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Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal

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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
  • 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 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (28)
  • Excellent sound quality (24)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Good selection of effects (7)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), 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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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic.

By Andrew

from Boston

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is the best pedal compressor I have ever heard. I did a side by side with the MXR Dyna Comp and this absolutely blew it away. If you want to sound like the 70's, go with the MXR, but the SP is simply the better compressor. Technology has come quite a way in the last 40 years. I'll choose the pedal that does the job better over the time capsule every day.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Average Compressor

      By StantheMan

      from Midwest

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • Can Be Noisy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        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.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of the best

        By RRomani

        from Piracicaba, SP, Brazil

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Xotic Effects SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

            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.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Excellent Quality - But horrible pop!

            By Bill V

            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.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is it!

            By Twangbanger

            from Nashville

            About Me Professional Musician

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            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!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great little compressor

            By dsnyder35

            from st. petersburg florida

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            See all my reviews

            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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent

              By C E Flint

              from Mississippi Delta - Home of the Blues

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              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.

              (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.

                (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.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    I don' t like it

                    By Chileanbacker

                    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

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great little pedal

                      By rom661

                      from Kansas City

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                      See all my reviews

                      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.

                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Good but noisy

                      By Dave

                      from Tecas Guld Coast

                      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.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Versatile

                      By Left Hand Pete

                      from Chicago

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                      Verified Buyer

                      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.

                          (2 of 2 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.

                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            FANTASTIC!

                            By Porkchop

                            from Nationwide

                            About Me Experienced

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                            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:

                              I love this pedal. No noise/true bypass circuitry. Beautiful simplicity. Small footprint for my pedal board. Rugged casing should be able to take a beating. I waited about two months for this pedal and, it was worth the wait. Made in the U.S.A. by fellow Americans. The price is awesome compared to other compressors.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Awesome pedal!

                              By walkindude13

                              from Grand Junction, Colorado

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                              See all my reviews

                              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!

                                (1 of 2 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!

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