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Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal  

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Specially developed to incorporate the same features and sonic clarity found in high-quality professional studio compressors. To achieve this Carl Martin incorporates a variable threshold, compression... Click To Read More About This Product

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Specially developed to incorporate the same features and sonic clarity found in high-quality professional studio compressors. To achieve this Carl Martin incorporates a variable threshold, compression ratio, and attack/release controls and of course, a gain level.

General Guidelines on the use of the Compressor/Limiter:

Threshold: Working anti clockwise, determines how much of the signal will be compressed. This is also dependent on how much signal is fed from the instrument.

Comp: Working clockwise, determines how much compression is applied to the signal allowed by the threshold setting.

Resp: Working clockwise, determines the attack/release times, going from slow to fast. In general, if you want to hear the compressor working with a crisp attack you should use slow times. If you require silent limiting, you should use fast times.

Gain: Working clockwise, sets the overall gain.

Busy: Indicates the amount of compression being applied, even in bypass mode. The brighter it gets, the more compression is being applied.

Ruggedly built by hand in Denmark.

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Carl MartinCompressor/Limiter Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best in any class!

The Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter is far and away the best in it's class and in fact outperforms quite a large number of the rack-mount "studio-quality" rigs. I have a few rack-mount...Read complete review

The Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter is far and away the best in it's class and in fact outperforms quite a large number of the rack-mount "studio-quality" rigs. I have a few rack-mount compressors and this kills them for all but vocals. I've tried the usual kick suspects (Boss, Digitech, etc) and the versatility of this box leaves 'em all behind (the construction alone does that). The construction is bombproof, the power supply is built in (attn:,um, all other pedal pushers on the market!!). I run a Mesa Dual Rectifier (filth) and a Fender Blues Deluxe (clean, and punchy slide)(+ a few other effects on a Furman board with a PRS Custom 24, some Fender Strats and Tele's, and ESP Baritone (ooof, particularly punishing with the Baritone!). Put this at the front of your chain (Whammy excluded) and you won't get better attack/response for the money. Worth every penny, period. No I don't work for the company...I just wish I did.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too fragile

The Carl Martin Compressor Limiter sounds great (very clear) and compresses like it should. I am used to using studio compressors and this one is exceptionally clear for a stomp box.However, I dropped...Read complete review

The Carl Martin Compressor Limiter sounds great (very clear) and compresses like it should. I am used to using studio compressors and this one is exceptionally clear for a stomp box.However, I dropped it from 3 feet onto a carpet and it broke. When I opened it up, I found that the pots were directly attached to the PCB board! This is an engineering no-no; they should be decoupled so impacts to the PCB are minimized. A BOSS pedal wouldn't break, so I don't see why this one should when it is 3x the price.I sent it back to the company, but the said user error and I had to pay another $150 to have it fixed. Since then, I've only used it at home. I wouldn't use it live.

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5.0

Studio Grade Compression For The Gigging Musician

By Larz

from Minneapolis

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

      Follows Whammy in my signal chain into Diezel and Friedman half stacks, all lava van de hul cabling. Custom Shop PRSs, LPs, and Strats. The only compressor model I have purchased twice. Truly I have tried all of the greats, and modders of the greats - this compressor outmatched them all; it is amazing in its ability to moderate virtually any level of compression desired without adding noise, over or inconsistent limiting, and most importantly to me, does not require resetting between humbuckers and single coils. Many other pedal board-style compressors I have tried always colored my sound, this one does not whatsoever. Carl Martin products are outstanding, and are not excluded (like 200 other vendors) from coupon usage. This is a no brainer. No, I am not an employee either.

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't waste your time!

      By A NEW BONAMASSA FAN!!!

      from San Diego

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Responsive
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

        I LOVE the sound of a great guitar compressors/limiter. I decided on the Carl Martin, after reading it was probably the "Best" out there. After purchasing it (for better than twice the price of a BOSS) and adding it to my pedal board, the Carl Martin doesn't even begin to compare with the MXR Compressor I already have (Which is even better-surprisingly-than the my BOSS). The Carl Martin Compressor Limiter IS HIGHLY OVER RATED! Do not waste your money!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Top Notch Compressor

        By ms

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

          Everything from peak limiting to fully squashed, this compressor does it all flawlessly. I would recommend downloading the manual from Carl Martin and spend time becoming familiar with it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome product

          By Keefer

          from Cleveland, Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

            I love this unit. I now have two of them. One for live gigs that I've been using for years and the other for my studio. I've tried other compressors different brands and this one is the best to my ears. Adds great sustain to lead guitar when used with my Tube Screemer. I keep it on all the time. Excellent for rhythm guitar. I really can't say enough about how awesome this product is. Carl Martin Compressor Limiter Pedal is a well built top quality product.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Does what it is supposed to - VERY WELL!

            By moi

            from NM

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • No Battery To Deal With
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Instructions Not Included

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

            It took me awhile to figure out how to use this.
            No instructions included....had to go on line to website
            for explanation of controls.
            Very interactive.
            Relatively quiet, depending how you set it.
            Sometimes I use it a boost/limiter for solos which
            means I no longer blow out the ears of the audience during those
            over the top moments.
            It does effect tone but EXTREMELY minimal...again depending on how you set it, especially if you totally squash the notes....
            otherwise very transparent.
            I like it A LOT - despite the high price.

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Used by the pros

            By MrBlues

            from Denmark

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                Go to Youtube and search for gear review of Joe Bonamassa or Gary Moore. They have it on their pedal boards - that's all you need to know.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best stompbox compressor I've ever used.

                By Meowser

                from Brooklyn

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Tone Build Versatility

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                    The Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter is just the greatest. It's the least noisy, best-sounding compressor I've encountered. I've used many; Boss CS2 and CS3, Barber Tone Press, T.C. Electronic Sustain & Para EQ, Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone, Maxon CS-101, and the Carl Martin. It's not even a close call for any of these models.

                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Carl Martin Compressor: Yes

                    By Nate!

                    from Ashburn, VA

                    Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                    I was trying out different compressors at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, and came across the Carl Martin. It is a beautiful sounding compressor. Lots of squish and sustain. I plan on buying as soon as I get the money.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    solid and smoth

                    By Michael

                    from Carrollton, TX

                    Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                    The unit itself is the build like a rock, smooth and consistent in its compression, and a pleasure to work with. It's one of the few compressors that doesn't sound like it's pumping or apply tone. The true bypass it great and the fact that it uses true 110AC instead of a wall wart power supply, to me, is a plus.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Top Notch !!!

                    By CWhasp

                    from Illinois

                    Comments about Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal:

                    This is the first compressor Ive owned. I never liked NoiseGates or compressors much. I was wanting to attain a level signal to my effects (boxes). I read up on compressors and investigated many different reviews, specs, and opinions, which led me to the CM Limiter. I had never heard of this company before. I took a chance and spent the extra bucks and purchased the CM Limiter and was disappointed at first. But I didnt know what I had, or what to do with it. Alot more reading on the internet and before ya know it the CM Limiter was kick'n !!! I was uninformed about the nature of a compressor, and was unable to take advantage of both the quality and easiness of operation of the CM Limiter. Its awesome, and now I cant play without it! Ive never had a problem with it(yet), and as far as I can tell, its built well enough for the road. I would recommend this unit to any giging guitarists.

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