EarthQuaker Devices The Warden Optical Compressor

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Product Ref: 72710

  • Optical Compressor Pedal
  • Features Usually Reserved for Studio Units
  • Built with High Grade Components
  • Complete Control Set for Customisation
  • Features Loads of Sustain and Gain on Tap

EarthQuaker Devices The Warden Optical Compressor

The EarthQuaker Devices Warden is an optical compressor with features that are usually reserved for studio based compression units. It's carefully built by hand using high grade components, and internally powered by 18V (not the supply to the pedal) which provides colossal amounts of sustain and gain on tap. You'll have complete control over your compression when it comes to the Warden, with numerous control dials, it allows everything from a huge squash to subtle, almost unheard compression, with all the sounds in between.

Product Ref: 72710

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Optical compression is renowned for giving more character than VCA or FET based compression units, and The Warden is definitely no different.

A bright LED indicator means you always stay in control even on the darkest of stages, a true bypass signal path ensures an amazingly pure and natural tone straight from your instrument, and to top it all off the pedal is handmade in Ohio, USA to a supreme level of quality. When it comes to choosing a compressor for your pedal board, there's not much that can rival the versatility of the EarthQuaker Warden.


  • Tone: Slightly colours your tone, the colouration can be dialed to your taste. Anti-clockwise is treble cut, clockwise is treble boost. Tone is nearly flat around 11 O’Clock.
  • Level: Controls the overall output, affected by the sustain and ratio settings. No specific unity setting, adjust to taste when you find the perfect compression setting
  • Sustain: The heart of The Warden. Controls how hot the signal is, which changes the dynamics of the compression. The Warden is a feedback style compressor, the hotter the signal, the more active compression. Very little sustain means very little compression, smaller attack and release and a cooler signal, Max sustain means heavy compression, longer sustain, hotter signal and more lively attack and release.
  • Ratio: Determines how much gain reduction affects the signal. Dialed up is full compression and is reduced as you turn anti-clockwise which allows more of the boosted, less compressed, signal to shine through. No defined ratios here.
  • Attack: Controls how quickly the device reacts and starts compressing the signal. All the way anti-clockwise is an almost immediate reaction. Turning clockwise slows the reaction time.
  • Release Controls how long it takes the signal to raise back up to the level determined by the sustain & ratio settings. Fully anti-clockwise is a fast release and the release time slows as you turn clockwise.


  • Size: 4 5/8" x 2 1/2" x 2.25" with knobs
  • Connections: ¼" input and output
  • Power: Requires 9V DC Power Supply
  • Current Draw: 20 mA
  • Construction: Built by hand in Ohio, USA