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Digitech XMS Main Squeeze Compressor/Sustainer Guitar Pedal

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  • dbx® compression technology
  • EQ optimisation control
  • Normal & CIT™ Cabinet Modeling outputs
  • Clean transparent compression and sustain
  • Studio-quality dbx OverEasy technology keeps signal from clipping
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Technical Details
Item Weight499 g
Product Dimensions15.2 x 6.4 x 8.9 cm
Batteries:1 9V batteries required.
Item model numberXMS Main Squeeze Pedal
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002GYYDQ
Best Sellers Rank 13,857 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight499 g
Date First Available1 Jun. 2007
  
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Manufacturer's Description

When it comes to quality with compression the name dbx comes to mind. As a sister company to DigiTech, we were able to incorporate studio quality dbx OverEasy compression technology that provides near-transparent compression, and delivers long, real-sounding sustain for your guitar. No more having to worry about choppy compression release and sustain problems found on other pedals. And with the added EQ control, you can perfectly tune your compressed sound so you won’t have the thin and lifeless compression that people have come to expect from other pedals.

As always, DigiTech provides you with a rugged durable metal chassis and dual amp and speaker compensated mixer outputs.

Features: dbx® compression technology, EQ optimization control, Normal & CIT™ Cabinet Modeling outputs.

Box Contains

  • Digitech XMS
  • Owner's Manual
  • Registration Card

  • Customer Questions & Answers

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By swampy on 5 Nov. 2014
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    You'll find that once you have found your favourite setting you'll keep it there and the unit will be on most of the time doing its job while you do yours. This is a very good compressor regardless of price but seeing as I've mentioned it, at the time of writing it is approx half the price of the Boss CS-3 but easily twice as good - I have both but maybe not for long! The Main Squeeze has been described elsewhere as 'transparent' meaning it does not colour your tone. This is true and nor does it make the attack of the pick sound overly "clicky". The Boss CS-3 sadly does both and also noticeably "pumps" the note if the sustain is past midway. The Digitech will pump but only with levels pushed much further. With a four hour battery life a suitable power supply is highly recommended but it is worth investing in one considering the quality of this compression. Look at it this way; four longlife copper-tops equals a Digitech PS200R if you shop around and you won't get the signal degradation as is the case when a battery starts to die.
    Three general notes for those new to compressors:
    1) Your compressor should be first in any effect pedal chain.
    2) Compressors work most effectively on single coil pickups so if you have a guitar equipped with humbuckers be sure to try one out before you buy to avoid any disappointment. Try both types of guitar, single and humbucker, with a compressor and you'll notice the difference.
    3) Use your ears and the grey matter between them. If you believe even a fraction of the internet postings (mostly from the other side of the Atlantic) relating to guitar effect pedals you'll think anything under the equivalent of a small mortgage and not hand wired by pixies in germanium mines involving foil and oil caps, orange drops and tropical fish (no really!) and scripted in elvish and sporting as many knobs as the box can handle and of course with true by-pass, is useless. Yeah right.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terence Relph-knight on 26 Sept. 2014
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    This is a great little compressor for a very reasonable price. With it being a Digitech product and using a dbx compression algorithm I expected it to be good, but on the other hand the price made me think that perhaps it wouldn't be too impressive. So I looked for some reviews and found a few that were very negative, claiming that the pedal was noisy and added too much gain. Having now bought and tried the Main Squeeze I know that the poor reviews are wrong and were probably due to poorly screened guitars or badly wired effects rigs. A compressor after all adds a lot of clean gain so any hum or noise in the signal chain in front of the compressor will get boosted.

    There is certainly plenty of gain on hand from the Level control, although this can be turned down enough to balance the compressed signal to the bypassed signal. The Attack control goes from fast and unnoticeable to a very obvious pop as you turn it clockwise. The Tone control can add plenty of treble boost so there is none of the tone loss often associated with compressors and the Sustain control adds more than enough compression that with feedback from an amplifier notes can be held as long as you like even at quite low amplifier volumes.

    With the controls set to modest levels the Main Squeeze is one of those pedals that just makes a guitar sound better when it is turned on without it being obvious what the pedal is doing.

    The only downside is that as one of the DSP based digital pedals that is made to look and feel like an analogue pedal it does have quite hefty power requirements, the notes on the back panel say it requires a 300mA power supply. It does have a 9V battery capability but it will drain a PP9 quite quickly.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By glenco on 4 May 2014
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    I love these Digitech pedals, they give great effects for not a lot of money compared to what you can pay, the sustain on this pedal is as much as anyone could want or need, hit a note go make a cuppa come back and play the next note. It is very well built (as is all their pedals, I have a few) and will take a nine volt lead or battery, my advice don`t waste your money on effects pedals that do the same thing as this one for a quarter of the price...glenco.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sj on 7 May 2014
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    Firstly, a compressor is an often ignored pedal, it isn't glamorous and it doesn't stand out, as a compressor should be. However, a good compression pedal is one of those things that makes the difference between a good sounding pedal board and a great sounding pedal board, and this pedal delivers. It is solid, doesn't produce noise and gives you the desired control over attack and decay.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurence commanader on 18 May 2014
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    This pedal is a great, easy to use + set up. I use lots of sustain when im playing + this did every thing i needed. There are cheaper models out there but digitech are 1 of the best so i decided to get this one. Well packed + is a well built pedal, should last a long time.
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