Origin Effects Unveils Cali76 and SlideRig Compressor Pedals
Origin Effects Unveils Cali76 and SlideRig Compressor
Studio-grade FET compressors set a new standard for stompbox
British boutique effects manufacturer Origin Effects has
launched a pair of new compressor pedals that redefine the levels
of audio quality and performance available from a stompbox. Based
on the musical sound and dynamic response of the UREI 1176 - the
legendary FET compressor first introduced to recording studios in
the late 60s and heard on countless records since - the Cali76 and
SlideRig put studio-grade compression within reach of the average
guitarist, in a pedalboard-friendly format and powered by a 9V
Living up to the Origin Effects motto - "purity of tone" - these
pedals feature a fully Class-A discrete signal path, with
old-fashioned, high-end circuit design ensuring incredibly low
noise and the widest possible frequency bandwidth. The end result
is a full low end, sparkling highs and wonderfully transparent
compression, with a bright, clean attack and tons of
While the Cali76 offers the full complement of studio compressor
controls, including ratio, attack and release knobs plus a VU-style
gain reduction meter, the unique SlideRig features two FET
compressors chained together in one pedal for even more sustain and
sensitivity. Both pedals - which feature bespoke enclosures and are
100% made in the UK are available now direct from
www.origineffects.com priced £229/$299 each.
Origin Effects founder Simon Keats - an electronic engineer and
analogue circuit designer who has worked for the likes of Vox,
Focusrite and Trident Audio - explains how the Cali76 came
"The Cali76 was designed to get that musical UREI 1176 tone
into the hands of guitarists. The 1176 just sounds so much better
than the pedals most guitarists are used to, but of course the
price is prohibitive, as is transporting a large rack unit around
with you! So I stripped out the parts of the design that weren't
directly contributing to the tone and then optimised the circuit
for battery operation. I'm used to building high-end, custom studio
equipment and I wanted this pedal to be the same - sturdy and
reliable, with wide-bandwidth, low-noise, Class-A circuitry
throughout and no ICs in the signal path."
Meanwhile, the unique SlideRig pedal was inspired by Lowell
George's timeless slide guitar tones on the Little Feat album Dixie
Chicken. These were recorded using two UREI 1176s chained together
in front of the amp, creating a sound that's almost completely
clean yet delivers incredible sustain.
"The SlideRig is something I selfishly designed for myself
because I wanted to get that Little Feat sound!" Keats confesses.
"It's essentially two Cali76s in one box, without the metering and
with the attack and release controls moved inside. Chained
together, you get almost endless sustain and the guitar becomes
Keats sent the very first pedal he completed to Little Feat
guitarist Paul Barrere, who immediately made SlideRig #001 part of
his live and studio setup.
"The SlideRig is unbelievable," says Barrere. "It's
so clean! I've used it on the newest Little Feat recording and it's
remarkable how quiet it is. And having two settings makes it
perfect for live shows as you can step it up for soloing."
Other pro players who have already embraced the Cali76 and
SlideRig include Ben Lloyd and Tarrant Anderson (guitar and bass,
Frank Turner Band), slide virtuoso Michael Messer, guitarist and
producer Paul Stacey (Oasis, Black Crowes) and steel guitarist
Joshua Grange (kd lang).
While both pedals are optimised for electric guitar, the Cali76
is also great for bass and can be used with acoustic guitar,
vocals, piano or drums and to process just about any recorded
material. An upgraded version of the Cali76 - the Cali76
Transformer-Option (£325/$425) - features an additional Class-A
output amplifier with a custom-wound transformer, providing a
balanced line/DI output, pad and ground lift switches and further
options to subtly shape the pedal's tone and harmonic
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