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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 22 reviews )
 12 reviews55 %
 6 reviews27 %
 2 reviews9 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money:Excellent

yoTrakkz's review"compression only"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
This is a Compression pedal only. They say compression/sustainer, but sustain is a standard option on a compression pedal. I believe this is all analog. There are no visible digital parts at least. This is not editable through a computer. Its is 1/4" audio only, and no it is not rackable in the traditional sense (as in you would have to mount on a drawer, then rack that).


The general setup on most stomp boxes is pretty simple, and this one is no different. The idea is finding a balance between the sustain and the attack. I would start my setting the attack first, and then playing with the sustain until it sounds just right. My only problem was I never found that tone I was looking for.
Its very easy to edit the boss pedals because all of the options are labeled and adjustable by a dial. That is the beauty of these pedals, they are exceptionally easy to use and therefore great for beginners.


Pair this one up with just about any other compressor out there and you will hear what I am talking about. Its not very transparent. Every time I clicked it on I noticed a reduction in the good tone coming out of my Parker Nitefly.


I used this pedal for about 4 months. I promptly sold it and purchased one of the finest compression pedals on the market. The Analogman Bi-compressor (check out my review on that). There really isn't anything good about this pedal. The worst thing about this pedal, besides the tone reduction, is when using it live, I would click it on and loose about 25% of my volume. I would crank that level parameter up and still nothing. I couldn't figure it out. Sometimes it wouldn't drain as much volume, but overall it was never consistent. Sometimes transparent (in regards to volume) and sometimes if was like someone turned down my amp. This was my first compression pedal and I bought it on a whim off of ebay. After doing lots of research I found the Analogman Bi comp and was very happy when I got it.

moosers's review

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
The Marshall ED-1 Compressor is an analog compressor designed for use with the electric guitar, but is suitable for any electronic instrument. It has both a 1/4 inch input and output and has a specific power supply that will power it in addition to the battery compartment. It is a pretty sturdy pedal and is overall made pretty well. This is not a rackable piece of gear - it is a stomp box.


The make up of the Marshall ED-1 Compressor is really simple and easy to follow as it has a series of four knobs that each will control a different aspect of your sound. From right to left it has knobs for compression, attack, volume, and emphasis, the latter of which is kind of like a tone knob. This is pretty much all there is to it and anyone with any sort of experience with guitar pedals or compressors won't have too much trouble with it. I don't have the manual for this pedal but it is easy enough to use that you don't really need it.


The sound of the Marshall ED-1 Compressor is a bit above average and will definitely do what it advertises to do, which is compress your guitar signal in any way you see fit. I usually use this pedal with a Fender Strat and a 1976 Fender Twin Reverb and I'm always pretty happy with the results I am able to get. There is a good amount of control over your tone available, which adds to the overall number of sounds that are possible with this pedal. While I've used some better compression pedals before, the Marshall ED-1 Compressor is a nice pedal in its own right.


I first used Marshall ED-1 Compressor guitar pedal about two or three years ago and since then it has always done well for me. I like the overall tone it has and the ease of use makes it a good option for players on all experience levels. The price is very reasonable if not downright cheap and certainly gives you some bang for your buck. While I prefer the Boss CS-3 compression pedal to this one, the ED-1 is a good pedal and will last a while if you treat it properly. If you are in the market for a compression guitar pedal I would encourage you to check out this pedal as well a few other pedals out there like the CS-3 or the MXR Dynacomp to see what will work best for you and your situation.
MGR/Andrew Rabloczky12/25/2002

MGR/Andrew Rabloczky's review"Marshall ED-1 Compressor"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
Buoght in Budapest, Hungary, in a famous guitar store. It was 21000FT (90$)
I use mostly the new Marshall stompboxes. I wanted to enhance and improve my solos and the whole sounding.

First, a compressor pedal is the one, that a guitarist adds last to his equipment. Once a beginner said: "this sux, it does nothing!". This pedal is very versatile. Helps to even the volume, adds sustain or cuts the lenght. Must have for funky riffs, ideal for jazz, blues. Virtually I'm influenced by Kirk Hammett, so it helps a lot, and gives a boost for those rapid ass kickin' solos.

Marshall pedals only problem: black marks on chrome knobs. On stage I cant see the settings. It's hard to set each effects to avoid being noisy. But it's a natural thing at using a compressor. By the way Boss's compressor is much more noisy.

Metal. Bypass swithch. Awesome.

I like this product. I'm playing for many years, but it improves my solos, evens voulume, adds something that brings out everything from my gear. This is the best compressor pedal you can get this time, and its price is o.k. as well.

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Xquydd's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pump, not even gypsy ..."

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
For this section see the manufacturer's website.


THE general configuration is simple, the knobs are a bit small, but it is a compact pedal.

The manual is clear, there are examples of use.

Editing sounds is done by moving the knobs, just listen to what happens.


What shocked me with this guitar pedal use, it is the effect of own compressors pump is the only thing I managed to make it out clearly in "normal" use (even with presets or manual presets "logical" compared to my hardware).
So I've used mostly pushed into overdrive, before buying a real overdrive pedal.

I played this pedal between my guitar (Gretsch Electromatic, EDR470 ibanez, gretsch white falcon) and my amp (marshall 1959 Vox AC15), then I realized the obvious: I did not need a compressor, so I sold it.


I used about a year.

It was my first compressor, the only one I buy in the future will be a genuine universal audio compressor for studio use (nothing to do with the guitar so).

I did not like much on the compressor, if not the lesson of not buying pedals at random.

Level value, it's probably good for those who need a slightly lower compressor range to become familiar with the basic features of a compressor after it should not expect miracles.

Xquydd's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" What has used ??"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
priori, it is a compressor sustainer.

I think it is analog but vrifier. Knobs for rgler DIFFERENT parameters.

Level connections, a two jacks between an output and that's it.


aa priori looks simple, an effects pedal with 3 knobs ...

The manual is clearly insufficient, it does not quite Business detail the utility of the thing.

At the edition of sounds, taking rglages manual, there is nothing, impossible to have something musical, and even in rglant in ttonnant, in fact I think it's completely inadapt my conception of music.


So, if I remember correctly, compression, has used have a homognis output level to the level of the source (we play strong or weak it always comes out medium). In fact has had no interest because a prevents any nuance in the game.

Basically when I used it, or has did nothing, too c'tait and got along, attacks sounding not at all natural, and "reinflate" after just too weird for me .dropoff window

I have used with electrical and electro-acoustic guitars, on the advice of a friend bluesman but c'tait a stupidity, silver jet through the window.


I used three months to try to do something vaguely a distortion when pushed background, but not at all musical. I managed to sell a grandpa on a flea market, phew, I could rcuprer something ...

I will never compressor tries, we must learn grate his right hand it's really effective !!

I'll never have to buy a.

enricoznn's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Well"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
What are the effects, or types of effects available?
Compression, boost volume
What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)
I think analog
Are they edited? Via an editor Mac / PC?

Is this a pattern rack or rack?


The general configuration is it simple?
Editing sounds and effects is it easy?
The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Not need


The effects are they effective, appropriate and realistic enough?

Which instruments do you use?
Start US
Which ones you prefer, you hate?
This is a compressor that does not blow even at high volume and respects the color of the sound of the instrument


How long have you use it?
1 month
What is so special that you love the most, least?
It takes a sick and sustain an amp with lights still on guard of the dynamics
The least is that it eats a lot of her, so as not to lose volume it is necessary to put the volume to 3 hours, but not even a breath almost no background
Have you tried many other models before buying it?
How would you rate the quality / price?
25 euros is secondhand gift
With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Without doubt, in this price range I think that we can find a comp with the quality and robustness

surfy's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent pedal"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
Using compressor pedal with 4 buttons:
- Attack: is the "sustainer" that emphasizes the attack of its product (the "beginning of his"
- Compression: level of "crash". I do not like that word which might seem derogatory, but simply means that the sounds of low intensity will be re-raised, and those of high intensity lowered, so as to produce an overall sound more even.
- Level: sound intensity that passes through the pedal, useful for adjusting the volume pedal between active and inactive
- Emphasis: it is a bonus. It is a priori whether the compression is more pronounced on the bass or treble.

My basic setup:
- Attack at 3
- Compression at 9am
- Level at 11
- Emphasis on Hi

If I really want to accentuate certain notes, I increase the compression. Attention, increasing the compression increases the breath.

I place the beginning of the pedal board, making it much more natural end of a chain or crush it all.

Pedal will not make sense for a beginner, but is essential to the more experienced musician. Personally, it is almost always on ... but with sparse settings.

Input / output jack, power supply 9V Boss style (battery or mains), heavy and solid (all metal), a bit narrower than the Boss pedals.

She has what it takes, no less.


Understanding compression is inherently difficult, so I will not penalize the pdéale for that. It's easy for me, except perhaps to understand the emphasis that is not me really.


A compressor pedal always blows (except the super expensive), but this without any excess, which it seems it apart from its competitor the CS-3. That's what decided me.
The compression does not alter the sound (except for the compression itself) that is natural in both clean distortion.

Used with a Gretsch, it gives the slamming my TV Jones


I use it for a few days, but I've been dealing with compression in a multi-purpose. It has nothing to do because of poor quality compression gives the breath and makes his "phone" what i is not the case here.

Strong, effective for a reasonable price. Perfect for me.

AnthonYHurleY's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good compressor but not for me."

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
Compressor pedal 1 input and 1 output jack, a power supply input. 9V.
Emphasis 4 potentiometers, volume, attack and compression.
Rather simple but quite effective. Too bad it still is not a bit more complete.


The pedal is simple to use as long as you take the time to find settings that suit us.
A compressor is neither more nor less, not a cockpit of airbus ...
The manual is comprehensive and very clear and French. Examples of controls "types" are even proposed.


The sounds you get with this pedal are pretty good. The controls are responsive and actually influence the sound without being extremely accurate. (This is not Tech21) But that's fine. We arrive to find what you want quickly.

Equipment used: Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster plugged into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Limited Edition Red Wine (used only in clean) and a Tech21 California for lead through jack in good condition and of sufficient quality.


I bought a few years ago but used only by periods jerky ... Desperate to try every time to use it but quickly changing his mind and putting it back in its box ...
Already, it tends to color the sound, something that can pass to the limit (it boosts the mids), but what bothers me most is that it also produces breath. Logic for a compressor we say, but ... In its clear this is not awkward at all (or almost inaudible) but once it gets triggered saturation embarrassing. Especially if the compression is knob led to more than 1 / 4 of its stroke.
It is true that I have not tried the other compressor so good ... I'm not saying that this pedal is bad, far from it. But the fact that it is not transparent latch the picture somewhat. Again, in my case this is not annoying but it can be for someone looking for a compressor that does not color his sound. (My favorite things anyway)

That is why I intend to turn to another compressor. In this case a Wampler Ego Compressor that looks to be better, a little more complete and very, very clear! Having regard to the normal price range is another.

The price / quality ratio seems correct (especially since the price has dropped in the meantime) but again, there are many other compressors that I have not tried.

I do not probably do it again this choice today.

Anonymous 's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Indispensable"

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
As for the technical characteristic I think my fellow goes around the issue.


Too bad it lacks a setting for the trigger and relaxation.


The responsiveness of this pedal is excellent. What is expected of a compressor is that it works the sound of an immediate and remarkable. Without distorting it! This compressor does the job, neither more nor less, and that is exactly what every musician has in mind when investing in effect. Moreover an insert effect which relates directly the sound.
I use this compressor head effect chain just after a Korg tuner white well-known guitarists:) )
What I wanted was to have a uniform sound with a boost of momentum regardless of the type of guitar used. Impeccable contract completed.


To conclude I would say that as a sound technician performing regular studio recordings, this type of accessory should be part of the toolbox of any serious guitarist. Distos even before the reverb, the delays, tremolos and other ring modulators!
Indeed, what matters is not only what an amp should output speaker but also to know what food is served to the preamp!
Earlier a sound will be defined in terms of dynamics and clarity it will be handled more efficiently by live and studio technicians.
In short, a nice little pedal with a good value for money!

Stfsatan's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Marshall ED-1 The Compressor
This is an analog compressor, non-editable format pedal
connectivity is


minimum configuration is simple, as long as we know to manage a compressor!
manual guide us well and french, there are also some examples of settings
it is well regulated, no problem


the compression effect is effective, and the adjustment range is fairly spread
I use it on a guitar jackson and the record is very good! the sound is dry and shiny, or is round and dark, I do not hate anything so good since I


2 years now and it was my first compressor! the report is good considering the quality of housing and sound really good compressor