On the other hand, the Compact Bass is no slouch and really shouldn't be looked at as a lower class compressor. At the same time, several controls have been changed up to cater to bass players. It is meant to operate at 18 volts and that is where it shines. The guitar will become increasingly more touch sensitive. Those pedals are fantastic--but they are actually huge. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. It has a balanced DI/line output (TRS 1/4" jack) and there is a switch allowing you to toggle between mic/DI level (low) and line level (high). The "PAD" switch can be used to drop the signal by around 28dB, and this should give the user enough range to be able to plug into both line-level, and mic-level inputs. It is highly responsive and allows you to easily see the interaction between attack and release and overall gain reduction. It works very, very well. With the HPF control dialed in, the compression ratio effectively becomes frequency dependent. Compression is greatly reduced at lower gain settings as much of the signal entering the compressor section falls below the compressor's internal threshold. They are obviously cut from the same cloth. Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2019. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2020, Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019, Best comp on the market by far! Does the CB in a smaller package compete with the big box TX? Worth the cost. The Compact Bass can also be run at 18 volts and with basses (or any instrument with higher gain) you will want to run it at 18 volts. With the HPF control dialed in, the compression ratio effectively becomes frequency dependent. Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019. In practice, this means your low strings will sound less choked and having more life. I can see that. They are heavy and have a robust feel. If you have the room on your pedal board, or don't care about size, you owe it to yourself to give the big box TX a try. Red means the signal is below threshold. The compression is very transparent and quiet. I have used some very nice compressor pedals in the past, but this is the best so far. For maximum effect when processing guitar, the Release must be set so that the compressor responds fully to every note played. This is one of those cases where I say go try them both if you can. The Cali76 TX is based on the legendary Urei 1176 FET compressor. Subscribe to be notified of new reviews published. The Compact Bass has a single "jewel" LED that illuminates red indicating the pedal is activated. The combination of the Dry blend and HPF helps make the Compact Bass get more fat and punchy at the same time. The Attack control determines the time taken for the compressor to react to the presence of a signal, i.e. It is easy for things to feel to squishy down low. The lows are always more squashed when playing through the Cali76 TX. The Compact Bass has a soft switch which I prefer. It truly sounds better operated at 18 volts having a more lively sound. You will notice the Cali76 Compact Bass has a combined Attack/Release dial. Orange indicates moderate compression which varies a just a little bit in brightness. Review, Yoel Kreisler, really enjoyed writing the review and using the pedal – so much so that he doesn’t want to send the review pedal back and is keeping it for himself! Yes, you have to open the cover to adjust though. In fact, I would think most anybody would find much pleasure in using either. I found myself constantly tweaking the dials on the Compact Bass. I have used some very nice compressor pedals in the past, Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2017. It is indeed like having an 1176 in a pedal and the fact you can do parallel compression and have a HPF control makes this thing stand out in the large crowd of bass compressors. I find the Cali76 TX faster and easier to dial in. Origin’s Cali76 pedals boast an enviable list of big name owners, but the original units didn’t leave much room on a … I'm sure my readers want me to come out and state which is the better device. The Cali76 Compact Bass is an 1176-style studio-grade FET compressor, complete with dedicated controls for parallel compression and sidechain filtering. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. I must say that it is as good as it's built up to be and totally worth the price. Compact Bass Compressor Review, "the single combined Attack/Release control provides a continuous sweep of useful settings while avoiding combinations that can result in ugly distortion artifacts creeping into the lower registers. The TX has the added benefit of the transducer and pad/gain switching. Origin Effects doesn't publish the ratio range but it feels quite similar to the TX. Low notes have an weight and presence while your higher notes remain controlled. I was a bit skeptical of this pedal living up to its price and prestige. This helps to keep the output at a consistent level, regardless of settings. I got this pedal 3 days ago. Finger style? The TX has a more typical foot switch with audible click. It really is a killer compressor. Yeah, they aren't exactly the bargain priced devices, but they really are fantastic compressors. That same LED also has three additional stages of illumination indicating threshold/compression. Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2019. There is a better option based on your needs though. The Cali76 Compact Bass is clearly an attempt to produce something of the same tonal feel but in a considerably smaller package. Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Bass and Compact Deluxe: Origin made a huge splash with their introduction of the Cali76 and its TX and SlideRig variations.Those pedals are fantastic--but they are …