Customer concerns about powering the Op-2 Comp:
Question: what are you planning to offer or recommend as a power supply for the Op-2 Comp now that you've switched over to 12v?
Answer: We have tested a number of wall wart style 12VDC power supplies for low noise and selected the one we feel performs the best. We are now offering a TC Electronics branded supply for optional purchase with the Op-2 Comp.
Question: What if I don't want a wall wart? I want to power all my pedals from one power supply/brick. Not a wall wart and no daisy chains.
Answer: There are many products on the market that supply at least 400mA at 12v and also supplies 9v to multiple jacks. Some examples are the Voodoo Lab 4x4, Voodoo Lab ISO-5, Eventide Powerfactor 2, Cioks Big John, AC10, DC10, TC10, Ciokolate and the upcoming DC10 Link. Additionally, the TRex Goliath has 12vdc at 450 ma outputs. While a bit more obscure, Yankee Power has several power supply products that can supply 12 vdc at 400 ma minimum.
Question: But I already have the MXR Iso Brick. I need something that can power your 12v pedal(s) and the Iso Brick, which needs 18V DC @ 2A regulated.
Answer: I'm not aware of anything that does exactly that. In this situation, the only solution I can think of is a custom power supply that I could build for you. It would have 3 regulated DC outputs. Two 12v 400mA outs and one 18v 2A out, all isolated. Not an inexpensive solution though!
I have been working closely with Cyrus from Ovnilab to make improvements to the design of Op-2 Comp. He has been playing with the pedal and gave me some valuable recommendations for improving the product. I did not take what he said lightly. Since Op-2 Comp hasn't been released yet, I made all the changes he suggested. Here's the list of changes:
Unfortunately, Gearmanndude reviewed the pedal before the revision A update, so we're working on putting together a shootout video of the original design vs Revision A. The difference is massive, so that's why we decided to go with Rev A for the official release.
Since Op-2 Comp is an evolution of Opti-Mu Prime and I feel its a massive one, I wanted to share this cool little A/B comparison I put together with a youtube playlist. Both the Opti-Mu Prime and Op-2 Comp pedals are demo'd by Gearmanndude. I think the difference between the two is pretty obvious and it says a ton about how far LBA has come and where LBA is going. You can check out this cool little 2 video playlist by clicking right here.
It has been a difficult decision to make, but I have decided we will do a greater degree of tube selection for Op-2 Comp. Basically, we will be selecting tubes that exhibit high gain and low noise for use in Op-2 Comp. This accounts for about 17% off all the NOS 12AU7 tubes I buy. Its going to be an expensive practice, but I find the benefits outweigh the costs. With high gain low noise tubes installed in Op-2 Comp, it is able to boost your signal by about 10-15% after the compression is turned up all the way. Now, that's pretty cool! But, with these tubes the pedal also creates significantly more compression... in the realm of about 15-20% more!!! Now we're talking. I feel like this makes the pedal more desirable overall. Instead of just offering some special version of the pedal as option, we'll just make all the pedals the same badass premium quality.
Introducing Jon Clarke, Lightning Boy Audio's newest member. Jon will be the man behind assembly and wiring of every Op-2 Comp pedal to ship out. Lightning Boy Audio accepts nothing less than the best and Jon is just that. He's been trained in the ways of the Lightning and will deliver the same high quality you have grown to expect from LBA. Every pedal will be bench tested and guitar tested, followed by a final inspection by Op-2 Comp designer and LBA founder, Mike Congilosi II. We build things with redundancy features to ensure long life. We also perform redundancy tests to be 100% sure everything that leaves LBA is perfect and will remain that way for a long time.
Now that everything is up and running, work has continued on getting the new products ready for their releases. Op-2 Comp has a product photo shoot scheduled for this weekend with Bryan Wray. Two pedals are going out for review this week. Jon Clarke started training, learning the craft of P2P wiring and the art of LBA pedal building. Today, the first batch of official pedals are coming off the CNC and Laser Engraving machines. We're hustling to get everything done in time for the product release. Stay tuned and keep a look out for Op-2 Comp... the tone of this pedal is inspiring!
Today is moving day, a day I have been working towards and anticipating for a while. Today is the first day of the new lab at a new location. The last few large items are being moved out of my basement lab this morning and transported over to the new lab, which is in the same building as LBA Studios. It makes so much sense to have everything under one roof, but there was never enough available space until now. Not only does it makes sense to have everything under one roof, but I also outgrew my old basement lab. It would have been impossible to bring on new help with LBA unless I moved the lab to a larger space. The room for the new lab is going to be a work in progress for a little while, but it is move-in ready now. Its the upper level of a two story pitched-roof warehouse-style building. The level LBA Labs is on has a very high ceiling, around 18-20' in the center. This particular building is connected to the studio building through an added-on lobby. The lab's building is super old - originally constructed in the 1800's as a hardware store where they made all their own hardware in house (the manufacturing of hardware items was done in the new lab area). There have been crews of Amish men at the building over the past couple weeks working on the walls. They put up all new steel siding on the outside of the building, but also on the inside walls. Its a white baked enamel coating on the steel siding. It makes the lab space look very industrial. The newest member of LBA, Jon Clarke will be meeting up today to help with setting up the new lab. Jon's going to be the man assembling and wiring up all the Op-2 Comp pedals I recently designed.
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Owner/Designer/Electronics Engineer at Lightning Boy Audio and Owner/Audio Engineer/Music Producer at LBA Studios.