MXR M87 Bass Compressor
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- Model# M87
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1) Functionality - the kind of controls that you get here aren't usually found at this price. The LED metering is great and lets you know how much input to dial in, I only know of a couple other that do this, and they go for $250+.
2) Ease of use - the manual gets you up and running in minutes, but patience and more use will allow me to fully utilize this effect
3) Sound - fattens my tone like a compressor should, but will also work as a limiter when the situation calls for it.
4) Reliability in the manufacturer - I've heard about a number of these not turning on, not responding to inputs, hissing, etc. For my money, I wanted peace of mind in a trusted brand like MXR.
P.S. While the manual won't tell you, this pedal will also accept higher voltages, and I run mine through my 18V voodoo. I'l put a picture up soon.
This is especially easy to use for those new to compression. The manual helps you get decent settings within 10 minutes. The metering lights let you know when the compression is kicking in and how much. Simple.
All this plus the build quality of an MXR pedal and their solid reputation for customer service.
The effect is subtle, evens out the note volumes and adds a little to the sustain the way I have it dialed in. You can use a compressor for other things, but that's what I wanted it for. Another reviewer said a compressor on bass is better felt than heard, that's exactly right, it makes you seem like a better player, and makes it easier on the sound guys because your peak volume is more consistent.
I had to front-end it with the MXR-M81 preamp since I have a passive bass. This pedal is not intended to be used as a preamp from what I can tell, it adds some hiss and doesn't have enough gain to be effective for that purpose, my bass couldn't even light up the lights on highest gain. But if you hit it with line-level inputs it shines.
It appears to draw power from the moment you plug in to the input jack, turning on bypass does not appear to stop current draw like the tuner and preamp pedal do, so keep that in mind when you are figuring battery life. I learned this the hard way. A nice feature is when the battery dies it silently goes into bypass mode. A few of the LED lights stick on for a while as a low battery indicator, but it's already in bypass mode when you see that.
My settings are 12:00 for input, output, and attack, 3:00 for release, and 4:1 ratio. My low E string hit hard will almost light up all the LEDS, the A string not so much, and the D and E hardly at all, so mostly it stops the E from overpowering the rest of the strings. When played softly I don't hit the limit so my soft dynamic range is still accessible for expressiveness o soft parts, and cleans me up a bit on the loud ones. I love this pedal and won't play without it now. Wish I had bought it years ago.
Another great feature of the M87 is the input and output ratio. I was able to adjust my input at a higher level, and keep the output at a lower level to give a more balanced and level sound for the different styles and techniques used. The M87 also has a foot switch that allows you to have the pedal on, or in true bypass mode with a blue light as an indicator to let you know which mode is currently functioning. The M87 can be powered with one 9 volt battery or with an adapter/power supply. The housing is small and durable. Everything is detailed to read in an easy way and this device is a powerhouse that everyone should have in their lineup. The instructions that came with the M87 are very thorough, which makes it easier for those that may not yet fully understand the aspects and effect that a compressor can have on your sound.
I gives my bass a really nice round sound.
I especially like the controls. You can control how much compression to get.
I've owned much more expensive compressors (like Effectrode), but I like this one the best.
It is very solidly built.
There is a light indicator at the top that allows you to see how much your signal is being compressed.
For some reason... With a passive bass, I need to put the input up to almost full before the light goes on.
Even with the light off, the M87 gives my bass a bright sound.
The MXR M87 is well worth the money.
If it broke I would buy it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quiet, transparent, and very versatile. If you're looking for varying levels of compression and tons of control over it, this is the pedal for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Philip John
heard great things but i sent this back and got the Aguilar instead.. i like the Aguilar much better but others may have better luck with this MXR.Published 4 months ago by Joshua Y.
The sign of a great piece of gear is when it sounds great without needing you to 'dial it in'. This pedal is so easy to adjust with the LED's I had it sounding great in 10... Read morePublished 9 months ago by CriticalShopper
It's a matter of taste and this didn't do it for me so I ended up with a Keeley.Published 9 months ago by MD
This is an excellent compressor for bass. I can dial in Light compression and light limiting right where I like it. Works great with my Eden amplification. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeffrey Brewer
One of the best all around studio compressor pedals. Works great for acoustic guitar as well.Published 13 months ago by el84nr
Still messing with the settings, but it has solved the clipping problem I had with my AmpPublished 14 months ago by Glen Wiley