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