Hotone Skyline Komp Optical Compressor Pedal

Compressor Pedal with Zinc Alloy Outer Cover, True Bypass Footswitch, Transparent Top Knob, 2 Small Glow-in-the Dark Knobs, SPARK Button, and Cool LED Lights
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A Tiny Box o' Opto

NOTE: This pedal requires an external power supply (not included) to operate. Please call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer for more information.

Round and musical, the Hotone Skyline Komp optical compressor pedal is ready to add some punch to your guitar tone. Modeled after the venerable Urei LA-2A, but optimized for the electric guitar, the Skyline Komp is primed to add photoelectric magic to any style of playing that you want to throw at it. Afraid of a dull tone? Hit the SPARK button for a high end bump. Make no mistake, the Skyline Komp can be addictive - the guitarists here at Sweetwater can't stop playing with it! Encased in yellow with a funky LED-illuminated COMP knob, the Skyline Komp optical compressor pedal is ready to give you the smooth compressed tone and sustain that only an optical compressor can provide.

The Hotone Skyline Komp Optical Compressor Guitar Pedal at a Glance:
  • Opto compression in a stompbox
  • The Hotone Skyline Series - tiny and stylish
  • Hotone - design inspiration
Opto compression in a stompbox

Utilizing a photocell and a small light (usually an LED or electroluminescent panel), an opto compressor creates changes in signal gain. The photocell controls the volume of the amplifier that attenuates the volume of the output signal. When a signal gets louder, the light gets brighter, which causes the photocell's resistance to go down, and the amplifier reduces its gain. The photocell has a gradual and predictable release curve, which is very gentle and musical. Other types of compression typically do not exhibit this type of release curve. The Skyline Komp delivers the unique magic of opto compression in an itty-bitty package!

The Hotone Skyline Series - tiny and stylish

Less than two inches high, less than three inches long, and weighing in at less than 7 ounces, the Hotone Skyline Series of stompboxes offers a compact design, rugged build, and flexible tone. Encompassing a variety of effects including a looper, tuner, delay, octaver, tremolo, various overdrive and distortion effects, and more, all Skyline pedals have a durable zinc alloy outer cover, a transparent top knob that is lit up by two LED lights, and two other knobs that glow in the dark. Each pedal also has a button that gives you more tonal options. These pedals also have a metal bar to prevent you from accidentally moving the knobs with your foot when stomping on the footswitch. The Hotone Skyline Series delivers massive sound in a microscopic package!

Hotone - design inspiration

According to Hotone, their slogan is "Design Inspiration." The company strives to create products that are centered around what is, what isn't, and what can be made possible. Hotone endeavors to create products that the music world has always wanted but never before imagined possible. Hotone states that it's one of their core values to challenge the limits of design. Hotone's products are rugged, portable, and don't compromise on tone.

The Hotone Skyline Komp Optical Compressor Guitar Pedal Features:
  • Zinc alloy outer cover provides ruggedness and durability
  • True bypass footswitch ensures a clean signal from guitar to amp
  • Transparent top knob and 2 small knobs allow easy access to features
  • Cool LED lights add style and mojo
  • Requires 9V DC negative center power supply, not included
Give your guitar more punch, sustain, and musicality with the Hotone Skyline Komp optical compressor pedal!

Additional Media

Hotone Skyline Komp User Manual
Hotone Guitar Effects Pedals Demo - Sweetwater's Guitars and Gear, Vol. 77

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Compressor
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Height 1.73"
Width 1.73"
Depth 2.91"
Weight 0.42 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number TPSCS1

Customer Reviews

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Small footprint - Big sound

I was shopping for a replacement to my MXR Dyna Comp. I started to find the MXR comp wasn't cutting it anymore so I decided to try out other compressors. I was eyeing the Boss CS-3 and the Keeley comps, but then the sales guy showed me this Hotone Komp and that I should try it out. This little thing blew me away. The clean sounds (which is mostly what I use for the comp) were full and crisp. The spark option with this mini pedal adds extra zing to your sound when you need it. Plus its so small that it frees up more space in my pedal board for more pedals. :) Using the Komp on overdriven or dirty sound was really good as well - but I mainly use this for clean passages on the songs we play. Don't let the size fool you. This is one really good compressor you should consider to try.
Music background: Guitarist (Rock, Prog)

Great if you're on a budget!

Hotone makes quite the nice lineup of little budget pedals, both in terms of space and money, so I decided to give this one a try. Really, there's nothing particularly BAD to say about this pedal, but you have to know what you're getting. Firstly, the "tone" control on a compressor seems a bit unusual to me, but it can be useful as a master tone of sorts, depending on where you put the compressor in your chain. The "spark" button can add some additional brightness to the tone, which again seems odd for a compressor, but it's there if you like that sort of thing. The volume knob is very straightforward, of course, but the "comp" knob is a bit of an enigma. You really have no way to control the attack, release, blend, amount of compression, or any of the other parameters. To my ear, it sounds as though turning up the compression knob increases basically all of these parameters at once. So what you wind up with is a very twangy, rockabilly kind of sound. Again, it's not BAD, per se, but it might not necessarily fit the style of music you're playing. For it's low price point, there's really not much to complain about. However, if you're a more seasoned player who knows exactly what sound you want out of a compressor, you'll probably find the controls a bit lacking on this unit. I myself am a bit of a tone snob, and after trying other compressors, I realized how limited this one really is. However, it worked just fine as a starter when I was first building my board, and I definitely recommend it to beginners just looking to get their feet wet with compressors. Plus, this little thing takes up such a tiny amount of real estate on your board, it can be a real life saver if space is an issue for you. Give it a try if you need an inexpensive option!
Music background: Worship Guitarist
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