Alright, so I've learned a lesson or six about how critical some well-applied (and even heavy-handed) compression can be for bass guitars in a rock/metal recording. Does the same principle apply to live use? Do you get the same effect as post-microphone compression if you compress the signal to the amp? How does it differ from, say, a clean boost or Tubescreamer style boost?
Josh has one of these and it does sound fantastic, but I'm not sure it's what I need to recommend for my bassist live. I think I want him to have some compression on tap, but also some tastefully applied grit to thicken up the heavy riffs. He also can't handle more than, like, two buttons before he gets confused, although he'll leave everything where I set it if I tell him to.
Thoughts, wisdom, suggestions?
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I always thought compression on bass was standard for metal bassists.