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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 best compressor ever, the Ross Compressor. The SP Comp... Read More

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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 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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  • 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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XoticSP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)

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5.0

Excellent

By Jdawgg7

from Marysville CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • good value
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I don't like very much compression at all. I have an mxr and a boss that I don't really care for because they both squish the heck out of your tone. That sound is probably actually great for some people. If you like that rubbery chicken pickin clicky stretchy string sound. But I like Barely any compression. A pedal I can leave on that Just kind of warms up and slightly evens out my tone. I have a Wampler That does that very very well. But I was looking for something new for a different pedal board. I read some reviews and blogs. This one was on my list for a while. It's very close to the wampler ego in the fact that you can achieve mild compression. But It sounds pretty good even when You turn up the compression a bit. It has some dip switches inside, but 90% of everyone I read about leave them at their stock setting. I opened It up just to see, and I like it way better where they come set at too. I'm having trouble deciding which comp to leave on the main board now.

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      5.0

      great pedal

      By Alex

      from phx

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

        for being as small as it is it produces giant tones from vintage to subtle hi,med and low attack. very versitle definitly stays on the board.

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        5.0

        "SP" Must Stand For "Super-Punchy"

        By Cenulab

        from Central MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          A great "sweetener" on lower compression settings, surprisingly quiet on more extreme settings. Very versatile between the powerful top-mounted controls and the internal switches.

          I have my internals set as from the factory, except with the "bright" switch engaged. I leave it on all the time with the compression switch set on "low", mix at about 60%, output at just above unity, first pedal in my chain. When I go to play some slide, I flip the switch to "medium" for a slight boost.

          I did quite a bit of experimenting before settling on the above parameters, and honestly, no matter what I did, I couldn't make this thing sound bad! You can make it squish a lot more than what I use it for if that's what you want, or dial it back even further for more of a clean boost effect.

          A really great compression pedal, in my opinion. Very glad I bought it.

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          5.0

          The Absolute best

          By Lui Sutil

          from San Diego

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I've used most big name compressors out there... Diamond, keeley, wampler, strymon, mxr... And most rescently I also bought the TC Electronic Hypergravity... The last one being a huge dissapointment, as it promised the best dynamics control ever and being able to compress the high, mids and low frequencies separately would be a huge plus... Although feature packed, it does not beat the Xotic SP compressor in terms of sound quality and just good compression overall... If you want that singing sustain, that doesn't color your tone and has the lowest noise to compression ratio the SP is the best compressor I have ever used... What the TC lacks is that sweet analog feel that most good compressors have... That they actually help you to get the best sound out of your guitar... Hypergravity might even out your playing but it does not make it sound so good as Xotic SP. as a matter of fact, no other comoressor sounds as good has the elegant snall footprint with only two knobs! But trust that the blend knob is the most important knob you will ever need... Select the level of compression from lo mid and high... Then blend in the signal.... You can go from subtle strumming to absolute percussive attack on single notes.... I thought TC's technology or Strymons would dethrone this compressor but I will never take this compressor off my board... I did it once to make room for the TC hypergravity, but will never do it again because this is a little gem that makes any note sing and strumming sound perfect... Thank you Xotic!!! I never thought I would fall in love with a conpressor before

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          5.0

          Simply, Amazing!

          By Pedrito Bandito

          from Chesapeake, Va.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Gig Worthy
          • Transparent Boost
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Dip Adj Inside
          • Not For High Gain Amps

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Truly a very tweak able pedal. I A-B'd with my Ross and MXR, SP has better transparency than both. The DIP-4 switch allow you to Pad the signal when using active EMG's or placing it after the Wah pedal. Just like a rack unit does. The magic is in the blend knob, set at 10 O'clock, volume at 12-1, will pass enough dry signal to push the back end of the amp for those wonderful singing note blooms. Wow! I keep it on all the time when playing Jazz, Blues or Classic Rock. Now, for Heavy Metal it's Off. The noise floor is beyond any noise gate/clamp pedal. For that matter, any high gain application, might be able to use it in the FX loop as a solo boost with the blend 100% ccw- compression (OFF). Excellent tool for your pedal arsenal.

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          4.0

          Not a High Gain Comp

          By amir

          from odenton md

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Great pedal, I can't say that enough. Runs REALLY well with a delay pedal, brings out harmonics, doesn't color your tone TOO much. However, it spikes the treble side of things a bit. This is fine for the most part because it makes for clear compressed sound. Considering most comp just dampen and muddy up your tone too much, I thought this pedal was even sent. However, if you are a part of the recent prog metal movement of gear snobs that run a dist pedal in front of your od channel, then this isn't your pedal. I have a OCD in front of my H&K tubemeister and when I have this pedal in the chain then I get some serious noise and hissing. Noise suppressor wont help too much cause the noise bleeds onto your play as well. All that said, still a great pedal just not for the one sound I was going for.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Compressor Pedals Enter A New Age!

          By David A

          from Seattle, WA

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The Xotic SP Compressor is without a doubt a 5 Star product! For many years I used a 1953 Gibson ES 175 or 1966 Telecaster plugged into a MXR Dyna Comp and grew to appreciate the warm squash this device had to offer as I lost the taste for most all distortion devices on the market. The Dyna Comp was a simple two knob device that squeezed my signal rather nicely to which I still have 3 of them floating about the house. I also have the more expanded version, MXR Limiter dating from the early 80s that also does a nice job modifying my signal. The only initial down side to the Dyna Comp was a little bit of noise. However the real down side to the old Dyna Comp was sometime in the early 90s, after Dunlop acquired ownership of the MXR Product, decided to reduce the cost of production by having all the jacks, pots, and switch connected directly to the PC Board via solder bath. Not only did this process of assembly affect the durability of this classic old compressor, it also compromised the tone and performance of a one great pedal. The vintage Dyna Comps wired point to point are far superior product. If you have one, keep it! In the wake of the cheapening of the Dyna Comp came the Keeley Compressor. I bought a Keeler Compressor somewhere around 10 years ago a noticed an improvement in performance over my old Dyna Comps with less noise. And with going into great detail, every guitar, from my old 1951 L5 to any of my old Fender sound great through this compressor. So now a new and somewhat revolutionary compressor has hit in the market by way of the Xotic SP. These guys are making some of the best pedals that I?ve run across in years. By the time I got my SP I was already the proud owner of an EP Booster and SL Drive. To later I have to say it is the only distortion that has come out in the last 30 years with a decent sounding tone that does not narrow the bandwidth of your signal path. Not to mention these pedals just happen to be the cutest looking signal devices on the market. What really makes the SP Compressor outstanding is the 3 position Hi/Mid/Low switch. The versatility to this pedal via of this switch is just amazing. In the Hi mode I can match the performance of my Keeley and Dyna Comp compressors for Jazz applications. However, I have taken using the Mid position for a great Blues/Rock tone. In this position the pedal allows me to play over the top of the compressor for soaring highs. This works in great combination with my 1960 Telecaster with Barden pickups. Anyway, I highly recommend the Xotic SP Compressor with its advantage in versatility over other compressors on the market. And here?s the bonus, this pedal is priced about $100 less than the Keeley. My hat?s off to you folks at Xotic for manufacturing a fantastic compressor at an affordable price that will thousands of guitar players sound better and better. Now if you can reinvent the Sola Sound Tone Bender in one of these small bud boxes, that would be fantastic!

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Small, Rock solid, sweat sounding and versatile Compressor!

          By Joel Feldman

          from Jerusalem

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Out of the box, this Xotic pedal size is quite small, but still heavy (260g), rock solid and very well built. A comp level toggle switch and 2 big knobs (plus 4 internal dip-switches) are very versatile and offers great sounds from each and every configuration. The pedal sound is just great. Dead quiet (if set right in the pedal chain) and offers a very sweet sound. I like my settings with a very subtle compressor, but even when you push it to the maximum option - this pedal offers sweat compressed sound, which is not too much squashy and feels pretty musical to my ears. Every knob tweak will put your sound in a all new place, making this easy-to-use compressor a very diverse pedal. One of the top features is the clean boost. Set the volume knob just a bit above the amp's volume, and the pedal just makes the amp worm and clean, pushed to the right place. I just can't turn it off. The value for money is just by far without any competition at this range. I highly recommend this pedal.

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          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          THE BEST!!! It deserves 6 Stars!!

          By Scott Vernon

          from Riesterstown MD

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          If you are thinking of buying a compressor, or, your like myself and have not had the best experience with them in the past, LOOK NO FURTHER!! As one musician to another, if your thinking of spending 99 bucks on other brands, do yourself a favor and save 40 more dollars and buy this thing, it is a truly amazing compressor. (lots of options) I run it through my effects loop as a solo boost, with the EP booster in the pre amp section of my amp, and swinggggg its fantastic!!! Thanks Xotic, you've done it again!!!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Xotic Effects SP Compressor

          By Roger Morton

          from st Petersburg,FL

          Comments about Xotic SP Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Having used many compressors through the years I am really impressed with the Xotic SP. It is very quite and can be transparent or add a pump depending on how it is set. There is a high/medium/low value switch with controls for volume and blend. Inside there are 4 mini 'dip switches'. Although it sounds great as set from the factory these dip switches can really focus how the compressor works to suit your taste/need for the moment. They are something you HAVE to play with or you'll miss out on a great feature. I set the volume and blend controls to unity at 12:00 and then started on the suggested settings with the dip switches and used the low/medium/high switch until I found MY most useful setting. The level switch up top really gives variety to how the unit works and each level is useful. Once you have the dip switches set button up the bottom and start using the highly interactive volume/blend controls. The blend varies the dry guitar signal with the compressor and the volume boosts or cuts the overall level. Using the level switch varies the amount of compression. This is probably THE most acrobatic compressor I've use. Regardless of how or what I hook it up to be it an electric guitar with SC or HB pups, an acoustic with piezos, a home made box guitar or a bass it is highly useful to crafting a great sound. Dunno how I ever got along without it. Without doubt the best compressor I've used in 40+ years and in a little teeny pedal no less. I suspect battery drain to be nominal but its generally on a pedal board with a power supply, it sounds great with the couple of battery powered amps I have and gives a little extra oomph to them as well. Great job Xotic.

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