The Cali76 bass is regarded as one of, if not the best footswitch compressor available on the market today. The pedal was designed in order to give you a useable, high-quality compressor, without too much messing around with knobs that are hard to understand.
Origin Effects modelled their 76 compressor after the famed 1176, and even matched the compression curves from their pedals to the 1176. They have optimised that template for bass players by adding parallel compression and a side-chain filter.
The Jewel Light Meter
The Jewel light will act as a VU meter for you to visually monitor how much your signal is being compressed. If you want less compression and more dynamics, you can then turn down the ratio switch and push more dry signal into your amp.
The dry knob will allow you to dial in dry uncompressed tone so that you are running that fat bass sound, as well as the controlled, compressed sound into the same amp.
No Battery For Good Reason
The Cali76 Bass is a mains powered pedal only. It doesn't have a 9v battery slot, so that they could use the space for higher grade components, and so that they could have a high-current approach. Higher current will yield purer signal, and truer tone!
They've also made the pedal flexible in terms of the voltage it uses. So you can run the pedal on 9v or 18v and this will affect the sound of your compression in quite a big way.
The easiest way to remember it is, if you use it on 18v you will have more headroom and a slightly more 'open' sounding compressor
Here's What Origin Effects Say About The Cali76 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 optimised for bass and compressed the whole lot down into a pedalboard-friendly package!
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!
- 100% Class-A discrete signal path
- Classic, ultra fast “FET” response
- Studio-grade discrete-transistor preamp
- Combined Attack/Release control
- Dedicated Ratio control
- Dry Blend control for parallel compression
- Variable-frequency sidechain filter (HPF) control
- Rugged jewel-lamp gain reduction metering
- Optimised for bass but can process any source
- High-current, low-noise electronics
- Ultra-wide frequency response
- Ultra-high input impedance
- Silent switching
- High-quality “signal-conditioning” bypass mode
- Premium components throughout
- Advanced power supply filtering and protection
- Flexible external power requirements (9-18V DC)
- PSU Spec. 78mA @ 9V / 103mA @ 18V
- Designed and built in England