Carl Martin Classic Opto Compressor

Electric Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Optical compressor for classic vintage sound
  • Regulator for GAIN, LEVEL, COMP, ATTACK

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Carl Martin Classic Opto Compressor on bass

Spoobler, 13.09.2013
I took a chance on this Carl Martin Classic Opto Compressor as I was looking to find a replacement for a dbx 163A compressor and a Joe Meek VC3 preamp/compressor in a pedal format for live gigging. I love the tone of the dbx and the flexibilty of the Meek but wanted something to put on a pedal board.

I had some experience with the higher end Carl Martin pedal compressor and was impressed but I wanted to see if this low priced one could get me close to that sound. I haven't been able to A/B those two pedals beside each other, but I am very happy with the Classic Opto Compressor. There is a great variation of tone available just by rotating the GAIN knob. Even with the compression ratio set low there is still a wonderful 'thickening' of the tone.

The features are well thought out, giving my everything I was looking for as a blend of dbx tone and Joe Meek flexibility.

The pedal loses marks for handling for two reasons. 1: like the Classic Optical Envelope pedal, the paint chips just by looking at it and washers/knobs need tightened soon enough. 2: Something inside the pedal burnt out shortly after a year if use. It was a simply enough repair and the Thomann repair service was brilliant in their help and speed in getting the pedal back to me - complete with a new washer replacing one I had lost and I hadn't even asked them to do that.

Since the repair I've had zero problems with it. All in all I think it's a quality product, with an AMAZING tone and an unbeatable price.
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Great for bass, so-so for guitar

25.03.2016
The compressor tends to freak out with guitar, and takes a long time to recover (non-adjustable). Only gentle compression is possible. It's too slow for a heavy squeeze.

On the other hand, it's can compress much further with bass. Keep in mind it's not a hi-fi kind of compressor.
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