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Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The Behringer CS400 COMPRESSOR/SUSTAINER CS400 effects pedal is an affordable way to add some serious finesse to your playing. Dynamics play an impor...Read More

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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 bosst 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
 
3.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (8)
  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Compact (5)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (7)

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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3.0

Good for the money

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from Shingle Spring, CA

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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.

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(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Compressor

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from Mint Hill, North Carolina

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    Cons

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        Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This piece of equipment won't work at all. I purchased a separate power supply, and tried it out with different instruments, and it simply doesn't work.

        I would not recommend anyone purchase this compressor.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good for Chord Clarity - Sustain

        By 

        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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works Great

          By 

          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.

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            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            not really worth it but it is cheap

            By 

            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

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Does what its supposed to do

            By 

            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?

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Disppointed

            By 

            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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very happy. Good product

              By 

              from Effingham, illinois

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Retro sound

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                from Lake Waccamaw North Carolina

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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

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Did the trick!

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                from shreveport la.

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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!!!

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