The Origin Effects Cali76 is a premium quality, 1960s-style FET compressor, inspired by the legendary Urei 1176.
The 1176 is a much-loved premium-quality studio compressor and, in many ways, is the industry standard vintage studio compressor. The primary motivation for developing the Cali76 was to bring the sonic properties of this revered studio-classic into the scope of the average guitar-geek. After all, why should high-quality compression be confined to the recording studio?
Secondly, existing guitar compressors are generally mediocre performers, and renowned "tone-killers," adding hiss whilst simultaneously robbing your signal of its soul!
The topology of the design was kept true to the original, while the actual circuitry was carefully condensed. In this way, it has been possible to retain the much loved dynamic response of the original, while at the same time permitting a smaller, more stage-friendly format!
We've slightly tweaked the attack and release times to be of immediate use to guitarists and bass players, as well as in pro audio applications. Plug it into your recording rig to process vocals, piano, acoustic guitars and drums, with a vintage, analog warmth!
Tonal Benefits - compared to standard (STD) version:
The Cali76 Transformer-Option works to provide the user with additional tone-options and connectivity. This option brings things even closer to the original studio-classic by incorporating a custom iron-core output transformer (other tx options available) driven by a high-current Class A transistor stage. High Gain and Low Gain modes of operation allow the transformer to be pushed into saturation for subtle harmonic generation all the way to all-out grunge!
The Cali76 Transformer-Option features dedicated Amplifier and Line/DI outputs. The Line/DI is fully balanced and electronically isolated. The outputs are capable of driving the longest of cable runs and will integrate with any professional studio setup, vintage or modern! A ground lift switch quickly fixes any rogue hums caused by annoying ground loop interactions.
Note: Optional 18V DC Supply required to engage transformer.