quickie, (i.e.I want some compression on my guitar or bass) ok, cool, plug it in! . . . but be prepared to " grin and bear" it you feel you need to adjust it. because, you do not have that capability with this box . It's extremely limited.

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(3 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Buyers beware! No power supply!

By Deano

from Winnemucca, Nv

Verified Buyer

Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

I'd love to use the thing except for the fact it doesn't come with a power supply and they don't tell you that in the description!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't forget the accessories!

By WarpedNeck

from Chardon OH

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • See comments

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

As with most TC Electronics gear, an excellent product. I use the compressor with my Fender Aerodyne Jbass, Mark Little Tube 800 head and Ampeg Neo 4x10 and 1x15 bottoms and the sound results are awesome. One caveat: In the product description, no mention is made that this item DOES NOT include a 9V power supply nor a USB cable necessary for computer to pedal transfer using the TonePrint software. This is by no stretch of the imagination a deal breaker but it's always disappointing when you get a new toy that can't be immediately used.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

" Simplicity is as Simplicity Does "

By Utopian Hunter

from San Francisco

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects

Best Uses

    Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

    As a bassist, I've been using compressors in my signal chain for live performances (and recording) for decades . . . I have always used rack units VS pedals . Being able to set the Ratio, Threshold, Attack, Release is an advantage on a full scale unit. I find this pedal, click ON, click OFF to be extremely limited in effectiveness . And, I'm not comprehending the "individual string" compression algorithms that TC touts, also, the sound is not all that clean . But for a quickie, (i.e.I want some compression on my guitar or bass) ok, cool, plug it in! . . . but be prepared to " grin and bear" it you feel you need to adjust it. because, you do not have that capability with this box . It's extremely limited.

     
    5.0

    Exactly what I needed

    By MC

    from Illinois

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

      I never knew I needed bass compression until I tried this product. I was having problems with volume variations and dead spots in my Fender Jazz Bass. This pedal fixed everything. Every string and fret are the same volume and the sound is so much more full. The single knob adjustment is so simple and surprisingly versatile. This is now a permanent fixture on my bass set up.

       
      4.0

      Good solid product.

      By Old Rock Dog

      from North Eastern Ca.

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

        Very well built unit. Simple turn of the dial to adjust the effect. It works great with my bass set up. No noise or hiss from the unit I have. I really like it.

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I agree w/ Deano . "REQUIRES" power supply . NOT COOL!

        By Utopian Hunter

        from San Francisco

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

        OK, why wasn't this mentioned in the description . Because eveyone has a 9V 100ma power supply with the correct adapter size laying around . . . right? WRONG! . There is no option for using a 9V battery . So, you need to know this up front . because when it arrives, if you don't have the correct power supply, it's dead in the water until you can buy one .

         
        5.0

        Best pedal a bass player can buy!

        By Andyman

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

          I bought this guy right before a gig and I'm glad I did! I plugged it in and was blown away! It really "tightens" up your sound and makes you sound more professional. I'd always wondered how classic rock bassists get that really tight punchy tone, well now I figured out it's because of compression. My band plays a wide variety of music and I can tell you this pedal is perfect for everything! From blues walking to country swing, this compressor is amazing!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By MDL

          from Bakersfield, Ca.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

            Live music in my band

             
            5.0

            Great sound, Great Price, Great size

            By Nando

            from New Orleans, LA

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Silent Switch
            • Toneprint compatible
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

              This compressor is simple, which is noramlly a turn off for me, but since this is an always on pedal, i thought i could just set it and leave it alone. It controls the dynamics very well and adds sustain to your bass sound. With the toneprint app, you can edit the sound with multiple parameters and switch the function of the knob. The Captain East toneprint is amazing! Would recommend to any bassist, especially for the price.

               
              5.0

              Instant Punch

              By NotYourKnight

              from Canton, Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

                These days, I'm all about getting huge sound out of small, light, portable rigs. Use this with my Ampeg Micro-VR and Mesa Subway 800 to add incredible punch without weighing me down. I know I could endlessly tweak the algorithm using the TonePrint Editor, but honestly it sounds great right out of the box. Well worth the money. TC Electronic knocks it out of the park once again.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great compressor. Great price

                By Nando

                from New Orleans, LA

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compression Pedal:

                    The toneprints are great

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