Rotosound The Pusher Compressor review

More sustain with less noise

  • £199
  • $299
The Pusher is built around the same chassis as the firm's 2012 fuzz pedal reissue

MusicRadar Verdict

Plenty of sustain and top-end bite, but no hiss - cool!


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    Regain noise reduction works well. Not a Dyna Comp clone.


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While most guitar compressors available these days seem to be based on the MXR Dyna Comp/Ross design, Rotosound has gone its own way with The Pusher - one of the string-maker's new range of 60s-style effects pedals.

"The regain knob works a treat for getting rid of any background noise"

The amount of compression is controlled with the squeeze knob, but you get more controls to counteract any unwanted compression artefacts.

The regain knob offers noise reduction, which works a treat for getting rid of any background noise that the compression pulls up, while the bite control feeds some of the uncompressed signal's high-end to the output, to compensate for any dullness that might have been brought about by the compression.

Put it all together and that means plenty of sustain and top-end bite, but no hiss - cool!

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.