The BOSS CP-1X is a compression pedal intended for use with electric guitars. At first glance, the pedal looks like a familiar BOSS compressor stompbox with familiar BOSS controls: Level, Attack, Ratio, and Comp are on hand to help you dial in your sound. However, BOSS has employed proprietary MDP technology, which ensures that these controls will interact with each other in a sophisticated manner, giving you multiband compression that is musical, transparent, and effective.
Indeed, the pedal is designed to preserve the expressive actions of your playing while facilitating the dynamic evenness necessary to make compressor stompboxes successful in their operation. Thus, arpeggios, fast solos, heavy riffs, and chicken pickin’ licks can be heard in all their glory, with each note individuated, yet controlled. This kind of multiband approach also serves seven- and eight-string guitars, as it can control the upper register without sacrificing the punch of the low end. With a separate level control, the pedal also can be used to achieve an overall volume boost.
The CP-1X offers buffered-bypass circuitry to preserve your signal’s tone over long cable runs and complicated pedalboard setups. It will operate on a single 9V battery for up to three hours of continuous use, though you can also use the pedal with an AC adapter (available separately).
MDP TechnologyTypical stompbox compressors color and restrict your sound, and are hard to dial in for various playing styles. The powerful MDP engine analyzes your guitar’s many different tonal elements in real time, providing natural compression that intelligently follows and adapts to your playing. With this approach, your true tone and technique always comes through, even when using aggressive settings for squashing the sound.
BOSS’s proprietary Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology analyzes the various elements that make up the sound, including frequency, overtones, dynamics, pickup response, and more. Various playing characteristics are analyzed as well, such as note register, single notes vs. chords, bends, vibrato amount, and others. Each individual element is then processed to give you transparency, as well as evenness of tone.
Interactive ControlsThe CP-1X's controls interact with each other at a detailed level. Thus, when you turn a knob, numerous interlocked parameters are adjusted under the hood at once. This gives you a rather sophisticated slate of controls for a pedal when it comes to compressing and tone-shaping. Still, you don't need to be a sound engineer to use the CP-1X. Its MDP processing has been fine-tuned to facilitate polished tones quickly.
Quality Wiring and MeteringThe CP-1X utilizes 18V input circuitry that provides ample headroom for the hottest guitar pickups, ensuring clarity for any instrument. A 16-segment gain reduction indicator clearly displays the compression amount, making it easy to see what the pedal's doing.
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