Origin Effects has introduced a pair of new compressor pedals. While the updated SlideRIG Compact Deluxe Mk2 brings additional levels of adjustability to the SlideRIG design, the new Cali76 Stacked Edition takes Origin’s signature dual-chained compression into uncharted territory.
Daisy-chaining a pair of outboard compressors together is an old studio trick made famous by Lowell George of Little Feat, who achieved his legendary, endlessly sustaining slide guitar sound by recording straight into the desk via first one Urei 1176 and then another. This was the inspiration behind the original SlideRIG, as used by everyone from David Gilmour to Joey Landreth.
Just like previous SlideRIGs, both of these new pedals feature the same painstakingly designed discrete Class-A circuitry found in Origin’s flagship Cali76 compressor. With two of these studio- grade, 1176-style compressors squeezed into one compact stompbox, they deliver ultra-quiet, effortlessly musical, two-stage FET compression and gorgeously clean, singing sustain. This time, however, Origin have added new controls to provide easier access to an even wider range of tones.
In essence, the Cali76 Stacked Edition is the missing link between the Cali76 and SlideRIG ranges. A brand-new control – the gold ‘Thru’ knob – determines how much signal is fed from the first compressor to the second. Incredibly simple to use, this control allows the Stacked Edition to deliver not only single-stage Cali76 and dual-stage SlideRIG sounds but also everything in between.
Independent LED VU meters let you see exactly how hard each stage is working, while each of the compression stages features its own combined Attack/Release control. With the Cali76 Stacked Edition, you can combine two distinct flavours of compression – one to add sustain and fullness and the other to subtly limit any stray peaks, for example – or max out both stages for a super-sensitive, ultra-sustaining “clean overdrive” effect
The same combined Attack/Release control has also been added to the SlideRIG Compact Deluxe Mk2. With one knob, users can simultaneously adjust the response of both compression stages, changing the initial transient of each note from glassy and percussive at one extreme (slow attack, fast release) to smooth and uniform at the other (fast attack, slow release). The range of this control has been carefully tuned to optimise signal-to-noise ratio and avoid any undesirable distortion artefacts, even at extreme levels of compression, so you don’t need to be a studio technician to dial in killer dual-compressor tones. Both pedals are available to order now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide and direct from www.origineffects.com.
Key Features Cali76 Stacked Edition (£329/US$379/€379/AU$599):
Housing two Cali76 compressors chained together, the Stacked Edition features the same signal path as the SlideRIG but offers more control than ever before. With input level, output level and dry blend knobs, separate attack/release controls for each compression stage and the new ‘Thru’ knob to set how much signal is fed from one stage to another, it’s a Cali76, a SlideRIG and everything in between.
SlideRIG Compact Deluxe MK2 (£299/US$349/€349/AU$529):
The latest evolution of Origin’s unique dual-chained compressor. The Mk2 makes the complicated business of setting up two compressors in sequence incredibly easy, delivering awesome slide tones and endless clean sustain that’s perfect for slide. The new Attack/Release control adjusts both compression stages simultaneously, offering a continuous sweep of attack and release characteristics with no unpleasant artefacts.
All Compact Series pedals feature:
• 100% Class-A discrete signal path
• Classic, ultra-fast “FET” response
• Studio-grade discrete-transistor preamps
• High-current, low-noise electronics
• Ultra-wide frequency response
• Ultra-high input impedance
• Silent switching
• High-quality “signal-conditioning” bypass mode • Premium components throughout
• Advanced power supply filtering and protection
• Flexible external power requirements (9-18V DC) • Designed and built in England
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