I’ve been trying to avoid GAS but as I kept poking around the web, many signs pointed to a compressor being the one pedal a bassist ought to have. So I bought a used EHX Bass Preacher for $60 on reverb.com. All I can say if that my tone and feelings about my technique changed drastically.
I’ve been wanting to learn to slap but every time I would practice, the harmonica of thumping and plucking were too much and it felt like I was just making pathetic noise. Once I plugged into the compressor, added a medium attack and some light compression, the tone and volume levels between the two leveled out and it actually sounds good to my ears.
I don’t know if this is a bad crutch that will breed bad technique but my confidence in my playing increased drastically from this little magic box. Even the other baselines I play around with just sound so much smoother and even. I feel like I found the holy grail of tone.
Ps: there are a tons of compressor options out there. Many of which are quite pricey. I opted for the EHX version because it was touted as a set-and-forget type of compression. Now I feel like I can focus on my playing instead of fiddling around with a bunch of knobs.