Introducing the Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor & Clean Boost

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  1. strymon

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    Any clippage available? Great *looking* pedal, neat idea, love to hear it.
     
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    Thanks for the post!
    Hoping to have some clips up on the site very soon.

    Terry
     
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    Wow!!!! Very interested in trying this one out.
     
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    very cool looking products!

    OB.1 has a really nice-looking design, as well;
    and,
    i totally dig the website design; excellent!

    a little bio of yourself might be nice, too.

    in any case:
    i look forward to trying the pedal.

    dt / spltrcl

    ps:
    with no "insult" intended, at all:
    the spelling is innovatOrs.
     
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    Cool idea for a pedal, looks great too!!!
     
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    This looks like something that could be way useful for me...
     
  8. Dana Olsen

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    Me too Ken and David - a combo comp/ clean boost/ treble boost could be very usable onstage.

    The design is very classy looking, IMHO.

    Hey Terry - nice to see you post here. Please try to get a sound demo - video would be wonderful, so we can listen as the demo player plays while they turn the knobs and engage the switches.

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
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    Thanks Dana and everyone who posted above!

    We've just finished recording our first batch of clips and we'll be putting them up on the site just as soon as we possibly can. Thanks for your interest!

    Terry
     
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    Just received my OB-1 . Very cool look . Excellent bypassed sound. Very quiet. This comp is very subtle . I turn the comp knob up all the way and I don't hear the squashing that occurs with some comps. Very musical sounding and plenty of volume if needed. The boost section is cool too. I haven't experimented with the internal switches. It sounds best to me with the outer switch in the fat position. The mid and treble switch positions seem a bit extreme but I will alter the internal switches and see what happens. If you want a compressor that is obvious and everyone knows the compressor is engaged this might not be the one for you. If you want a great sounding compressor that is quiet , sounds real natural and gives you subtle quality compression then you would love this pedal. Its staying on my board.
     
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    Have you ever tried the Diamond Comp? If so, how do they compare....does the Strymon have more compression?
     
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    Clips sound great!

    Got my OB.1 today, will try to plug it in tonight and give an initial review.
     
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    It looks like the boost is after the compressor, right? Thanks, -Dennis
     
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    Correct . The comp has to be engaged for the boost to work.
     
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    Got my OB.1 a few weeks ago and finally had a chance to try this at last weekends gig. I'm normally not a big 'compressor' guy but I have to say it works quite well for my needs. I don't like the hard 'pop' on the attack of most compressors and if your that guy this is the compressor for you. It's a very smooth compression that doesn't put a full on smash to my tone which I'm loving. I basically kept it on all night running my lap steel through it. The boost was great for solos and just worked so it was just right getting my guitar to balance out with the heavy output of my steel when I changed up. It's going to stay in my chain...and for this band that's saying something...a volume pedal and a/b switcher are the only other pedals.
     
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    Strymon, could you pop in and say whether the boost is pre or post compression? Rreiser above fails to observe that engaging the effect circuit is not necessarily the same as knowing which effect comes first in the chain. ;)

    Also, have you tested this pedal on bass yet? Any loss of lows?
     
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    True, one of the reasons I had to return mine. I need an independant boost.
     
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    Thanks for asking bongo,

    The boost is post compression. So, the signal flow in the OB.1 is: optical compressor -> boost. Of course, the boost can be engaged or disengaged with the second footswitch. Another nice feature is that the compressor can be effectively taken out of circuit by turning the comp knob to zero. This allows the boost to be used without any compression if someone so desires.

    We HAVE actually tested it on bass with great results. The OB.1 is optimized for guitar in it's standard shipping configuration, however we have an easy mod that optimizes it for bass guitar. Anyone who would like to can ask us at the time of purchase and we'll do the bass guitar mod free of charge.

    Terry
     

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