I was originally going to build an Opti-Mu Prime pedal for Danny Imig (The Elektra Kings). Its been a few years since looking at the schematic, and in those years I learned/developed/evolved so very much. I decided to redesign the pedal to perform exactly the way I had originally dreamed. Yes, I fell far short from my original dream when I released the pedal. Honestly, Opti-Mu Prime was a very good pedal, but it always had me feeling like it wasn't good enough. I sort of swept it under the rug, but some moment of fate brought me to take another look.
The new pedal is very different, but is based on the original design to some extent. On the outside it looks very similar... 2 tubes, and all the same controls. The tubes function differently now, the range of compression has been expanded by 75%, the noise floor has been lowered by 50%, the output volume has been increased by 35%, and the pedal has a great deal more clarity than ever before. Its so much better and so wildly different that it really needs a new name... thus, the "Op-2 Comp." It is now a straight up vacuum tube powered optical compressor. It has an ultra fast attack time from its LED light source, but with the beautiful and legendary auto-release characteristics of the much famous LA2A studio compressor. The soft and hard knee controls are also more obvious sounding than in the original Opti-Mu Prime. You can now distinctly hear a significant tonal difference between the two different compression attack slopes.
Its a seriously badass pedal, which I promise to released in the future.
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Owner/Designer/Electronics Engineer at Lightning Boy Audio and Owner/Audio Engineer/Music Producer at LBA Studios.