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Intuitive controls, instant gratification
The Origin Effects Cali76 is equipped with a single combined attack/release control to provide a continuous sweep of useful bass settings whilst avoiding combinations that often result in ugly distortions. An elegant jewel lamp functions as a three-colour gain reduction meter, providing vital and intuitive feedback to the player.
It's fully loaded with a dry blend control, which is considered by many to be this pedal's best feature, as it lets you mix your dry signal back in with your compressed bass tone for true parallel compression. This is an indispensable studio recording tool, as parallel compression gives you all the tone thickening and increased sensitivity of the Cali76, while keeping hold of the natural dynamic expression in your playing.
This pedal's second secret weapon is also pulled from the studio engineer's handbook. The Cali76 allows you to rein in the amount of compression applied to the lowest frequencies via a variable-frequency high-pass filter placed in the compressor's side chain. With the HPF control dialled in, the compression ratio effectively becomes frequency dependent. The low stings come to life, adopting an extra weightiness, power and dynamic response - while the higher strings are strictly controlled, preventing slapped and popped notes from leaping out of the mix.
Classic tone, compact package
The original Origin Effects Cali76 is a big, beautiful compressor pedal that delivers studio-quality 1176-style compression using discrete Class-A circuitry that's true to the topology. The new design stays true to the design philosophy of the original. This Compact Cali76 takes the same principles and works them into a smaller stompbox package that's more portable and will fit on even the busiest of pedalboards. This updated version still features high-current, discrete, Class-A circuitry for transparent, low-noise performance, added parallel compression and a side-chain filter optimised for bass.
Rugged, advanced electronics
The Origin Effects Cali76 is powered by a mains adaptor only. Origin has dispensed with the usual 9V battery option both to save space and allow them to adopt a high-current approach, yielding lower noise levels and superior tone. Rugged MELF resistors offer low noise performance and rock-solid reliability. Film and tantalum capacitors offer tight tolerances and superb linearity. Carefully chosen transistors biased at relatively high currents yield a distinct signal-to-noise advantage.
Jewel lamp function
It's not only packed full of versatile features, but also includes an elegant jewel lamp that functions as an intuitive three-colour gain reduction meter. Understanding these colour options is easy with Red for no compression, and Orange for active compression. The brighter the lamp, the greater the gain reduction. Yellow signifies that gain reduction has reached 27dB - making this an ideal function for low-light live performance situations.
Controls: Dry, out, In, Ratio, Att/Rel, HPF
- Weight: 620 g
- Dimensions: 142 x 66 x 59 mm