Posted by El Pájaro on May 16, 2000 at 06:51:20:
In Reply to: Compression posted by jcor on May 15, 2000 at 17:37:01:
: How important is compression when playing in concert - small to medium hall or outside? Any recommendations as to a reasonably priced unit that will work well with an Ampeg B2R?
Some may give you a differente piece of advice, but, as far as playing live goes, I think the importance of compression is relative, at least when comparing to the importance of compression in recordings. When you do a recording, and I don't necessarily mean a master session for a major star, but any recording, even low budget demos, it's important to do whatever it takes to make the bass seat well on a track. This may take (among other things like heavy EQing) compression to some degree.
Live, though I've seen and heard so many bassist abusing compression and sounding so flat squashed, I realized it's best to take care of dynamics myself, going with the flow of the songs and laying back or going a little over the edge when the music calls for. This is just my opinion, though, and I will quickly point out I respect players who found usable ways to apply compression live. I just didn't.
Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix,
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