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Maxon CP101 Compressor

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Smooth compression and very low noise!


While it is on you will notice note-to-note levels that are smoother and more consistent, chords and arpeggios that are tighter and more focused, and when used with an overdriven amp, sustain that will last for days. Best of all, you'll notice minimal coloration to your guitar signal and less of the note-attack alterations so common to other compressors.
At the heart of the CP101's circuit sits an HTV #P873 CdS (Cadmium Sulfur) Photocoupler. This light-sensitive component varies resistance based on the input signal to control the amp gain, increasing gain as the input signal weakens. Most other current-production compressors accomplish this task using a VCA (voltage controlled amplifier), but the multiple transistors packed into a VCA inevitably lead to high noise levels, which means lots of "hiss" from your rig. The CP101's optical circuit keeps the noise-floor low - so low that you can run the unit after a distortion and still retain near-silent operation.
With its ultra low-noise level, transparent operation and natural playing response the Maxon CP101 is the perfect compressor for players who hate using compressors.

  • Works perfectly with bass guitar, electric guitar, or acoustic/electrics
  • Provides clean compression and minimal noise

Order your CP101 today and enjoy the silence.


CP101 Compressor Specifications:

  • Compression: 42 dB
    Controls: Sustain, Level
    Current Consumption: 11 mA (9V) / 12 mA (10 V)
    Input Impedance: 500K Ohms
    Input Jack: 1/4 inch standard phone jack
    Input Level: 2 dBu
    Noise: (IHF-A) -110 dBu
    Output Jack: 1/4 inch standard phone jack
    Power Supply: 9V Manganese dry cell battery (S-006P) or special AC adaptor
    Power Voltage: DC9 V (Battery) / DC10 V (AC-adaptor)
    Switch: Normal/Effect
    Weight: 270 g
    Dimensions: (main body) 61 mm (W) x 112 mm (D) x 35 mm (H)
    Output Level: 0 dBu
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Subtle but effective!


from Grand Rapids, MI

Comments about Maxon CP101 Compressor:

Finally a compressor without the rubberband pop that seems to be the sound of most others. I understand this has a 4:1 compression ratio, but that was perfect for me. I wanted a compressor that sounded great with my Strat, but also didn't lose all the volume and attack when switching to my Les Paul. This fit the bill nicely, even at it's highest settings. If you want to clean up your chords, add definition to your picking and add sustain, without the rubber snap, buy this one!

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