Boss CS-3 Compressor Sustainer Guitar Effect PedalStock code: 36727
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- Compact compression/sustainer pedal with high-quality circuitry
- Compresses loud signals and boosts softer signals
- Onboard Level, Tone, Attack and Sustain controls
- Low-noise design for super-quiet operation
The Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer is the 'go-to' pedal for playing clean melodic guitar lines. Cutting through in a band situation with held clean notes can be a very difficult thing to achieve, and lots of players end up using light distortion as a compromise, but it doesn't have to be difficult. The CS3 smooths the sound by flattening dynamics, giving your lines a consistent output level without adding hiss.
Rather than just hard limiting, the Boss CS-3 keeps the level continuous by limiting the louder notes and making up the gain as notes decay. You can set the attack to be fast for a smoother sound, or slow for more pronounced articulation. The sustain setting lets you choose how long the CS3's compressor remains active, before it lets your notes decay. A short sustain will enable greater articulation, whereas a longer sustain will keep the compressor active for maximum smoothness. As compression naturally decreases the top end there is a tone control that will let you adjust the amount of top end to compensate.
For added wow factor you could try adding chorus and delay effects (after the compressor in the signal chain), certainly the compressed signal will get good results from many effects, modulation effects in particular. Whatever your preference, the Boss CS-3 Compresser Sustainer Pedal will give your guitar a really consistent output when it is engaged.
|Nominal Input Level||-20 dBu|
|Input Impedance||1 M ohms|
|Nominal Output Level||-20 dBu|
|Output Impedance||1 k ohms|
|Equivalent Input Noise Level||-110 dBu (IHF-A Weighted, Typ.)|
|Connectors||INPUT Jack, OUTPUT Jack, AC Adaptor Jack (DC 9 V)|
|Power Supply||DC 9 V: Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V), AC Adaptor|
|Current Draw||11 mA (DC 9 V)|
|Accessories||Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V)|
|Option||AC Adaptor (PSA-Series)|
|SIZE AND WEIGHT (INCLUDING BATTERIES)|
|Width||73 mm/ 2-7/8 inches|
|Depth||129 mm/ 5-1/8 inches|
|Height||59 mm/ 2-3/8 inches|
|Weight||0.4 kg/ 15 oz.|