tc electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor

Effect Pedal for Bass Guitar

  • Bass compressor
  • Ultra compact multi-band compressor in studio quality
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Perfectly matched to Bass
  • TonePrint: upload signature sounds or make your own
  • True bypass
  • Current consumption: 100 mA
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 98 x 63 x 57 mm
  • Weight: 230 g
  • Power supply via 9V D - power supply (coaxial plug - negative pole on the inside, not included, suitable power supply available, art. 409939)
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Kar1l, 08.05.2018
To me, a compressor is the most important piece of gear a bass player can buy. When my old boss limiter pedal died, it was time for a new compressor. I narrowed my options down to the following three:

- Lehle Basswitch Dual Band Compressor
- TC Electronic Spectracomp
- Origin Effects Cali76 Comp. Bass Compressor



To test these pedals, I hooked up my bass to Logic and made some A/B comparisons.

The Spectracomp is definitely the odd one out here. It's super small, probably a third of the size of the other two pedals. It has one knob, which determines the amount of the selected compression is applied. To select a preset, you can hook up the pedal to your computer. Too bad the necessary usb cable was not provided.

It's also possible to stream presets from a smartphone app to the pedal, using the pickups from your bass. This is a very cool, very futuristic feature that actually works. The reason I didn't choose this pedal in the end is twofold:

- The selected preset can only be modified by hooking it up to a computer. This is not band/stage/rehearsal room friendly.
- the gain staging is way too aggressive for my taste, and again, is only adjustable with the computer editor.
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JoeLon, 13.01.2019
Very small but very dramatic, this thing is not subtle, at least straight out of the box. I am really enjoying the extra sustain it brings to my sound but it does kill the dynamics and attack a bit. Once I find the right cables I will plumb it into my computer and have a go at adjusting the settings, but it's not very easy to do mid-gig... The idea of Toneprint is a nice enough idea but there are so many other variables that the celebrity Toneprints that you can download are not of massive value and are mostly a gimmick. What would be better is a fully functional app that you could tweak live... This doesn't seem to be the case, at least lb Android just yet. So in summary, a very aggressive and coloured limiter that won't suit everyone but I'll go with it for a few gigs and see how it goes...
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