CP101 £99

As part of Maxon’s Reis­sue se­ries, this ‘set and for­get it’ unit of­fers solid, trans­par­ent com­pres­sion

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ORI­GIN: Ja­pan TYPE: Com­pres­sor pedal FEA­TURES: Buffered by­pass CON­TROLS: Sus­tain, Level, by­pass footswitch CON­NEC­TIONS: Stan­dard in­put, stan­dard out­put POWER: 9V bat­tery or 9V DC adap­tor (not sup­plied) DI­MEN­SIONS: 70 (w) x 113 (d) x 56mm (h)

Audio Dis­tri­bu­tion Group www.au­diodis­tri­bu­tion­group.com www.max­onfx.com

The CP101 is an op­ti­cal com­pres­sor with just two knobs, Dy­na­comp­style, to dial in your sound. There’s no ob­vi­ous tonal colour­ing go­ing on here – this is pretty trans­par­ent com­pres­sion that, from the low­est set­ting of the Sus­tain knob, adds a touch of dy­namic so­lid­ity to your sig­nal. Ad­vance that Sus­tain knob and the com­pres­sion in­creases, although it’s al­ways smooth. There’s no real sense of hav­ing kicked in a com­pres­sor with this unit – the pedal just bol­sters your sig­nal and evens it out un­til you get into the sec­ond half of knob travel where sin­gle notes get a lit­tle more snap to their front-end rather than any rad­i­cal re­shap­ing of the note en­ve­lope.

It’s ac­tu­ally qui­eter than some other two-knob com­pres­sors, and is one of those ped­als that you can just for­get about, leav­ing it on all the time once you’ve found an op­ti­mum set­ting to suit your style. [TC]

VER­DICT An easy-to-use, solid per­former of­fer­ing nicely trans­par­ent con­trol at an at­trac­tive price 8

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