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Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal   

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OVERVIEW

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.

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


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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
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (20)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

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

I would buy this product again

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from Northwest Florida

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I use this product "before" the distortion pedal and the result is a nice even blend of great tone quality.

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    5.0

    Excellent comp

    By 

    from Syracuse

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Certainly one of the best compressors available with a remarkably small footprint. It's tiny, but built well. Whether you want to squash the signal, or add sustain, the SP is easy enough to tweak on the fly, and offers versatility. Awesome pedal – worth the money.

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        1.0

        I don' t like it

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        from Santiago Chile

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        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Transparent warm but hell noisy!!... I will sell it... I really hate this pedal... Go for the Keeley, or The Barber tone press, Wampler... But not for this....
          Cheers

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          5.0

          Awesome Compressor

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          from Kill Devil Hills, NC

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Musical compression, very smooth and wide range of effect and the mix control is the bomb.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Excellent Quality - But horrible pop!

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            from Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Quiet
            • Sturdy Construction

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Live performance
            • Performances

            Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I purchased the Xotic SP to front-end my Avid Eleven Rack. While it's build quality and overall compressor performance are impressively excellent, the unit emits a loud POP! every time the compressor clamps down (typically when playing a first note or chord). I worked with the compressor for several days, trying all combinations of settings, including the internal DIP switches. All to no avail. The pop may not be an issue for someone using a standard amp with a crunch setting, but when using it for clean sounds with lots of hi-end EQ, delay and reverb, the pops are extremely annoying. I sent the unit back in exchange for a Wampler Ego and am achieving much better results.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great little pedal

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            from Kansas City

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Doesn't Do Extreme

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I actually bought a second of these for my "grab and go" setup. I fought compressors for years. Have owned some of the most highly regarded ones. Won't name brands but definitely expensive boutique. I'm sure they are great at what most want, but I don't want chicken' pickin', heavy compression. I want to even out my tone, slightly thicken and add sustain. This is perfect and I got the results I wanted immediately. If you want compression but don't like compressors (?) this might be the one for you.

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            5.0

            Best stompbox compressor

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            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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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good but noisy

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              from Houston TX

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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

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              from Ohio

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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:

                  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

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                  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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