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Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The new Xotic SP Compressor offers the same OTA (operational transconductance amplifier) technology used in what many guitar players consider the bes...Read More

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A simple and versatile compressor good enough for the likes of Steve Lukather, Oz Noy, Michael Thompson and more.

The new Xotic SP Compressor offers the same OTA (operational transconductance amplifier) technology used in what many guitar players consider the best compressor ever, the Ross Compressor. The SP Compressor has superb tone quality featuring a wide variety of compressor tones from vintage to subtle to modern and more. It's super flexible and features a dry blend knob, up to +15dB of boost and an internal dip switch for attack control. This compact design is a powerful tool for working musicians. True bypass for eliminating any signal interference when switched off. Can be used with AC adaptor (optional) or 9V Battery.


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SPECIFICATIONS

SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Dimensions (W/H/D): 3.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" (89mm X 38mm X 38mm)
  • Weight: 0.57 lb. (260g)
  • True Bypass Switching
  • Power Consumption: 9VDC/5mA
  • Battery Type: 9VDC (006P) x 1
  • AC Adapter (Optional): 9VDC, Negative Tips (Regulated)
  • Input Impedance: 1M ohm
  • Output Impedance: 10k ohm
  • Nominal Input signal level: -20dB (100mVrms)
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Xotic EffectsSP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (7)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    One of the best

    Not the cheapest compressor pedal, but very good for its price.

    There are other good compressor out there, but for those who doesn't like a lot of controls and knobs to...Read complete review

    Not the cheapest compressor pedal, but very good for its price.

    There are other good compressor out there, but for those who doesn't like a lot of controls and knobs to tweak the sound, this is the best option.

    There are dip switchs inside to make it more versatile, but since the controls are internal, this is more apropriated for those who likes the "set and forget" kind of pedal.

    The best feature is the blend knob, so you can avoid the over compressed attack blending it with the clean guitar signal. You can go from a Dynacomp squashed sound to a more subtle compression with just one knob. The compact size is also a plus.

    The controls are Volume and Dry/Effect Blend Knobs and a switch with three levels of compression/sustain (lo, hi, mid). Plus, 4 internal dip switchs to control the Attack/Release time, High Cut Filter and Input Pad/Low Cut Filter.

    In general:

    Well built, easy to use, versatile, sounds great, low noise (for a compressor pedal).

    Not recomended for who likes to tweak and change the sound all the time, since some controls are internal.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Average Compressor

    I bought this pedal and had to return it due to the high levels of noise in the mid and high compression settings. The compressor works just as a Ross type compression should. The...Read complete review

    I bought this pedal and had to return it due to the high levels of noise in the mid and high compression settings. The compressor works just as a Ross type compression should. The blend knob is a nice feature, although there are other compressors out there that offer blend.

    If you just using the low setting, the noise isn't an issue. At the highest level, the noise is overbearing and for me it is unuseable. The medium setting is fine if the blend is dialed back. However, I bought this compressor to use it fully and it did not deliver for me.

    On a positive note, I do like the layout and design of this compact pedal.

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    5.0

    Best stompbox compressor

    By Domesound

    from Hungary

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The best and most versatile stompbox compressor in its pricerange.

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      3.0

      Good but noisy

      By Plank Spanker

      from Houston TX

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I like to use a Compressor set kind of high to add punch , sustain and compression. When I have this pedal set to where it does what I need it to do , it is very noisy.

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      5.0

      The Best

      By Guitarzan

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I will start off by saying that the standard-issue MXR Dyna Comp is still my sentimental favorite, but this is the best-sounding compressor that I have ever used. It is supposed to closely resemble the classic Ross compressor, sound wise, but having never played an actual Ross, I can't comment on that.

          However, this thing is awesome. I can't imagine anyone not being able to find their sound with this compressor, if compression is what you're looking for. You can go from subtle to super-duper-squashed, and everything in between. They even put an internal switch in that allows you to tweak it to be more humbucker-friendly. The only thing I have messed with is the little toggle switch on the outside. The Lo setting is nice and subtle....great for rhythm work. The Medium setting gets that great country-approved squish, without killing your tone. The Hi setting is great....think MXR Dyna Comp, maxed out, times two! Some may think that would be too much, but it does have it's applications. It would be great for funk-inspired chording or lightning-speed country runs, ala Brad Paisely or Albert Lee.

          You can't go wrong with this one. If you want total transparency, get a Wampler, Maxon, or Diamond. If you want to keep it simple, get the MXR....it is a quality pedal, and fun to play with. However, if you like to experiment, like me, this is your ticket.

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          5.0

          Great compressor

          By BW

          from Virginia

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              For a small compressor this unit houses as many features as any. Input pad/hi-cut filter/attack release time functions can be operated thru the internal DIP switches for infinite control, although the default setting is to my liking.
              The exterior blend control is what really it's all about, allowing sustain and comp to shine without totally squashing pick attack and nuance.
              Typical comp noise if used at the most aggressive settings and extreme settings are maybe best left to folks running noise gates but that's 100% expected. Running low to moderate compression and blended in it provides great sustain and fulls out the sound clean or dirty and with minimal noise.

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Brucie

              from Durban, South Africa

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Does What It Says On The
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I work in a duo with backing tracks, and wanted a compressor to make the live guitar "sit" better with the tracks. I tried a setting that I liked at home, took it to the gig- expecting to have it on for only certain songs- but it never went off. It almost seems to make playing easier (I've never used a compressor before- I hate that squashed sound). Love it, even though living in South Africa made it very expensive.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is it!

                By Twangbanger

                from Nashville

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Any Level Musician
                • Live And Studio

                Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I have several of these for the touring board, the fly board, and the studio board. They can shape tone, be an effect, be transparent, limit, compress - very versatile units. 3-way toggle settings are very good but the added internal adjustment allows users to really dial it in. There's a lot of power in those little boxes. Highly recommended!

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                5.0

                great little compressor

                By dsnyder35

                from st. petersburg florida

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  great little ross style compressor. I mostly use it with my ep boost and a carbon copy or memory man to get smooth and deep delay tones. great for my rhythm playing. slightly noisy on higher setting but all comp's are. I would recommend this to anyone due to build quality alone. sounds great.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Versatile

                  By Pete A.

                  from Illinois

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Really easy to dial in any sound you may need. I don't need a totally "squashed" Nashville type of sound but I do use it for beefing up a clean tone or for making my higher overdrive sounds just soar. Well built, and despite the small footprint, really thoughtfully laid out.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By C E Flint

                      from Mississippi Delta - Home of the Blues

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Great Tone

                      Cons

                      • Inside Switches

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I've tried many compressors going back to the old 70's DynaComp. I don't need a lot of compression, just something clean that can add a bit of sustain. Run first in my chain, this pedal does it better than any I've seen. I thought the 3 position compression would not be as versatile as a knob with many positions, but the blend knob more than makes up for that. Great sounding compressor, little or no noise, compact, and great build quality. Only complaint is the internal DIP switches. Would rather see those adjustments on the outside, but with a compact pedal, probably not possible.

                      I can't see ever needing another compressor.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love it

                      By Bruce Allen

                      from Delaware

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I'm wasn't a big fan of traditional compressors for electric guitar because they always seemed to squash my sound too much and took away from the dynamics of my style. The blend knob on the SP compressor, however, lets you dial in just the right amount of dry signal so you can get all the benefits of subtle compression without compromising your sound. Of course, if you like a squashed sound it does a great job at that also. I'm a big fan of Xotic and all of their pedals are built like tanks and occupy a very small footprint on your pedalboard. Internal DIP switches let you tailor the sound even more if i.e. you are using high output humbucker pickups. The SP Compressor was just what I needed to put the final finish on my tone and I highly recommend this product.

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