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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
 
4.5

(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.

      (6 of 7 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

        Ask me a question

        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

            See all my reviews

            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

            About Me Experienced

            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

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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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                    See all my reviews

                    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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