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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (27)
  • Excellent sound quality (23)
  • Responsive (18)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome pedal!

By walkindude13

from Grand Junction, Colorado

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Great pedal from a great company! I really like the small footprint but, more importantly, I love the sound of this thing! Great clarity and "squash"! I saw that several reviewers complained about the noise, but I haven't had that problem with my pedal at all! Great pedal!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pleased with sound and performance

    By just a player

    from Nehalem OR

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    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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

        (1 of 3 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!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice!

          By Scooter

          from Olean NY

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great sounding and easy to use

            By Jared Bubba Babineaux

            from New Iberia, LA

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            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!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By PRS24

                  from Northwest Florida

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                  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.

                    (2 of 2 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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