This was EVERYTHING I needed!
I am a firm believer that less is much more when playing bass. It is all about the player and the bass, but I've also been a bit unsatisfied without having "some" ability to touch my sound with a little compression when not using my entire gig rig. I didn't own any pedals for my bass setup, but I have looked into what to possibly use for some compression for quite a while.
I was concerned the Metaphors may only provide a marginal effect for what I needed, but I ended up being totally and completely satisfied. I play and record for both a classic rock and blues band - 60s, 70s, 80s and new as well as a little Country, and also a Praise Choir. I needed a little distortion for my band (think Spirit in the Sky type effects), and a clean compressor for the praise choir (I have a rack compressor for my band rig, but it's too much effort to drag in every Sunday).
I purchased the bass Metaphors (after watching all the YouTube videos I could find), and hooked it up as soon as it arrived. I was not pleased with the compressor when running though my amp at home (unbalanced), but I really enjoyed the distortion available. As soon as I clicked the compressor on, it produced a very apparent hiss. Not cool. No hiss with the compressor off, and the distortion was great - no hiss whether on or off. (I was running an unbalanced cable to my gig rig from the Metaphors.)
The first Sunday I used it, I was definitely concerned about what would happen. I have to hook directly into the mixer console and not use my band rig on Sunday. I hooked up with a balanced XLR cable to the mixer (as a DI), and it was PERFECT. No hiss. Great compression without squishing all my playing. My Sunday sound engineer is no longer jumping to turn me down when I get a little emphasis into the song (leaving me absent for the next song - forgetting to turn me back up), and I can really relax playing and go for it when I want, knowing that I wont be chasing anyone out the back doors when I'm expressing my style.
I cannot say enough good about the electro-harmonix Bass Metaphors pedal.