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Jun 8, 2020

Strymon Compadre

 

We just got this from Strymon:

Compadre is something that we’ve been working on for a couple years, and we’re excited to tell you about it. We were actually ready to start shipping Compadre pedals back in early March, but we decided to hold off because of Covid-19. It’s clear that many people, including those in the music community have been deeply affected by the recent turn of events.

Probably one of the simplest devices released by the Californian company, the Strymon Compadre is an analog Swiss army knife for the tone chasers, providing compression, boost, and subtle color variations in one box.  The first two effects are controlled through two separate footswitches, while the color is added as an option to the boost as a three-way toggle switch that provides these EQ variations: Flat, Mid bump or High bump.

The compressor is the biggest part of this pedal, with a streamlined two-knob approach reminiscent of the classic studio rack unit LA2A and an extra Dry knob that lets you pull off the parallel compression trick that allows you to reintroduce some dynamics from the original performance. The compressor can operate in two modes: Studio and Squeeze:

Studio mode gives you the smooth, beautifully transparent compression typically found in the best vintage studio rack units. For a harder compression effect typical of classic guitar pedals, Compadre’s Squeeze mode is designed to deliver heavy compression with maximum sustain.

Strymon will be passing some of the earnings from this pedal to the Recording Academy’s Music Cares Covid-19 relief fund. They’re providing resources to help musicians that have been without work due to venue closures, event cancellations and travel restrictions.

Start your signal chain with the best possible version of your guitar tone. Treat your guitar signal to true studio quality analog compression with two distinct voices for smooth transparency or vintage squeeze. Hit the Boost switch to add clean boost or soft-clipped dirty boost, with the EQ curve of your choice. Mix in some dry signal for natural attack even with extreme compression settings. Feel the perfectly tailored dynamic response, feeding your amp and effects just what they need to sound their best.

From pickups, tubes, capacitors, to speaker cabinets—the aspects of a rig that can be upgraded or changed are nearly endless. Plug in Compadre and you may find you already have everything you need for the tone you’ve been seeking.

Bring out your amp’s character in ways you never thought possible. Compadre’s Class A JFET input circuit, studio quality analog compression, and musically voiced analog boost circuits all work together to make your amp sound like it was just modified by a world-class boutique amp designer.

Compadre gives you everything you need to shape your front end tone, and nothing to slow you down. Auto makeup gain and auto threshold mean that all you have to do is turn up the Compression knob to dial in the desired amount. Compadre’s wide variety of tone shaping features are all designed to easily sound great across a wide variety of settings.

Choose between two compression circuits, each with its own unique character. Studio mode gives you the smooth, beautifully transparent compression typically found in the best vintage studio rack units. For a harder compression effect typical of classic guitar pedals, Compadre’s Squeeze mode is designed to deliver heavy compression with maximum sustain.

Compadre gives you two distinct analog boost circuits: a clean boost, and a dirty boost that introduces soft clipping, characteristic of an overdrive pedal. The selectable boost EQ ensures the perfect compliment to any guitar and amp combination. Add sparkle and shine with a treble boost, fatten your tone with the midrange boost, or level up the full frequency range with flat mode.