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Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal  

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The Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal was specially developed to incorporate the same features and sonic clarity found in high-quality professiona...Read More

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Put a pro-level compressor beneath your foot!

The Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal was specially developed to incorporate the same features and sonic clarity found in high-quality professional studio compressors. To achieve this Carl Martin incorporates a variable threshold, compression ratio, and attack/release controls and of course, a gain level.

General Guidelines on the use of the Compressor/Limiter:

Threshold: Working anti clockwise, determines how much of the signal will be compressed. This is also dependent on how much signal is fed from the instrument.

Comp: Working clockwise, determines how much compression is applied to the signal allowed by the threshold setting.

Resp: Working clockwise, determines the attack/release times, going from slow to fast. In general, if you want to hear the compressor working with a crisp attack you should use slow times. If you require silent limiting, you should use fast times.

Gain: Working clockwise, sets the overall gain.

Busy: Indicates the amount of compression being applied, even in bypass mode. The brighter it gets, the more compression is being applied.

The Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal is ruggedly built by hand in Denmark.


Get the precise amount of squish you want without compromising your signal clarity. Order today!

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Carl MartinCompressor/Limiter Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Electric Guitar Comp in the World.

    Every major recording you?ve ever heard has some compression, especially on bass and guitar. If you record electric guitar ?you need a compressor. And if you want professional-quality Nashville chicken? picking?...Read complete review

    Every major recording you?ve ever heard has some compression, especially on bass and guitar. If you record electric guitar ?you need a compressor. And if you want professional-quality Nashville chicken? picking? sound, good compression is absolutely essential. Carl Martin is the one. This little beauty bench-tests at an incredible -105dB s/n ratio! (I checked!) That?s better than boutique units that cost ten times as much! (Really? go read the specs for yourself!) But this compressor is optimized for guitar level signals, which saves half of your tweaking. It can be perfectly adjusted in just seconds, literally! Yet it is not over-simplified or like most of the popular two-knob compressors. It does exactly what it is supposed to? nothing more. It does its job sweetly, quietly, and has never let me down, despite daily use for over a decade. In my thirty years of studio playing, I have used every compressor you could think of. This one is what big boys use for guitar. If you want supreme quality, super low noise, zero coloration with sensitive yet easy control, Carl Martin makes the best compressor for electric guitar.

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    Too fragile

    The Carl Martin Compressor Limiter sounds great (very clear) and compresses like it should. I am used to using studio compressors and this one is exceptionally clear for a stomp box.However, I dropped...Read complete review

    The Carl Martin Compressor Limiter sounds great (very clear) and compresses like it should. I am used to using studio compressors and this one is exceptionally clear for a stomp box.However, I dropped it from 3 feet onto a carpet and it broke. When I opened it up, I found that the pots were directly attached to the PCB board! This is an engineering no-no; they should be decoupled so impacts to the PCB are minimized. A BOSS pedal wouldn't break, so I don't see why this one should when it is 3x the price.I sent it back to the company, but the said user error and I had to pay another $150 to have it fixed. Since then, I've only used it at home. I wouldn't use it live.

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    5.0

    Top Notch Compressor

    By ms

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

      Everything from peak limiting to fully squashed, this compressor does it all flawlessly. I would recommend downloading the manual from Carl Martin and spend time becoming familiar with it.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome product

      By Keefer

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

        I love this unit. I now have two of them. One for live gigs that I've been using for years and the other for my studio. I've tried other compressors different brands and this one is the best to my ears. Adds great sustain to lead guitar when used with my Tube Screemer. I keep it on all the time. Excellent for rhythm guitar. I really can't say enough about how awesome this product is. Carl Martin Compressor Limiter Pedal is a well built top quality product.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does what it is supposed to - VERY WELL!

        By moi

        from NM

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • No Battery To Deal With
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Instructions Not Included

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

        It took me awhile to figure out how to use this.
        No instructions included....had to go on line to website
        for explanation of controls.
        Very interactive.
        Relatively quiet, depending how you set it.
        Sometimes I use it a boost/limiter for solos which
        means I no longer blow out the ears of the audience during those
        over the top moments.
        It does effect tone but EXTREMELY minimal...again depending on how you set it, especially if you totally squash the notes....
        otherwise very transparent.
        I like it A LOT - despite the high price.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Used by the pros

        By MrBlues

        from Denmark

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

            Go to Youtube and search for gear review of Joe Bonamassa or Gary Moore. They have it on their pedal boards - that's all you need to know.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best stompbox compressor I've ever used.

            By Meowser

            from Brooklyn

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Tone Build Versatility

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                The Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter is just the greatest. It's the least noisy, best-sounding compressor I've encountered. I've used many; Boss CS2 and CS3, Barber Tone Press, T.C. Electronic Sustain & Para EQ, Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone, Maxon CS-101, and the Carl Martin. It's not even a close call for any of these models.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Carl Martin Compressor: Yes

                By Nate!

                from Ashburn, VA

                Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                I was trying out different compressors at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, and came across the Carl Martin. It is a beautiful sounding compressor. Lots of squish and sustain. I plan on buying as soon as I get the money.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Top Notch !!!

                By CWhasp

                from Illinois

                Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                This is the first compressor Ive owned. I never liked NoiseGates or compressors much. I was wanting to attain a level signal to my effects (boxes). I read up on compressors and investigated many different reviews, specs, and opinions, which led me to the CM Limiter. I had never heard of this company before. I took a chance and spent the extra bucks and purchased the CM Limiter and was disappointed at first. But I didnt know what I had, or what to do with it. Alot more reading on the internet and before ya know it the CM Limiter was kick'n !!! I was uninformed about the nature of a compressor, and was unable to take advantage of both the quality and easiness of operation of the CM Limiter. Its awesome, and now I cant play without it! Ive never had a problem with it(yet), and as far as I can tell, its built well enough for the road. I would recommend this unit to any giging guitarists.

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Too fragile

                Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                The Carl Martin Compressor Limiter sounds great (very clear) and compresses like it should. I am used to using studio compressors and this one is exceptionally clear for a stomp box.However, I dropped it from 3 feet onto a carpet and it broke. When I opened it up, I found that the pots were directly attached to the PCB board! This is an engineering no-no; they should be decoupled so impacts to the PCB are minimized. A BOSS pedal wouldn't break, so I don't see why this one should when it is 3x the price.I sent it back to the company, but the said user error and I had to pay another $150 to have it fixed. Since then, I've only used it at home. I wouldn't use it live.

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Electric Guitar Comp in the World.

                Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                Every major recording you?ve ever heard has some compression, especially on bass and guitar. If you record electric guitar ?you need a compressor. And if you want professional-quality Nashville chicken? picking? sound, good compression is absolutely essential. Carl Martin is the one. This little beauty bench-tests at an incredible -105dB s/n ratio! (I checked!) That?s better than boutique units that cost ten times as much! (Really? go read the specs for yourself!) But this compressor is optimized for guitar level signals, which saves half of your tweaking. It can be perfectly adjusted in just seconds, literally! Yet it is not over-simplified or like most of the popular two-knob compressors. It does exactly what it is supposed to? nothing more. It does its job sweetly, quietly, and has never let me down, despite daily use for over a decade. In my thirty years of studio playing, I have used every compressor you could think of. This one is what big boys use for guitar. If you want supreme quality, super low noise, zero coloration with sensitive yet easy control, Carl Martin makes the best compressor for electric guitar.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Sorry, just not $220 worth

                Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                I am sure some would disagree, but I did not like this pedal. After 2 hours of trying to find the "sweet spot" I realized...it doesn't have one! I returned it. I have owned and used other Martin pedals and really liked them! This one let me down. Tonally dead, not to mention it picked up a radio station when engaged.

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