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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

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 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (24)
  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), 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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1.0

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

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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

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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.

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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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    5.0

                    Awesome Compressor

                    By Beachbum

                    from Kill Devil Hills, NC

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    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 3 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.

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