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Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal   

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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (26)
  • Excellent sound quality (22)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (11)

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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4.0

Pleased with sound and performance

By A guy

from Nehalem, OR

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • makes a "pop" when switched on and off

Best Uses

    Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I am pleased overall with this pedal - I find the sound quality excellent and the options for blend and effect level to be comprehensive. My only complaint is that the pedal makes a "pop" when switched on and off.
    I contacted Xotic by email to ask about this, and got a prompt phone call in response. The tech I spoke with suggested it could be due to disagreement with a preamp tube in my amp (83 Fender Super Champ). He gave several more solutions as well. I haven't taken steps to remedy the "pop", but I've decided this is not a deal-breaker for me, given that I will keep the pedal on most of the time, and I like the sound, controls, and compact size of the pedal.

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    5.0

    Best compressor ever! Buy it!

    By James

    from Azle tx

    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:

      Live

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't buy it!!

      By Chileanbacker

      from Chile

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Buy the 2 knobs keeley. I have no idea why people highly recomend this pedal. I try 2 of this for about a year and I end sold those both pedals.Horrible noise!!... Please save your money, you can take better sounds with the inexpensive mxr dynacomp. Or buy a Keeley compressor (2 knobs) . Cheers!

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        5.0

        Very nice!

        By Scooter

        from Olean NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I use this with the blend almost off and I get the tone that I was looking for with my tele. Easy to use and defiantly improves the tone and over all sound.

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          5.0

          Great sounding and easy to use

          By Jared Bubba Babineaux

          from New Iberia, LA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I use this pedal with electric and acoustic guitars. I love the dry blend feature. Great pedal!

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            5.0

            Great compressor with excellent sound quality

            By Peter

            from Shorewood, WI

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Great compressor with excellent sound quality and workmanship. Initially I thought It is a bit pricy, but it is worth every penny.

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              5.0

              Amazing!

              By Mikey Big Pants

              from NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

                The reviews of this pedal were a little confusing, everyone liked it but I could not figure out exactly why. Having it on my pedalboard I now understand. I used an A/B comparison to ascertain the value of this pedal (pedal on vs. pedal off). The pedal, when dialed in correctly does not change my sound, it enhances it. With my OCD overdrive pedal into my Deluxe Reverb my sound is much more harmonically rich. Sounds new-agey, but it is not. My clean sound also benefits because it is more dynamically responsive and polished with the SP Compressor. Reviews, even positive ones do not do this pedal justice. The best way to evaluate the SP is to plug it into your pedal chain and let 'er rip. I used a Les Paul for this evaluation.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By PRS24

                from Northwest Florida

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent comp

                  By Joe Mc

                  from Syracuse

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  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

                      By Chileanbacker

                      from Santiago Chile

                      About Me Experienced

                      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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