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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
 
3.8

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (13)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Compact (9)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Performances (15)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (12)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not really worth it but it is cheap

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

Great pedal

By T Caster

from Crisfield, Maryland

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    My first compression pedal. Never knew what a difference one would make. Crisp bright sound. Wish I had bought this long ago. Great product.

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    4.0

    works fine....

    By chub

    from va.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      good pedal for the price, I think Behringer has some fairly good pedals

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      3.0

      I would buy this again

      By Stuart

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Use it for a backup to my Boss compressor. Don't sound as good as the Boss but good enough and well worth it for the price

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      would no buy again

      By Patrick

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      worked with batteries, but not with addaptor

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      3.0

      I would not buy ths again, however it could be me?

      By Brenno

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I am not 100% sure about this pedal yet, on clean it seems to introduce some distortion (maybe that's how a sustain pedal works) For some stuff it works great, others no so much. I don't have anything to compare it to, however for the cost of the unit its cheap enough if you don't like it to keep it around for something else.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't beat this

      By Richard

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Really good value! Quickly dialed in great sounds. For the cost, there is none better. I had a unit costing 4X the price of this one and this one sounds better. Works well to add a slight punch to an overdrive tube amp.
        I have a tube head that sounded a little flat and added this. Wow.
        Definitely would recommend this pedal.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        no frills pedal

        By bmort

        from Davison, MI

        About Me Professional Musician

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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....

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good price Musician's Friend good place.

          By W Shane

          from new york

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Retired

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great buy!!!

            By Tim

            from Ft. Worth, TX.

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            Verified Buyer

            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.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Behringer CS400

              By ScottyMac

              from Cheboygan Mi.

              About Me Novice

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Behringer CS400 Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Seems to do a good job of compressing the sound. Great for the price. This is a pedial I have on most all the time while playing. It will run through a battery pretty fast and you get a fuzzy distorted sound when the battery starts to run down even though the power/battery level light appears bright. I would recomend conection to another power supply. Since this in an effect you would have on all the time i see no reason this pedeal would not last a long time.

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