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Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal

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Add amazing impact to your tone and provide endless sustain.

The Behringer CS400 COMPRESSOR/SUSTAINER CS400 effects pedal is an affordable way to add some serious finesse to your playing. Dynamics play an important role in music. They help to convey emotion, whether it's a sultry blues solo or the unrelenting gallop of unfettered metal. But uncontrolled dynamics can take all your best intentions and turn them into mush. That's where the Behringer CS400 comes in, softening loud sounds and boosting low signal levels to keep everything more uniform.

Ever notice how some strings on your guitar or bass sound louder than others? This is partly due to physics. Strings with lower mass just don't put out as much volume as the heavier ones. When used properly, a compressor makes all of the strings the same volume. Compressors are also great for slap-style bass players, making thumb slaps, string pulls and muted notes all the same volume, for an extremely percussive effect.

The CS400 COMPRESSOR/SUSTAINER is easy to use. You can dial in the right amount of compression using the dedicated Attack and Sustain dials. The Level control allows you to set the output to subtle, or engage a monster volume boost. Tone lets you add exactly the right level of highs. From clean, snappy country leads to rock solos that scream for eons, the CS400 is built to make your sound the center of attention. Its LED tells you when it's on, and the top-quality on/off switch maintains outstanding signal integrity in bypass mode. You can power this scene-stealer with either a 9 V battery or our PSU-SB DC power supply (not included).

FEATURES
  • Compress loud and boost low signals without degrading the original sound
  • Dedicated Level, Tone, Attack and Sustain controls
  • Blue status LED
  • First-class electronic On/Off switch for highest signal integrity in bypass mode
  • Rugged construction ensures long life

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BehringerCS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (23)
  • Responsive (21)
  • Compact (16)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You can pay more but why?

This is a low cost but great sounding compressor pedal for guitar.I have two other compressor pedals (as well as two rack compressors) that both cost more than three times what this Behringer pedal...Read complete review

This is a low cost but great sounding compressor pedal for guitar.I have two other compressor pedals (as well as two rack compressors) that both cost more than three times what this Behringer pedal cost but I like this one better. It just does the job without adding noise or coloration to the guitars tone. I have been playing pro for 40 years now and have been through many pedals, amps and guitars in that time. Fortunately I got over the "fancy name brand only" stigma that many people still have and just look for something that is cost effective and just does the job. This compressor is a great example. My set up is my Les Paul or Epiphone Sheraton into the Behringer pedal then out to my old Dunlop Wah pedal to a BBE Sonic Stomp (also a great product) into a VOX VT30 amp mic'd to the PA with a Shure SM58. (Although there is a decent compressor built into the effects section of the VOX VT30 I like the Behringer better.)
If you are looking for quality sound at a great price buy the Behringer pedal. (Don't buy the Behringer DC9 compressor pedal. I bought that one first. It colors your tone noticbly and compresses the signal way too much and makes your tone thin and weak,)

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Good for the money

The price is good, but it's cheep plastic so it would not work well for on the road. The sound is good, but it's a bit noisy. For recording, you'd want to...Read complete review

The price is good, but it's cheep plastic so it would not work well for on the road. The sound is good, but it's a bit noisy. For recording, you'd want to go with a higher quality unit. I would recommend to friend as a standby or jamming, but not for recording. Good luck.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does exactly what it says it will do.

By Country Picker

from Lexington NC

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I read many negative reviews on this product that went like," OMG, it's made of PLASTIC!! If I jump up and down on it over and over it may BREAK!" Well, DUH! I don't plan on jumping on it at all. The quality of sound produced by this product is equal to that of products costing a lot more. It seems to be very sturdy, it does the job it was designed to do, and does it very well. And since I don't plan on pounding on it with a hammer...

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You can pay more but why?

    By Rick Holly

    from New Jersey

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live

        Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is a low cost but great sounding compressor pedal for guitar.I have two other compressor pedals (as well as two rack compressors) that both cost more than three times what this Behringer pedal cost but I like this one better. It just does the job without adding noise or coloration to the guitars tone. I have been playing pro for 40 years now and have been through many pedals, amps and guitars in that time. Fortunately I got over the "fancy name brand only" stigma that many people still have and just look for something that is cost effective and just does the job. This compressor is a great example. My set up is my Les Paul or Epiphone Sheraton into the Behringer pedal then out to my old Dunlop Wah pedal to a BBE Sonic Stomp (also a great product) into a VOX VT30 amp mic'd to the PA with a Shure SM58. (Although there is a decent compressor built into the effects section of the VOX VT30 I like the Behringer better.)
        If you are looking for quality sound at a great price buy the Behringer pedal. (Don't buy the Behringer DC9 compressor pedal. I bought that one first. It colors your tone noticbly and compresses the signal way too much and makes your tone thin and weak,)

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Does what its supposed to do

        By Kelly

        from orlando, fl

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good sound quality
        • Low Price
        • Still Works After A Year

        Cons

        • Cheaply made
        • Cheap Plastic Parts

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Bought this on a whim before one of those Best Buy music stores closed down for even cheaper than this price. I don't get any noise from the pedal. If you buy this pedal and get signal hum, it's probably got a bad capacitor, so exchange it.

        This is a clone of the CS-3 from Boss. It's not made of metal but cheap plastic. Please don't gig with this thing thinking you can slam your foot on it, cause it's probably gonna break.

        For the money, best compressor you can buy. 4star since its build quality isn't great, but come on, its behringer, what do you expect?

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good pedal for the pennys

        By Lloyd

        from Carmel, IN

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        Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal is not for everyone. I mean it does the job very well and that is all. The attack and sustain controls are touchy; micro-touches bring macro-changes. The tone control is a broadband sweep find the sweet spot and don't touch it. So if you're a set it and forget it; this pedal is for you. If you're a knob twister, one that has more acute control might be for you.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great price per value

        By none

        from illinois

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Great Price
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I have more expensive units but come back to this one. If you're looking for good sustain or a little crunch this is for you. Works well with my tube screamer. I have used it on both SS and tube amps. I've used it 2 to 3 times a week for over a year and have had no problem with it. Solid housing.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very happy. Good product

        By Airjock

        from Effingham, illinois

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Inexpensive And Very Good

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Right out of the box the compressor worked great. It's perfect for adding volume and sustain for driving leads on rock and long holding notes on slow songs.
          The price is amazing and it has no latent noise. I had a Boss compressor that had latent noise issues. This one is a a quarter the price with better sound and comparable features.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Retro sound

          By Lakeman

          from Lake Waccamaw N.C.

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I was suprised with the sound you can get from this pedal at the price. it hold the notes and gives that Retro sound of the Old Amps. Good Buy

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Did the trick!

          By JWT

          from shreveport La.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Great Price
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Bass
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I been playin guitar for 50 years and just recently started playing bass at church i was having a problem with the eq just couldn't get the sound i wanted so a friend recomended a compresion pedal so i read all the reviews and the cs400 for the price had the best, and man when i hook it up that was it ! even out the tone warm bass sound and sustain love it love it!!!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for Chord Clarity - Sustain

          By StageLeftBlues

          from Indianapolis

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy to use
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This is my first guitar compressor. A bass player going back to guitar. I watched a video to learn how to use it. Setting it a 12 o'clock is a good start. This is best used in the context of a full band as it steals some highs and lows. If you don't like it you may not know how to use it correctly.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works as Advertised

            By Beermaster

            from DePere

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Works the way it is supposed to. Does a great job.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great buy!!!

              By Tim

              from Ft. Worth, TX.

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This does exactly what a compressor is supposed to do. It has a really good range & sound. Great pedal for a low cost. Perfect for anyone on a budget...OR NOT! It is plastic but is very durable. It's fine for normal use but I do not stomp on my pedals like an elephant or mule. I use it 2-3 per week on stage & it is fine. Don't be afraid of this pedal. I have 2 Behringer pedals mixed with other brands & I really like them.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works Great

                By Roda

                from Bville MS

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  This peddle does exactly what it is supposed to do. It gives compression and sustain very well. It's a great addition to my peddle arsenal. For the price you cant beat it.

                  (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  not really worth it but it is cheap

                  By fishmark1

                  from houston,tx area

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Low Cost Effect

                  Cons

                  • Dont Step On It To Hard
                  • It Mite Break

                  Best Uses

                  • Looking For Bad Sound

                  Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  well sometimes something cheap is worth it but this one of those time that it is not I will keep it so that when my friend come over i'll let them use it so I sound better playing guitar LOL the sustainer does give some sustain but the attack is useless on the pedal you can have it all the way turn up or down no difference so anyway I would not recommend it to a friend until he try's mine then they can decide for them selves

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  no frills pedal

                  By bmort

                  from Davison MI

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                  Pros

                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • good sound, low noise
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    use it just to add a little compression to an acoustic guitar on stage... not the greatest build but for about 1/5 the price of the nearest similar pedal, it's a great buy....

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Decent sustain, subtle compression.

                    By KingSteven16

                    from ATX

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Pretty decent pedal. The decent compression and sustain happens when the attack, sustain and level knobs are more than half up. Otherwise it doesn't really change much. I hear complaints about the construction but these are solid. There's a metal base to add some weight to it and the plastic used isn't flimsy and thin; it feels dense and unless you were stomping on the knobs I don't see how you could damage it.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Does the job very well!

                      By Jose

                      from St. Cloud, MN.

                      About Me Novice

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I cannot believe that a compressor for this amount of money works as well as it does! -- Just does it's thing, without any unusual noise. (which I used to get out of my Boss compressor - which died.)
                        Other than the housing that is made of plastic, I don't see any negative things about this pedal.
                        I use this mainly at home, and usually always have it turned on, and leave it on, so I think the plastic housing issue will not have any effect on my use.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great compliment to my stage setup!

                        By bjmsongs

                        from Olympia, WA

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                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Used it for just one gig so far but it nicely took the harsh edge from my Tele and gave me extra gain and sustain. Although I have on-board compression and effects with my amplifier it's not always convenient to turn around and re-program as I need, so I've gone back to the floor pedals system. This manufacturer has won me over time and again with great products with reliability and ease of use.

                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Good value

                            By Ptavery

                            from Colfax, Ia.

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Poor Sound Quality

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              Overall, good effects buy some background noise.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Good for the money

                              By Scotty

                              from Shingle Springs

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                              Pros

                              • Responsive

                              Cons

                              • Breaks Easily
                              • Poor Sound Quality

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              The price is good, but it's cheep plastic so it would not work well for on the road. The sound is good, but it's a bit noisy. For recording, you'd want to go with a higher quality unit. I would recommend to friend as a standby or jamming, but not for recording. Good luck.

                              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              Disppointed

                              By mossman

                              from fort myers florida

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Does Not Come Wcharger
                                • Hard To Get To Battery
                                • Not Responsive

                                Best Uses

                                • As A Signal Booster

                                Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                I expect things to work even if the price is low. Another review talked about too much change in the knobs. I wish. All it does is boost the signal. Product quality? Now I will be looking for a decent compressor all over again.

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