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DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal  

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    Sweet, smooth, full, and strrretched sustain.

    The DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal harnesses cutting-edge dbx OverEasy technology and quality electronics to deliver smooth sustain and release characteristics. The result is near-transparent compression for long, tube-like sustain that doesn't break up at the end of the note. Level, Attack, EQ, and Sustain controls on the Main Squeeze pedal let you precisely tailor the length of your note and tenor of your tone. Instrument and tuner outs. DigiTech includes a 9V battery with your XMS Main Squeeze pedal.

    Features

    • dbx OverEasy technology
    • Level, Attack, EQ, and Sustain controls

    You can do so much more with solid, lengthy sustain. Put this thing in the cart and become a whole new guitar player.

     
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    DigiTechXMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Main Squeeze

    I have had this pedal for a few years now. The sample settings in the booklet are a little excessive for my taste. I think a lot of people may be turned off by...Read complete review

    I have had this pedal for a few years now. The sample settings in the booklet are a little excessive for my taste. I think a lot of people may be turned off by the heavy compression sounds that this thing is capable of, but it is possible to turn the parameters down. The wide range of the parameters, along with the ability to moderate them, makes this a great pedal to have for many different reasons. For good compression of picking dynamics, I just resort to more subtle versions of the ones listed in the DigiTech booklet. For more freaky sounds, I crank up the "sustain" and run it after a metal-type of distortion. It makes each held-out note gradually fade into static. Sometimes, I use this pedal as a booster, so I get a clean volume jump to push my tube amp, and on top I can add bits of volume dynamics.

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    There are better options

    I got this pedal for free when I bought a guitar. Tried it out for a bit in my board but ultimately got rid of it. It's not that bad, but just not...Read complete review

    I got this pedal for free when I bought a guitar. Tried it out for a bit in my board but ultimately got rid of it. It's not that bad, but just not that great either. Adds a noticeable but manageable amount of noise to your signal, especially when you turn that sustain up above halfway. Tried recording with it and the buzz was just too much. It also sucked a lot of tone out of my signal, and seemed like I couldn't ever dial in the right setting to get more tone but still have worthwhile compression. Even with the EQ knob. It affected my signal a ton of different ways as I switched drive channels, added effects, etc. My volume was never consistent enough. I just got an Akai custom compressor from a Stupid Deal of the Day on a whim, and the results are night and day. Everything I complained about above was gone. I would spend a little more money and get something else.

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    3.0

    There are better options

    By someguy

    from Cleveland

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    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I got this pedal for free when I bought a guitar. Tried it out for a bit in my board but ultimately got rid of it. It's not that bad, but just not that great either. Adds a noticeable but manageable amount of noise to your signal, especially when you turn that sustain up above halfway. Tried recording with it and the buzz was just too much. It also sucked a lot of tone out of my signal, and seemed like I couldn't ever dial in the right setting to get more tone but still have worthwhile compression. Even with the EQ knob. It affected my signal a ton of different ways as I switched drive channels, added effects, etc. My volume was never consistent enough. I just got an Akai custom compressor from a Stupid Deal of the Day on a whim, and the results are night and day. Everything I complained about above was gone. I would spend a little more money and get something else.

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    5.0

    Best for clean sustain.

    By GearJunky

    from Fort Mohave, AZ

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    Pros

    • Easy To Adjust

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Clean Settings

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I have stayed clear of using pedals for most of my playing carrier (over 40 years), but after installing a Fernandes FSK-101 Sustainer kit and getting the same results as most other guys: Too much sustain on adjacent strings which makes the whole experience a joke, I decided to go ahead and try this compressor out and am very happy with the results. I play mostly clean (jazz, blues, rock) and this unit gives me at least twice the sustain as I would normally get without any pedals.

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    5.0

    Best sustain with clean

    By GearJunky

    from Fort Mohave, AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Good Sustain

    Cons

    • Need Noise Suppressor

    Best Uses

    • Playing Clean

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I have stayed clear of using pedals for most of my playing carrier (over 40 years), but after installing a Fernandes FSK-101 Sustainer kit and getting the same results as most other guys: Too much sustain on adjacent strings which makes the whole experience a joke, I decided to go ahead and try this compressor out and am very happy with the results. I play mostly clean (jazz, blues, rock) and this unit gives me at least twice the sustain as I would normally get without any pedals.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Need that Expert New Country Guitar Sound

    By David Morton

    from Blue Springs, MO

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I bought this after reading the reviews on it. For the price, it does what it say! The first time I used it my bandmates all commented on how big it made my guitar sound. I have to agree - it's an awesome device for a small budget. I would highly recommend it.
    This device has everything it says it has.
    Does the job.
    Super value for such a device!

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pedal

    By Trevor Black

    from indiana

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    This is my first compressor pedal and I've found it's quite a valuable tool on my pedal board. It really tightens up the signal when i play with distortion and lets me ring out notes evenly and smoothly. I like it most when I'm playing clean. I have a nasty picking habbit - I have a problem consistantly picking with the same force so the volume jumps up and down alot. It's especially noticeable when playing clean. The compressor evens out my input signal so if I accidentally pick a note harder than the rest it still comes out of the amp sounding smooth and consistant. And like all Digitech pedals it has a rugged casing and sensitive knobs that you can tweak for hours getting different sounds. Great buy!

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works Great But....

    By Hackett805

    from Ventura, CA

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I loved my when I had it, but my only complaint was that the small piece of rubber that links up with the trigger broke off after only ten weeks or so of use. I'm going to have to purchase a new one.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Main Squeeze

    By Dr. VK

    from North Las Vegas, NV

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I have had this pedal for a few years now. The sample settings in the booklet are a little excessive for my taste. I think a lot of people may be turned off by the heavy compression sounds that this thing is capable of, but it is possible to turn the parameters down. The wide range of the parameters, along with the ability to moderate them, makes this a great pedal to have for many different reasons. For good compression of picking dynamics, I just resort to more subtle versions of the ones listed in the DigiTech booklet. For more freaky sounds, I crank up the "sustain" and run it after a metal-type of distortion. It makes each held-out note gradually fade into static. Sometimes, I use this pedal as a booster, so I get a clean volume jump to push my tube amp, and on top I can add bits of volume dynamics.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works on stage.

    By tlink211

    from NW, Pennsylvania

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I'm a 70's rocker playing country now. You know the guy in the sneakers with the Les Paul who stays out of the way for two sets then rocks out for the last two.I almost took this pedal back 'cause its not much with just guitar alone and it spit out a new Duracell coppertop in three days of casual use...gotta use a 9v adapter with this one. Anyway, I'm plugged into a Roland Cube 60, with one 12" extension speaker, and I need something to help with the clean sound, to control dynamics and add sustain. The MainSqueeze helped me find my place in the mix and gave me the sustain I was looking for. Especially helpful for the clean sound I need during the first two sets but I left it on all night. I use the "Classic Stack" setting on the Roland for distortion. I tweaked the settings on the MainSqueeze as I went.I didn't have any noise issues. It seems to have a kind of noise gate built in. Dead silent just sitting there, then you brush the strings and you hear some noise and hiss. Wasn't an issue with me but I don't play that loud or use extreme distortion.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    yeah

    By the boy with a guitar

    from Best place to be Georgia

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    To me this pedal worked fine. I gave a seven for quality because it gave a lot a feedback when I used it with distortion. Then I got a noise suppressor and used it with the distortion and it worked perfectly. This pedal rocks but I suggest getting a nooise suppressor with it.

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    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    it's ok

    By Chris-B1Zry

    from Bow, NH

    Comments about DigiTech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Pedal:

    I had this pedal for a little while, used it at several gigs before I got rid of it. It says it has dbx compression, which my band also uses along with our PA. To be completely honest, it's not worth the money. You can hardly notice any difference with this pedal, even at the most extreme settings. First off, it does add a little spice to your clean and does sustain notes well. Never ever use this pedal when you are kicked into overdrive, it makes your sound weaker and doesnt do much to improve anything for that matter.

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