A gentleman, who's band I'll be recording soon, asked me if I would build an Opti-Mu Prime for him. I normally would decline to make any pedals, but since he's planning to recording with me I decided to make an exception. This is the first exception I've made since the end of pedal production in 2014.
I took a look at the schematic for the first time in a couple years and almost laughed when I saw it. With all the R&D that's been going on with Trinity, I've really learned/evolved a lot in the past year, let alone the past 2 years. I'm kind of surprised the pedal worked as good as it did. Let me tell you, there's a lot of room for improvement and I already did it with this new build.
I was able to expand the range of compression drastically, allowing for both less and more compression than the original had. I was also able to increase the overall output volume considerably, while simultaneously lowering the THD and noise! There's more components now and the build is more complicated, but this new version is radically superior to the original in every way.
I'm seriously considering releasing 1 pedal in the future, which will be this pedal. I will call the new version, Opti-Mu II. Its probably going to sell for about $500, so definitely not your average cheapo compressor. My goal here was to make a vacuum tube powered studio compressor in a pedal, but for less than a $3600 tube studio compressor.
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Owner/Designer/Electronics Engineer at Lightning Boy Audio and Owner/Audio Engineer/Music Producer at LBA Studios.