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Rivera Sustain Shaman 2-Channel Compressor Reviews

4.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Steven L McGinnis
    from United States July 6, 2014Music Background:
    Pro 30+ years

    best compressor i have used

    i must admit my experience with comps for guitar has been pretty basic.2 knob comps.. this is the only box that i tried out that gives you that endless creamy smooth long lead sustain that you hear from so many great guitarists... i like the 2 channel concept using the first fir a very basic rhythm squash to keep dynamics under control on clean stuff.. and then the b side is maxed out super sustain for leads and it delivers.. all in all im very happy with it.. but i have a lot to learn about compression and how it is really used.. but so far so good...runs quieter on batteries than ac power tried it with a one spot but was happier with the sound of battery..8 screws is a bit of a pain so im leaving the bottom four out i don't see a need for 8 screws holding this thing together its well built.. and solid i have no fear of breaking it...the guys in the band noticed the change in sound immediately and are impressed .. recommended...

  • John Schultz
    from Chicago May 14, 2014Music Background:
    Recording/Live sound engineer, musician.

    Not for ameteurs

    Rivera ss
    First thing you want to know is how does it sound right? Awesome x3! And I'm a compressor snob! Its the opposite of most compressor pedals, where you have to fiddle around til you find the one or two usable settings. Thats reversed. On this one you have to try hard to find bad sounds. Just amazing.
    Ive only had it a few hours and Im already in love with it. It does everything all good comps should do, from subtle to squish.
    I ran thru the usual approaches, chicken pickin, funk, hard strumming, fingerpicking, chord comping etc, all sound fantastic. The sound is defined and punchy without loss of dynamics thanks to the blend feature. Though if I want brick wall crush its right there. Whats especially cool are the harmonics it lends, very true to my guitars, transparent yet...More. That elusive studio sound. Unlike say, the inexplicably in vogue Keely types which add saturation in the upper mids color the tone and sound like fancy Dynacomps. Its also a lot quieter on most settings than the flavor of the month comps.
    The super sustain really shines with slide, I set the amp clean but pushed to just under break up & kicked it on and it transformed into a pedal steel... Just bloomed so organically and rang forever into a slow wavy vibrato. Its the pro slide sound I've always wanted.
    But heres the thing, I didnt buy it for any of those sounds. I bought it to use with my acoustic guitar when Im plugged in at high spl levels to smooth out the transients and add sustain without losing dynamics or feeding back. A very tall order I assure you. Ive been through 8 other comps for this including high end rack gear and the Rivera nailed it. The failed units tended to sound "dull" as comps can. This one has whispers of that but the tone control adds quite a bit of air before getting harsh to compensate. It definitely can get nearer to that added excitement of a high end studio box with a lot less tweaking than I usually need to do.
    Dings: Its nice having 2 compressors in one very small pedal to a/b but separate level controls would have been nice to use for boosts.
    The noise floor swell can be an issue with an extreme sustain setting, but taking another note or switching to the other comp will head it off seamlessly.
    Bottomline- This unit is quieter, more versatile and vastly more musical than the highly overated overpriced keely types, love it.

  • Peter
    from atlanta June 12, 2012Music Background:
    Pro

    Rivera Sustain Shaman

    People usually says that the compressor kills the good EQ of the guitar well if that the case this one kills the one that I donít like and highlight the ones that I like. Killer compressor the best that Iíve tried, quite and very adjustable. Down side it is pricey and they use stickers for the control labels. 4 1/2 due to the price.

  • Joel Howard
    from Ca July 31, 2014Music Background:
    Musician

    Not what I was hoping for especially for the price

    I got this pedal hoping for the long sustain they advertise. I tried every possible setting and with the channel 2 full on, only gained 1 second of sustain over having it not plugged in at all. Additionally, the pedal is a wee bit loud and will require a noise gate. I had an MXR Dyna Comp that was quieter, better sounding and had MUCH longer sustain than this thing has. Dyna Comp = $70.00 new. Rivera = $300+ after tax/shipping. You do the math.

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