Xotic SP Compressor Pedal

Compressor Pedal with Compact Size, Controls for Compression Amount, Volume, and Blend
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An Extremely Transparent Compressor

The Xotic SP Compressor pedal can be found on the pedalboards of guitarists in all genres. Based on the iconic Ross compression circuit and favored for its transparency, the SP Compressor does a phenomenal job of evening out your dynamics while imparting harmonic sparkle. And the 3-position compression switch, variable blend control, and internal attack trim pots work in unison to shape your sound. The SP Compressor's tiny size has already made its way onto multiple Sweetwater guitarists' boards.

Xotic: Boutique pedals, preamps, and more

Xotic was born in a small garage in Southern California in 1996 and quickly became known for high-quality, boutique bass guitars and bass preamps. These days, they've expanded the pedal line, crafting stompboxes that are played by some of the finest guitarists in the business. Their acclaimed AC Booster, RC Booster, and BB Preamp pedals remain some of their most popular pedals.

Xotic SP Compressor Effects Pedal Features:
  • Mini compressor pedal
  • Based on the famed Ross compression circuit
  • Blend control adds the unaffected tone back in
  • Internal attack trim pots further dial in your tone
  • Settings for hi, mid, and lo compression settings
  • True bypass switching
The SP Compressor is quickly becoming a classic pedal.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Compressor
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Power Source 9V DC power supply sold separately
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 1.5"
Width 1.5"
Depth 3.5"
Weight 0.57 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SPC

Customer Reviews

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Xotic Compressor pedal

This little pedal packs a punch that you can control and then some so nice to have a low mid high switch, its so much better than all the others by fare. My bass player uses it and loves it so he had to have one. I've checked them all out and this is the one you want guitar or bass, I even ran my violin thru it what a massive difference, a little go's a very long way
Music background: Music Teacher

Great Compressor

There is a reason the SP compressor is often called the best around, with its wide range of compression options from low and completely transparent to high harmonically rich compression! I would highly recommend to anyone in the market for a great compressor without a ton of room on their board!
Music background: Guitar+Vocals: nothing that serious Bass: Honesthardcore, Ourselves, Alone

Easy Squeezy

I'm not a huge compression fan. Face it, it's not as sexy as, say, distortion or delay. However, sometimes you gotta have a little squeeze to even things out. I was already a HUGE fan of the EP booster, and the SP had a great, easy-to-use feature set (especially the Blend feature), and a lower price than most boutique comps, so I tried one. I love it! A very practical set of controls...almost makes compression fun! I'm not a comp tweaker and the SP is super easy to set-and-forget. I got it to even out clean tones but usually just leave it on the whole time. I'm a little OCD so, after getting the EP and the SP, I have an overwhelming desire to complete the set with the SL. Sounds great in the vids. It's nice to know I can order one through Sweetwater now!
Music background: Educator, Guitarist, Composer, Producer

Absolutely excellent

I can't say enough good things about this pedal. It's improved my sound more than I thought any pedal could do, especially one as ostensibly minor as a compressor (as opposed to, say, an overdrive or vibe or something that is in-your-face). My main set-up is Telecaster, Voodoo MicroVibe, Empress Germ Drive (sometimes on, sometimes off), Xotic SP, Lovepedal Kanji and Dunlop Cry Baby (both for solos), Fender Blues Jr. I wanted to be able to run a "clean" sound with just guitar and vibe, and then be able to click on the Germ Drive for crunchier tones when needed. One of my problems was that the Germ Drive has a very pleasing natural compression, but when I clicked it off I had lots of dynamics differences with the clean tone (which wasn't compressed at all). The SP has fixed everything. My guitar sounds smooth clean or distorted, and there are no volume jumps when I click on my overdrive. I placed this pedal after the Germ Drive because I wanted to overdrive to react to my picking dynamics and not have those softened by the compressor. I also didn't want the overdrive to amplify the raised noise floor caused by the compressor. Anyway, it works absolutely perfectly. It is quiet, and the blend knob should be a must on every compressor pedal. I have it set at about 10:30, which gives me very nice sustain and evens out picking dynamics, but still lets the guitar sound organic and interesting. I have the switch on the front set on "Mid." I haven't messed with the DIP switches inside because it sounds absolutely perfect as is, and I can't imagine it sounding better. This pedal has made my clean tone so much more rich and full, and it sounds good when I click on the OD as well. If I turn the blend up a bit more, I can get a Police-type tone, which I love. It's not what I'm going for in my current band, so I keep it dialed back a bit more, but I'm thrilled that I can now get that tone. The pedal seems well-built and is satisfyingly heavy despite its small size. Jacks work reliably. I'm running it off a Voodoo PedalPower. It is a very low-noise pedal and clicks in and out cleanly (although I leave it always on). The green light is bright and a nice addition to the blue and red lights of my other pedals. I seriously have nothing bad to say about this pedal. And I've tried other comp pedals, including some classics. This is the best.
Music background: Gigs all the time, records, etc.

Xotic Compressor, etc

I bought this pedal some time ago and paired it with a couple of different "most popular" overdrive pedals. I just purchased the Xotic SL drive and the EP boost pedals. The three work together just as advertised on their promotional video. In fact even better. Promotional videos only sound as good as the little speakers on you computer. Much like watching an ad on your old TV for the great picture on a new TV. I am playing through a self modified MIM Stratocaster with Seymor Duncan stacked HBs in the neck and middle and a Pearly Gates HB in the bridge, with a graphite nut and locking Fender Tuners. I play through a Fender Deluxe Reverb '65 reissue and a Fender Princeton '65 reissue, depending on the size of the venue. I am getting just the sustain and clean feedback I was looking for. I have also bought a daisy chain adapter as I get a lot of noise from the clubs I play at (probably the lights, or old wiring). Also, these things tend to eat batteries quickly. I have also ordered a small pedal board. I like the size of these Xotic pedals because I do not want to bring a hugh science experiment pedal board to the local blues jams. I mostly play blues, however these pedals are ready for any kind of music you might want to play, from clean country to heaviest of metals. On another note, I also have to comment on the great customer service I have received from Mark and Chelsea at Sweetwater. Mark and I discussed different pedals, and he helped me so much in finding just the right combination I was looking for to get the sound I wanted. Both are very professional, personable and a pleasure to do business with. I suppose that is why I am a returning customer with Sweetwater for my equipment needs, and advise.
See also: Bass Effects, Xotic, Xotic Bass Guitar Pedals & Effects, Xotic Compressors and EQ