Bass Compressor Pedals – 8 Best Compression Pedals for Bass (2020 Review)

In this article, we’re going to discussing what are the best bass compressor pedals that exist in 2020.

However, before we jump straight into talking about each of the processing pedals, let’s briefly touch on what exactly a bass compressor pedal is, the different types, and how it works.

Other EQ Effects Pedal (M76)
MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal w/ 4 Cables
BOSS Bass Compressor Guitar Pedal (BC-1X)
MSRP
$189.99
$189.99
$199.99
Our Rating
94
91
87
Dimensions
5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches
6 x 7 x 10 inches
5.8 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches
Weight
1 pound
1.56 pounds
1.26 pounds
Pedal Type
Compressor
Bass Compressor
Compressor
Power
9V DC power supply
9V DC power supply
9V DC power supply
Other EQ Effects Pedal (M76)
MSRP
$189.99
Our Rating
94
Dimensions
5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches
Weight
1 pound
Pedal Type
Compressor
Power
9V DC power supply
More Information
MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal w/ 4 Cables
MSRP
$189.99
Our Rating
91
Dimensions
6 x 7 x 10 inches
Weight
1.56 pounds
Pedal Type
Bass Compressor
Power
9V DC power supply
More Information
BOSS Bass Compressor Guitar Pedal (BC-1X)
MSRP
$199.99
Our Rating
87
Dimensions
5.8 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches
Weight
1.26 pounds
Pedal Type
Compressor
Power
9V DC power supply
More Information

Let’s get to it!

What is a Bass Compressor Pedal?

MXR Bass Compressor Pedal

Bass compressor pedals are effects processors that reduce the dynamic range of the input signal, meaning that the natural dynamic inconsistencies that are apparent in any bassist’s playing are reduced.

A bass compression pedal is useful for both live performances and within a recording studio environment.

Analog vs Digital Bass Compression Pedals

Bass compressor pedals have traditionally used analog circuitry, and whilst most still do, as it provides a very natural sounding compression, the advancements in digital audio emulation have been exemplary, and therefore some pedals such as the Boss BC-1X actually uses digital circuitry as it’s known to reduce static noise that is caused by the analog circuitry.

However, for some, this noise creates a depth to the sound and adds character.

I advise that you take a look and listen to all of the video demonstrations that we’ve supplied following each processor review.

What Does a Bass Compressor Pedal Do?

As we’ve previously discussed, a compressor pedal for bass guitars will help limit the dynamic range of the input signal, outputting a more limited signal.

The outputted signal is determined by a number of settings on the interface itself, which the user can adjust accordingly.

Their settings usually specify the upper and lower dB range of inputted signals to which if this is surpassed, the signal will either be boosted (if it’s lower than a certain dB level) or limited (if it’s louder than a certain dB level).

The style of music played will also play an important factor in determining the level of compression applied, with styles such as Pop/Rock being renowned for over-compressing.

These bass compression processors are usually used alongside other bass effects pedals, i.e bass octave pedals, and bass preamp pedals, but are placed further along in the signal path, to compress the overall signal after all other effects have been introduced.

When to Use a Bass Guitar Compressor Pedal

Woman Playing Guitar

These pedals are typically used within a live performance setting, allowing a band to gain a balanced sound, with all instruments using compressors.

Although these processors can be used within a recording studio, they are usually not, since every studio will have rack-mountable compression units which provide ultra high-quality signal compression, suitable for most instruments.

As always, we’ve arranged the list of processors based on price, in ascending order

So without further ado, what are the best compressor pedals for bass in 2020?

Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor

Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher Bass Compressor/Sustainer Pedal

Features

  • Compact compressor designed specifically for Bass, by bassists
  • Tough, die-cast outer chassis
  • Attack toggle controls the timing of compression activation – Fast, Medium and Slow
  • Volume and Sustain Controls
  • True Bypass

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: Unknown
  • Dimensions :2.75w x 4.5l x 2.1h inches
  • Powered on 9V

For a demonstration of the processor, take a look at the video demonstration below:


MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compresor Pedal

Features

  • Lightweight compression processor
  • Durable aluminum chassis and stompbox
  • Simple operation with only two variable filters: Output level and Sensitivity level

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.8 inches

For a demonstration of the processor, take a look at the video demonstration below:


TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor

TC Electronic Bass Compression Effect Pedal

Features

  • Based on the same several-band dynamics engine that’s featured in the TC System 6000; Providing a natural-sounding signal compression across the frequency spectrum
  • Single Knob functionality – For ease of use
  • Comes with ‘Tone-Print’ (free app and editor available for PC, Mac, and iPad) to create customizable compression settings
  • True Bypass
  • 3* Year Warranty

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: Unknown
  • Dimensions : 1.9 x 3.7 x 1.9 inches
  • Powered on 9V

This particular pedal only has one knob for compression settings, which makes it very easy to use for beginners, but somewhat limiting for more experienced technologically minded musicians.

Although, the device comes with what TC Electronics call ‘Tone Print’, providing endless compression combinations that can be accessed by the free app and editor.

For a demonstration of the processor, take a look at the video demonstration below:


Seymour Duncan Studio Bass Compressor Pedal

Seymour Duncan Studio Bass Compressor Pedal

Features

  • Low noise compressor/limiter pedal
  • A Sleek black outer casing
  • Versatile sound with three-position mini-toggle, blend knob, attack, compression, and level knobs
  • Can help provide a mid-boost or low-end boost to cut through the mix

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 0.67 pounds
  • Dimensions : 2.6 x 5.0 x 1.5 inches
  • VCA Compressor powered by a 9v battery

For a demonstration of the processor, take a look at the video demonstration below:


MXR M76 Studio Compressor

Other EQ Effects Pedal (M76)

Features

  • Lightweight compression processor with true bypass
  • Durable aluminum chassis and stompbox
  • 10 LEDs to represent the gain-reduction status
  • CHT (Constant Headroom Technology) for clean compression
  • The unit has interface controls for the following signal parameters: Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output.

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 0.9 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches
  • Constant Headroom Technology represents an internal voltage doubler so when the pedal power supply is plugged in, the voltage doubles from 9v to 18v, providing a clean headroom.

This processor is suitable for someone looking for a compressor that can be used on both guitar and bass.

However, if you’re looking for a dedicated bass compressor pedal (which is highly likely) then take a look at the MXR M87.

For a demonstration of the processor, take a look at the video demonstration below:


EBS Sweden AB EBS-Pedal-SE-MC Bass Compression Effect Pedal

EBS Sweden AB EBS-Pedal-SE-MC Bass Compression Effect Pedal

Features

  • Several band analog compressor pedal
  • Analog circuitry with higher dynamics and lower noise than previous versions
  • Highly compact in size
  • True Bypass

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 1.0 pound
  • Dimensions :5.0w x 3.5l x 2.0h inches
  • Powered on 9V battery

For a demonstration of the processor, take a look at the video demonstration below:


MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal w/ 4 Cables

Features

  • Lightweight Bass compression processor with true bypass
  • Sleek and Stylish aesthetics, with White Casing and Cool Blue, LED when Compressor is Active
  • Durable aluminum chassis and stompbox
  • 10 bright LEDs to represent the gain-reduction status
  • CHT (Constant Headroom Technology) for clean compression
  • Features an array of interface controls, with parameters for the following: Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output.

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 0.9 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches
  • Constant Headroom Technology represents an internal voltage doubler so when the pedal power supply is plugged in, the voltage doubles from 9v to 18v, providing a clean headroom.

For a demonstration of the processor, take a look at the video demonstration below:


Boss BC-1X – Bass Compressor 

Boss BC-1X Compression pedal for bassists

Features

  • High-quality, several-band digital compressor with intelligent circuitry
  • Very durable outer metal chassis
  • A range of controls, stomp-box on/off, compression level, release, ratio, and threshold allowing the player to adjust settings to the micro level
  • 12 LED light for visual compression display

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 1.27 pound
  • Dimensions :5.8w x 3.5l x 2.5h inches
  • Powered on a 9V battery

Conclusion

In conclusion, we personally feel that the MXR M87 or Boss BC-1X bass compressor pedals are the best, providing high-quality compression, in physical units which are durable and will last for years to come.

Although these units are a little more expensive than other units within the list, we feel that the price is warranted, especially if you’re looking to play live or in-studio.

We certainly hope that you’ve found this article interesting and useful!

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