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A Review of Origin Effects - Tone That Stands the Test of Time

From humble beginnings in a small barn conversion in the Oxfordshire countryside to developing into an internationally renowned industry mainstay, Origin Effects has developed strength by strength through a genuine desire to produce highly-musical, superior-quality audio-tools, that just cannot be matched by profit-maximizing, “off-the-shelf” effects pedals. Each pedal is still individually hand built and hand finished in Origin Effects headquarters, Buckinghamshire UK

Lets go over a few of these high quality machines that we have in stock here at Rogue Guitar Shop! 

Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe


The Cali76 Compact Deluxe is an 1176-style studio-grade FET compressor, featuring high-current, low-noise, discrete Class-A circuitry and a dedicated parallel compression control all contained in one compact, stompbox-sized package! 

We've managed to build all of the functionality from our flagship Cali76 Standard into this little marvel and we've added the much-requested parallel mix control previously only found on our limited editions. Separate controls for Attack, Release and Ratio let you precisely tailor your tone, from transparent transient control to flat-out limiting and monster sustain. Meanwhile, the elegant jewel lamp functions as an intuitive three-colour gain reduction meter.
The ace in the hole is the Dry Blend control, which lets you mix your dry signal back in with your compressed guitar tone for true parallel compression. An indispensable studio recording technique, parallel compression gives you all of the tone thickening and increased sensitivity of the Cali76, while keeping hold of the natural dynamic expression in your playing. It's the ultimate in transparent compression and sustain. By blending your honest guitar tone together with more subtle compression, you can also create the kind of three-dimensional, sparkling tone that you're used to hearing on records, not coming out of your amp.
The Cali76 Compact Deluxe delivers natural, musical compression that will enhance the tone and playability of any instrument. The original 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 and design philosophy of the original.




Origin Effects Cali76-TX


This version of the Cali76 features an additional Class-A transistor stage driving a high-spec output transformer, plus a balanced line/DI output to add extra versatility in the studio and on stage. Choose between our custom iron-core transformer or a top-of-the-line Lundahl transformer.

When we launched the Cali76 back in 2012, it was, and still is, like nothing else on the market. With its large, brushed aluminium enclosure, studio-grade circuitry and astonishingly transparent sound, the Cali76 broke the mould in every department.

Though the award-winning Compact Deluxe has replaced the original large-format Cali76, packing exactly the same circuit topology and peerless performance into a smaller enclosure, the original transformer-equipped models remain highly sought-after by players, producers and collectors alike.

Key Features:

  • Ratio, Attack, Release, Input/Comp and Output controls

  • 12-stage LED gain-reduction meter

  • Custom-wound iron core (TX)

  • Amplifier output plus independent balanced line/DI output with pad and ground lift options

  • High/Low gain switch for transformer saturation

Technical Specifications:

  • 100% Class-A discrete signal path

  • Ultra fast “FET” response

  • Attack & Release controls

  • Studio-grade “discrete” preamplifier

  • Rugged VU-style meter

  • Low noise electronics

  • Class-A discrete output-amplifier driving transformer

  • Dual, low-impedance outputs (via audio transformer)

  • Unbalanced instrument-level output

  • Balanced Line-DI output*

  • Ground-lift function to eliminate ground induced hum

  • Gain-switch adjusts transformer saturation

  • Auto-Shutdown – preserves battery operation

  • PSU Spec. Min: 13mA @ 9V / 72mA @ 18V (PSU not included)

  • Suggested PSU Rating: 200mA for optimum start-up

  • Designed and built in England

 

 

Origin Revival Drive

 

The RevivalDRIVE is the first overdrive pedal from Origin Effects, the creators of the game-changing Cali76 and SlideRIG compressors. For these pedals, Origin took the legendary Urei 1176 as their inspiration. By following the same analogue circuit topology but adapting the design and components to work in a pedal format, they managed to deliver the sound and response of this classic studio compressor in a stompbox.

For the RevivalDRIVE, they’ve applied the same approach to overdrive. But rather than look at other effects, they’ve gone straight to the source of great overdriven tone – the vintage non-master-volume valve amps of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

The RevivalDRIVE houses an unabridged valve amp-style signal path, including the preamp, phase inverter, power amp and rectifier stages, a synthesised mains power signal and a speaker-emulating reactive load.

The footswitchable Valve Rectifier and Silicon Rectifier channels feature a comprehensive array of controls that let you adjust gain, preamp voicing, low-end distortion, presence and clean-to-overdriven break-up characteristics. You can also set how much of the ghosting effect you want and tweak power amp sag characteristics. The pedal features a fully variable, switchable mid-range boost, as well as a blend control that can be used to mix the dry and overdriven signals together.

The RevivalDRIVE also boasts clever EQ compensation features so that the player can adapt the pedal’s output to suit their amp of choice, or even plug straight into a PA or flat-response power amp.

 

 

Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Bass

The Cali76 Compact Bass is an 1176-style studio-grade FET compressor, complete with dedicated controls for parallel compression and side-chain filtering.
We’ve taken everything that was great about the original Cali76, added new features optimized for bass and compressed the whole lot down into a pedalboard-friendly package!

A single combined Attack/Release control provides a continuous sweep of useful settings while avoiding combinations that can result in ugly distortion artefacts creeping into the lower registers. Meanwhile, the elegant jewel lamp functions as a three-colour gain reduction meter, providing vital and intuitive feedback to the player.

In addition to this pedal’s low-noise circuitry and fast, musical FET response, two special features lift the Cali76 Compact Bass above the competition.

The first is the Dry Blend control, which lets you mix your dry signal back in with your compressed signal for true parallel compression, an indispensable studio recording technique. By combining the compressed and dry signals, you get all of the tone thickening and increased sensitivity of the Cali76’s 1176-style compression, while retaining the natural attack and dynamic expression in your playing. It’s the ultimate in transparent compression –  both fat and punchy at the same time.

This pedal’s second secret weapon is also culled from the studio engineer’s handbook. The Cali76 Compact Bass 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 dialed in, the compression ratio effectively becomes frequency dependent. The low strings come back 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. This unique bass compressor is like having your own studio engineer sat on your pedalboard!

 

 

 

For further info on our selection of Origin Effects contact Michael at the shop or jump on chat and we will hook you up!

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