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Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal

Get the bells and whistles of a high-priced studio compressor in this small compressor pedal. You get to control how much of the signal is being compressed. (37) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter has been specially developed to incorporate the same features and sonic clarity found in high-quality professional studio compressors. To achieve this they've incorporated a variable threshold, -variable compression ratio, -variable attack and 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 just a 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.

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Power: 100 or 115 or 230 VAC 50-60Hz

Power consumption: 2,4 Watts

S/N ratio: 105dB (clean out)

Input impedance: 1M Ohm

Output impedance: 200 Ohm

THD distortion: 0,05%

Threshold range: 60 dB

Compression range: from 1:1 to 1:00

Response range: from 125 mS to 12,5 mS

Gain range: +-20 dB

Dimension (D x W x H): 120 x 95 x 77

Weight: 0.625 kg
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 3 in
Carl Martin Warranty ´╗┐Carl Martin offers a 1 year parts and labor warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-888-1899
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Compression = Expansion (of pleasure)"
Sound: Rich, dynamic sound. You can create ultra-smooth clean tones that just ring with clarity and fullness. Adds enormous amounts of depth to any clean or overdriven tone. Wonderful for adding body to chording or lead work. The effect of the compression (with proper adjustments of dials) can be made to come on very smoothly, almost undetectable. Or, if you want, you can create varying levels of exaggerated compression for effect. In all cases, the result is SMOOTH, quiet sound. I play with this thing all the time now....it's a permanent part of my setup, right along with my graphic EQ box. Feature: The rotaries are well-designed and target the full range of control that one needs for guitar work. The pedal plugs directly into a power source via an attached cable, which is nice. The device seems well-built.....maybe not as "heavy" or tank-ish" as some pedals of comparable size, but good nonetheless. Ease of Use: Basically, very easy to use. It will require some dial-tweaking to find desired level and quality of sound....although this is NOT a downside, by any means. I hook it up as the first device in my chain, followed by either an OD box, or my Vox ToneLab, and/or a wah, then into the amp. I use a graphic EQ box through the FX loop, which allows me to sculpt the sound before the signal goes into the power stage. This is my present setup, and it seems to be working pretty well....minimum of "noise", maximum of quality sounds! Quality: Seems well-built. I don't tend to put my components through "the mill" the way that some might, as in, having a "stomp-Fest", or a beer-orgy. I won't be able to test the long-term quality of the On-Off switch or the jacks, because it'll always be ON and connected. The dials.....well, they should last, i hope. The rest is up to Providence. Value: I give this a high mark, because in general, quality devices COST $'s, that's just the way the stompbox market is. If you want quality and performance, you've got to antie-up. Also, i used to think that a minimum of dials for a compressor was best, but now, having owned this one, i feel that Carl Martin took the right approach. As in sound engineering for recording, you need to have enough control over the dynamic so that it doesn't control YOU....YOU control IT. Several of these other high-priced compressors, i feel, miss the mark in this regard ..... They're TOO simple. You can't get away with just one dial labelled "Sustain". A compressor ISN'T a "Sustainer" device, per se. It's a component for managing the full DYNAMIC of sound, and that requires a full complement of controllers. (Okay so i'm off my soapbox now.....sorry.) Manufacturer Support: No opinion. The Wow Factor: I own it. Overall: Can't say any more than what i did above. The CM COmpressor is a great device, pure & simple. NOT over-priced, by common standards. Everyone should be playing with a good compression device....you need control over the sound dynamic, right along with EQ. It doesn't matter if you're recording or playing live. The CM COmpressor will deliver what you need. Just do it.
Style of Music: light-to-hard rock, blues, light jazz, folk.
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