Origin Effects Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe Review – Best Compression Pedals?


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Summary:

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Origin Effects took the guitar playing community by storm a couple years ago when they released the Cali76 Limiting Amplifier, a compression pedal that replicated the performance of the legendary Urei/Universal Audio 1176 FET Compressor. While the many variations of this inspired pedal (including the Cali76-STD, Cali76-TX, Cali76-TX-L, Cali76-TX-P, Cali76-TX-LP, Cali76-G, & Cali76-G-P) have attained instant classic status due to their best-in-class sounds, there’s always been one not-so-“small” problem for some guitarists: the original Cali76 pedals are BIG. Though many guitarists realize the critical impact a quality compressor can have on their overall guitar sound, some can’t justify removing 3 standard sized pedals from their pedalboard to accommodate a massive Cali76. While it’s been a long time coming, the Cali76 Compact (Cali76-C) and Cali76 Compact Deluxe (Cali76-CD) have finally arrived, promising the tones and features of the Cali76-STD and more at a fraction of the size.

The Cali76-C & Cali76-CD start by being only 1/3 the size of the larger Cali76 units. This immediately makes them seem like a more enticing addition to a crowded pedalboard. The idea of having the original Cali76-STD sound in a significantly smaller pedal will already be enough to sell many guitarists. What’s more, the Cali76 Compact Deluxe also features the “Dry Mix” option found on the Limited Edition Cali76 “P” pedals that offers true parallel compression possibilities. While the Compact Deluxe (Cali76-CD) appears to be a 1:1 Cali76-STD in terms of parameter knob functions with a bonus “Dry” control, the regular Cali76 Compact (Cali76-C) differs in that it offers a simplified take on the Cali76 concept. There’s no Dry knob, the Attack & Release are combined in one knob, and the Ratio knob is replaced with a 2-position “High/Low” Ratio switch. While it appears stripped down in terms of functionality, Origin Effects assures us that the Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe have made no sacrifices in terms of sound quality and tone. (And as I discovered, performance is even enhanced in some areas!)

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As we’ve already reviewed the original Cali76-STD, the Cali76-TX (featuring Origin Effects’ custom “iron core” transformer), and the Cali76-TX-LP (with an ultra high grade Lundahl transformer, parallel compression “Dry Mix” option, and foot-switchable boost), we’re going to focus on discerning whether or not there are any differences to be observed in the performance of these 2 Compact Cali76 pedals. (See our Origin Effects Cali76 review for the in-depth story on the former pedals.) As we still have the Cali76-TX-LP on hand from our previous article, this affords us the opportunity to run it at 9-volts in “Cali76-STD mode” alongside the Cali76-C & Cali76-CD to compare. When the larger transformer-equipped units are powered at only 9-volts the transformer is bypassed to produce the sound and tone of the original Cali76-STD pedal. Since our Cali76-TX-LP also has the “Dry Mix” option, some better side-by-side assessments can be made in particular with the Cali76-CD and its own dedicated Dry function.

Here’s a brief feature rundown of the Cali76-C & Cali76-CD before we dig in with our Origin Effects Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe review.

Features:

  • 100% Class-A discrete signal path
  • Classic, ultra fast “FET” response
  • Studio-grade discrete-transistor preamp
  • Optimized for guitar but can process any source
  • High-current, low-noise electronics
  • Ultra-wide frequency response
  • Ultra-high input impedance
  • Silent switching
  • High-quality “signal-conditioning” bypass mode
  • Premium components throughout
  • Advanced power supply filtering and protection
  • Flexible external power requirements (9-18V DC)
  • Designed and built in England

Cali76 Compact (Cali76-C):

  • Combined Attack/Release control
  • Dual-position Ratio switch
  • PSU Spec. 42mA @ 9V / 58mA @ 18V

Cali76 Compact Deluxe (Cali76-CD):

  • Dedicated Attack, Release and Ratio controls
  • Dry Blend control for parallel compression
  • Rugged jewel-lamp gain reduction metering
  • PSU Spec. 77mA @ 9V / 104mA @ 18V

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Sound & Performance:

Origin Effects may have only been around for a few years, but lead engineer, Simon Keats, has been designing and building high quality, studio grade hardware for decades. Simon had already accomplished a masterful feat of engineering in shrinking down the venerable Urei 1176 rack-mounted compression unit into a pedal format, but to reduce the Cali76 Compact/Compact Deluxe foot-print to only 1/3 of the size of its universally acclaimed predecessors seems beyond belief. While Mr. Keats made every attempt to mimic the topology of the Urei 1176 in the original Cali76 units, as these pedals grow smaller you’d think that surely some sacrifice of tone would be made. Miraculously, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. While I claim no authority about whether or not the Cali76-STD or its transformer-equipped variations perfectly capture the “tone” of the Urei 1176 (as the old vintage Urei units and the Universal Audio reissues will show somewhat differing tonal characteristics anyway), the most important thing here is how the Compact units sound in relation to the original Cali76-STD (which these pedals replace) and how they stand on their own in general.

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Let’s first dig in with the Cali76 Compact Deluxe as it appears to be the more exciting pedal at first glance, being loaded to the brim with features. Plugging in and kicking it on produces that familiar Cali76 feel of adding to the responsiveness felt between my guitar and amp. Whether its owed to the ultra high quality components used, the general FET compression design, or some ineffable quality unknown to me, the Cali76 Compact Deluxe produces the same compression magic found in any of its larger brethren. The “In” knob increases the input signal, acting as a “Threshold” style control by increasing how much of your signal will be compressed. The Ratio dials up the squash evening out your transients and dynamics in accordance to how high you’ve set the Input and varies between a lighter 4:1 ratio to a heavy 20:1 ratio. The Attack & Release serve the familiar duties of articulating the way the pedal compresses your guitar signal, how fast it’s compressed and how fast it returns your signal to its original volume level. The Cali76-CD offers a familiar style of attenuating your sound if you’ve used a studio compressor with a similar control set or any of the larger Cali76 pedals. (I’ll cover the Dry knob in a moment.)

In my original impressions of the Cali76-STD I recall the sense of transparency I heard in the unit, and I hear it all the same in both the Cali76-CD & Cali76-C pedals. Some FET based compressors are well-regarded for their character rich coloration. These qualities are also due in part to the transformers used in such units as I discovered when comparing the Cali76-TX (more colored) & Cali76-TX-LP (more transparent). Either way, the transformer-less Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe are in that same realm of transparency as the Cali76-STD. While I spent most of my time with the Compact units on their own, the comparison to the Cali76-STD sound became more apparent when I pulled out the Cali76-TX-LP.

In running the Cali76-TX-LP at only 9-volts the unit bypasses its Lundahl transformer to sound identical to the Cali76-STD when its also powered at 9-volts (again, see our original Origin Effects Cali76 review). This allowed me to play the TX-LP side-by-side with the Cali76-C & Cali76-CD to see how accurately the Compact Series produces the tones of the original Cali76-STD. Also, to prevent any possible tonal coloration from the “always-on” buffers in any of the pedals, I used a true bypass effects switcher in my review testing. Both the Cali76-C & Cali76-CD nail the classic tones of the Cali76-STD on most settings. Experienced ears may hear some slight variations on some settings, but these differences are marginal if noticeable at all. (See our review YouTube video above to hear for yourself.) Simply put, in terms of tone alone, both of these pedals are worthy successors to the now discontinued “Standard” Cali76 pedal. Also, in regards to the sacrificed “Boost” function of the TX-LP that won’t fit on the Compact Series due to their smaller size, it was a novel addition to the TX-LP to add some extra utility and fill in the extra space on its huge surface, but I’d happily do without it to have room on my pedalboard for a separate clean boost and overdrive pedal of my choosing.

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There is one noteworthy difference to be aware of. On similar settings (particularly “In” and “Out”) on the TX-LP in STD mode and the Compact units, the Cali76-C & Cali76-CD each produce a noticeably higher output level than their larger sibling. My original guesses were that Origin Effects either hot-rodded the Output on the Compact Series or perhaps different potentiometer tolerances meant that you have to set the knobs at slightly different positions to produce identical sounds. Origin Effects said that it’s actually “due to the fact that the ratio curves are a little more accurate compared to the older models”. Apparently, the changes in topology to shrink down the Cali76 circuit also uncovered areas for minor improvement to an already near-perfect formula. Either way, a slight reduction of the “Out” knob on the compact pedals serves the trick of helping to match the level of the Cali76-STD if you’re used to playing the larger model. (In the review demo I instead boost the TX-LP when matching levels.) But while it’s clear that the Compact Series delivers the goods, you shouldn’t get stuck on trying to create the exact sound of the Cali76-STD on the exact same settings. As always you should let your ears guide you to the settings that work best with your guitar rig depending on the context you’re in.

Perhaps the second biggest draw of the Cali76 Compact Deluxe (after its size) is the Dry knob. There are some that argue against the necessity of having a Blend knob on guitar compressor pedals as it kind of defeats the purpose of using compression in the first place. But having dedicated Wet (“Out”) and Dry controls in this case offers an arguably more authentic way of achieving parallel compression, a desired way of using compression in the studio. Essentially, you use the Dry to set your signal level and bring in the compressed signal up in the mix via Out until desired results are achieved. On percussion elements like drums this adds more of a transient emphasis for thicker, meatier sounds. On vocals engineers would sometimes bring in a hint of the compressed element precisely for the desired coloration of the compression. While the general transparency of the Cali76 Compact Deluxe makes it less suited for “coloring” your tone with compression, you’ll still find all kinds of useful sounds from subtle to extreme. For guitar, this technique will help you create a sound that isn’t so obviously compressed due to the retained dynamics of your Dry signal but with increased sustain from the compressed signal being blended in with the Out knob. The Dry knob’s versatility when it comes to adding as little or as much compression as you want, carefully mixed in with your uncompressed signal, also makes the Cali76 Compact Deluxe one of the best “always-on” compression pedals around.

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Now let’s talk about the Cali76 Compact (Cali76-C). At a glance the “knob snobs” might see this as just a cost-saving, stripped down unit. Well, it is actually. But this is one of the more thoughtfully “stripped down” pedals I’ve played and should in no way be considered as an inferior product. As alluded to previously, the Cali76-C makes no sacrifices in terms of tone compared to the Cali76-CD. But it does a few things differently, and these unique features will be of particular interest to some guitar players. First, the Dry knob function is absent, putting the Compact in line with the larger Standard unit which didn’t include a “Dry Mix” function. Second, the variable Ratio knob is replaced with a simple High/Low Ratio switch for choosing between a greater or lesser compression ratio (Low is 4:1, High is 20:1). Third, and most interestingly, the Attack & Release knobs of the Compact Deluxe are combined into a single knob. This proves to be incredibly useful and intuitive in practice. A balanced blend between Attack & Release is always at hand. Basically, the most essential elements (In & Out knobs) are retained while the rest of the parameters have been optimized for easily dialing in quality compression sounds. This makes the Cali76-C a clear step up in terms of sound quality compared to most 2 & 3-knob compression pedals while maintaining an easy-to-use control setup for those who don’t like twiddling with too many knobs. If you like the way the Cali76 sounds but were intimidated by its size and control layout, the Cali76 Compact is for you.

Yes, the sound quality of the Cali76-STD is ever present in these pedals. I hope you didn’t doubt that Origin Effects could pull it off. Since they discontinued the original Cali76-STD (the TX & TX-L are still available!) it was obvious that they believed the Compact units lived up to their original intentions. The only thing missing is the row of LEDs indicating the gain reduction taking place (although the Compact Deluxe has a cool multi-colored jeweled LED that provides visual feedback). Another noteworthy feature on both pedals are their new active bypass foot-switches. The compression fades in when you activate the pedals to avoid any audible “pops” or “clicks”. If you hate loud foot-switches, you’ll greatly appreciate this subtle addition. It won’t make a difference if you leave your compressor on all the time, but you’ll love it when you do happen to step on it and realize there’s no harsh clicking sound coming out of your speakers. Just be aware that if you’re kicking it in for a solo, make sure it’s activated at least a split-second before you hit the first note to get around the quick fade-in. It’s also worth mentioning again that the increased volume output on the Compact Series adds some boosting qualities if you like having clean boost potential from your compressor.

The Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe are serious business, and Origin Effects has indeed done it again. While I can’t wait until Simon & Co. venture into other styles of guitar pedals beyond compression, the Cali76 will always be the origin of it all. Let’s see the final result.

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Overall-Rating-5.0

The Origin Effects Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe take the modern classic Cali76 to greater heights in a smaller foot-print. While owners of the original Cali76-STD will no doubt be contemplating making the switch to one of the smaller units to gain some pedalboard real estate, I expect a flood of new guitarists will also now jump on the Cali76 bandwagon. The Cali76-C & Cali76-CD both nail comparable tones to the Cali76-STD. The Cali76 Compact Deluxe has in-depth, studio-style control and a parallel compression “Dry” option for guitarists who really like to dial in their compression tones. The Cali76 Compact keeps things simple for getting iconic 1176-like compression without the hassle and is a serious upgrade from your average 2 or 3-knob compressor pedal. Origin Effects now has 2 more entries in their resumé that are among the best compression pedals you’ll ever play.

That concludes our Origin Effects Cali76-C Compact & Cali76-CD Compact Deluxe review. Thanks for reading.

 

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  1. rorytheherb says:

    just got a compact deluxe (special gold edition) to use with my acoustic/electric and it is awesomely good i dont think i will find a reason to ever bypass this pedal it makes everything better.

    one nit to pick is that it gives a volume boost and i cannot set it to unity gain. is it possible that this is because my acoustic-electric has a preamp? even at low guitar volumes and low output levels on the pedal i get a boost. honestly it shouldnt do this for this $$$. luckily i wont be bypassing it any time soon so i guess it doesnt bother me!

  2. If its good enough for Andy Bell (Oasis/Beedy Eye/Ride)/Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)
    And David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
    this might just replace my Xotic SP too…..

  3. Andy Lopez says:

    One of the best compressor pedals out there! I am an owner of a keeley 2 knob comp but I would definitely sell or even give away my comp if I get hold of one of these fantastic units. Also wanted to say fantastic in depth review!

  4. Chris Aguilar says:

    The only compressors I would replace my Xotic SP with are the Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe! I chose the SP over the bulky STD, but now I have a Cali that will fit right in on my board. Hope to win one!

  5. My friend has the big box version and it sounds amazing. If they got that sound down into these I’m definitely purchasing one.

  6. Would love to check out this sound.

  7. These Cali76 compressors sound great-really like a studio unit,but in a compact pedal.They leave the original tone,unlike my Ibanez CP835(though I still love that one like a pet).

  8. Peter Busatto says:

    Would love to win these pedals!

  9. Ben Lacey says:

    Great review. Great pedals. Just disappearing off to google my local stockist now

  10. Chloe MacDonald says:

    Ah, man. I love compresser pedals.

  11. Nick Tynan says:

    An 1176 in a compact pedal form!?! Classic professional sounds for the tone obsessed guitar player. Love it. Been looking for a transparent replacement to a compressor I’m tired of at the front of my chain. The blend knob is a must and from this review sounds like it could be the compressor for me

  12. Clark yost says:

    I like it. It will work into my sound.

  13. I have a friend who has one of these on their board, amazing sound.

  14. Meisha Rudd says:

    Seriously so great. I would love to own one! Great review :)

  15. Jan-Paul Campeau says:

    Love these pedals. I do a lot of chicken picken’ so compressors are an integral part of what I do, always looking for the ultimate comp and I think this is the one!

  16. I really dig the amp pilot light look to their pedals. Really great sounding demos as usual.

  17. John Bleeker says:

    I’m so excited for the new format. The thing that was keeping me from the large format was the fact that it would take half my pedalboard. So glad to see a more manageable form factor.

  18. James Phegan says:

    These look awesome. Good review. Want want!

  19. Wonderful feel emitting from both the C and CD. As you’ve said in your review, no significant tone quality was lost in the physical downsizing from the bulky STD. Both seem to successfully capture that classic rock compressed envelope, and leave the floor open for a solo explosion at any minute. I was definitely getting a Zep feel and Gabe started playing Ten Years Gone right then. Been upgrading my pedal board this month and am still in need of a good comp. I would use the Cali76-CD to lay down some contemporary conquest on the classic roots in joyous tribute. Might have to pick the CD up… Well done!

  20. I play synths through guitar-pedals and an amp and a compressor would be great to control my extreme sounds and levels.

  21. Really transparent, doesn’t kill the tone

  22. Wow those sound good.

  23. Origin Effects Cali76 Compact & Compact Deluxe are for sure amazing pedals. The first choice to a pedalboard wthout a doubt.

  24. Daniel arganda says:

    I’d love to have one of these pedals, they sound and look great.

  25. These sound great, smooth and round–liking the big LED on the Deluxe.

  26. Steven Perry says:

    They look so clean and sound great! Well done.

  27. Been reading a bunch of compressor reviews and glad I came across this one.

  28. jimmyherzios says:

    wooow! great pedal!!!

  29. Andrew Strauch says:

    Been looking forever for a compressor to round out the pedal board, these definitely just went to the top of the list!

  30. I love the sound and asthetics. Such a nice pedal. I really need a good compressor too…

  31. Daan Romein says:

    I just love compressing things. Life is like a box of compressions, you never now what you’re gonna compress. I think it was Ghandi who said that!

  32. Cory Gaffney says:

    This pedal looks so classy, I love it!

  33. I’ve had a lot of compressors before. From the looks and sound of it, it seems very versatile and definitely high-end.

  34. James mitchell says:

    Listed after these for years. The new compact size makes the California a board friendly must have.

  35. Samuel King says:

    Perfection!

  36. These have been on my wish list for a while!

  37. Cory Branan says:

    The big Cali 76 with iron core transformer I had (but sadly had to sell for pedal board real estate) was by far the best compressor I’ve ever used. Stoked to check out the compact deluxe; especially the dry mix feature.

  38. Luke Mundy says:

    Great, comprehensive review! I’ve always struggled to utilize compression and I bet the dry mix option would help me dial in the sounds I want.

  39. Loved the big version, and held out with it on my board for longer than most guys I know, but had to take it down due to space issues at some point. Will try one of these for sure!

  40. Great review!

  41. Marshal Tofte says:

    COMPRESSION!

  42. Brian furman says:

    Perect timing for this giveaway, my current compressor keeps crapping out lately and if be the talk of my block with this beauty!

  43. Corey brooks says:

    Love the review. However, I’m only here for the giveaway :)

  44. Mike herring says:

    Sounds awesome! Love these comps!

  45. Amazing compressors in pedal format these days..

  46. Dinis Figueira says:

    Best of the best…

  47. Wade Gardner says:

    The Cali 76 is sweet, on my want list for slide guitar!

  48. Giuseppe Fugazza says:

    the best compressor !!

  49. Frankie Gibson says:

    Got to get me one of those doohickeys

  50. Nice review! Pro level gear!

  51. Very nice! One of these might even make my crappy SS amp sound good. :)

  52. Phil from Philly says:

    I think Origin Effects has addressed the biggest hurdle to this pedal and met the trend in effects pedals. Smaller is better when it comes to effects, as we are in the golden age of pedals and guitarist want options on their board. I think the The Cali76 Compact Deluxe is great because of the parallel compression. I like to really dial in my level of compression so any compressor that doesn’t allow for this not an option for me.

  53. Tom Mycock says:

    Lovely bit of kit… want!

  54. Nice review! Will be soon looking for this

  55. After looking at the video, the sound that you can achieve with these pedals is awesome… that old sound that takes you to a funky past

  56. Great review, I think you’ve just identified my next pedal

  57. These sound killer – I’d love one as my new always-on compressor for my home/recording rig. My current pedal compressor is based on the MXR DynaComp, and I love how it sounds but it’s so noisy that I have to keep its compression level lower than I’d usually prefer. This would be some utter magic through my old Gibson tube amps!

  58. This would be so nice for my live tone

  59. I’ve been through a dozen compressors, can never seem to get the flexibility I need out of one. Such a critical tool, so hard to find. Never used the large format Cali, but all signs point to this compact version being just the ticket! Great Demo as always!

  60. Very nice pedal. The first thing I would try is to have high input with low output, which would probably have a neat sound.

  61. This is a great review on some truly great pedals! Nice demo guys!

  62. Peter Johnson says:

    These things sound incredible. Coming from a studio background I always thought it would be nice to use an 1176 live, and now I can.

  63. Gage carter says:

    Wow haha I would literally use this on everything ha

  64. Great demo! The Dry knob really opens up a lot of possibilities. Have you tried any of these in front of a distorted amplifier; or before and after an overdrive pedal?

  65. Loved the 76-tx while i had it – sadly it was stolen after a show in oakland! Stoked that these new ones have a dry mix though- i think that was the only mixing piece for me

  66. Would love to hear the legendary Cali76 in a compact foot print.

  67. I would love to be able to try one of these Calis on my board. I hear only great things.

  68. Jon Diener says:

    I currently own an original Cali76 (full-size) and love it! But a compact version would be a perfect addition to my pedalboard!

  69. Would love to win either of these! Could work wonders for some vocals or acoustic guitar with my band every week.

  70. Awesome compressor…would love to replace my current compressor with one of these!

  71. giuseppe centi says:

    Nice ‘step-by-step’ guide

  72. Always wanted to try one of these!

  73. Hands down, the best compressor I’ve ever tried, and I have tried among the best ones out there. Simply unbelievable.

  74. Hands down, the best compressor I’ve ever tried, and I have tried among the best ones out there. Simply unbelievable.

  75. The demo looks good guys! I’d love to have one of those compressors on my board!

  76. Dennis Berkovic says:

    Love the demo!

  77. Now that a compressor like this
    Managed to be reduced to this size
    There is no question I (need!) can put it on my board!
    Awsome!

  78. dave grimes says:

    love one of these

  79. Alfredo Espinosa says:

    Excellent compressors, I’m impressed by the Compact Deluxe!!

  80. Mª Victoria Gómez says:

    Only I know from youtube videos and I love their sound.

  81. Just what I (and probably everyone else needs). Cali76 compressors for everyone! Great review

  82. Stew Guernsey says:

    Great Compressors!

  83. If I have them then I will try it with acoustic guitar :)

  84. These would be a tremendous addition to my rig. As a praise and worship musician I am limited many times by the size of the venue and cannot get the “UMPH” out of my LSS that I would like to have. A pedal such as this would assist me with my search for “THAT TONE.”

  85. That compact deluxe sounds incredible! Gotta have 1!

  86. jason tomczak says:

    I tried my friend’s full sized cali76 and it was amazing!!! I can’t wait to get one of the smaller ones.

  87. Great pedals and id love to have them!

  88. amazing high end comp which is also great for recording. want it!

  89. Christopher Andreasen says:

    Ohhhh brother I gotta get me one’a those Origins!

  90. Oh man, I so need one of these compressors!

  91. Bruno Caio de Oliveira says:

    Prime quality effects!!
    Top 10 in my wishlist.

  92. David Outten says:

    Man these sound great. I’ve been shopping hard for a compressor lately. Having never played a compressor, I’m pretty intrigued by how it can improve my tone. These look like they could be the answer.

    If I could see Origin Effects making a new product, it’d be a boost/buffer from this pedal line, so folks can put that amazing conpression at the beginning of the chain, and that boost at the end.

  93. Gotta have this one!

  94. Mike Prentice says:

    Want… So much want….

  95. I want one! The compact formfactor and the more appealing price are making these my wish for x-mas…

  96. Steven Bastian says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about the Cali. Gotta have one!

  97. nice!

  98. Mathieu Simard says:

    Nice review

  99. Great review as always!

  100. Andreas Skeidsvoll says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking about getting a compressor after starting to pick more with my fingers lately. Seems like I should give these a serious consideration… :)

  101. Can´t wait to have one, sounds fantastic!

  102. Sounds phenomenal! I want one!

  103. David Peters says:

    Great sounding pedal and great review. Would really like to add this
    to my pedal board and don’t mind being a bandwagon jumper at all!

  104. Cleamon Jones says:

    Wow these are some fantastic effects. I would love to get my hands on these.

  105. Love my Cali76-Standard courtesy of Best Guitar Effects – I still owe you guys a pic! A compact Cali76 would be great on my smaller gig board and leave the big one in my “studio” aka bedroom – what are the chances?

  106. This is a really cool concept. The 1176 has such a signature sound, it would be phenomenal to have it in a mobile package.

  107. These Origin compressors look so amazing. Do want! Love to see what they’ll do next. Maybe a parametric EQ with some cool sweetening features?

  108. Steve fleck says:

    Any tech savy guitarist knows he can use multiple compressors in the chain.

  109. Trevor Owen says:

    I love my ego compressor. Would love to try one of these babies out

  110. I record at home and would love one of these in(before) the mix. The clarity is amazing, and absolutly no tone loss with the buffers. I record in many styles and these Origin Effects Cali76-C Compact & Cali76-CD Compact Deluxe would suit all genres. Awesome!

  111. Dave Quick says:

    Sweet sounding pedals! !!

  112. Need New compressor.

  113. This is the smaller size compressor I’ve been waiting!

  114. Class act. Quality stuff want one.

  115. Wolfgang von Bockenheim says:

    I already own three (3) of the big ones, but these smaller boxes are quite interesting, too!

  116. Awesome, just when I need a new compressor :)

  117. Checked some videos about this piece and it seems awesome. Really would like to have one home to check it out ;)

  118. Matthew Hostetler says:

    This isn’t multi-band, is it? I wonder how big of a deal this is. TC El’s Hypergravity boasts this feature, but I’m not sure how excited to be about that, or how disappointed to be with the absence of multi-band on other compressors.

  119. would sound great on my pedalboard

  120. Graeme Wilson says:

    Sounds great in the videos.. need to try this.

  121. Jeremy Head says:

    I like the way this compressor can be dialed back to be subtle. That’s the main way I use compression and not many pedals do that well

  122. The Cali76 might be the perfect cure for a bad case of gas. The mix knob seems like it might be a great feature for studio work.

  123. I have been looking at various compressors to add to my board. One of these would fit perfectly.

  124. James Worrall says:

    Wow. I’m really impressed.

  125. Albert Casan says:

    I was just about to buy the big brother of these two. Then i read that Origin Effects was about to launch the compact versions. I really would love to own them.
    I have a keeley 4-knob and it’s great but i would like to check how these two compare with the keeley!!!!

    I neeeeeeed them!!

  126. James Quigley says:

    Would be great in compact pedal board I’m creating.

  127. Ry Fuller says:

    I need a good compressor in my rig. YES PLEASE!!

  128. The greatest compact compressor that was ever built, gives a lot of sustain and has an amazing tone shaping functions.

  129. Shawn Thompson says:

    I have only heard great things about the Cali76. I love compressors and this one always seems to make the list on forums and with some of the big names. This smaller footprint would work perfectly with my smaller pedalboard. Would be a great addition to my rig and tone.

  130. The new size makes it more desirable.

  131. Simon vanderzeil says:

    Yay! Smaller size for these great pedals. Now that’s what I need, for my smaller Pedal board!

  132. Russell Mains says:

    Gimme gimme gimme, I need some more

  133. Want.

  134. The way in which the 76 cleans your tone is just way more superior than any other compressor I have heard. How it helps with sustain is a pulse as well. I had an old big one and lost it while touring now that there is these small ones I can’t wait to get one and put it on my paddleboard. I normally don’t like a whole lot of knobs but I think that I would give more of what I was looking for out of the Deluxe.

  135. Another winner from Origin! Love the deluxe!

  136. I like silver pedals.

  137. A low noise 76 high grade component stomp box? Much respect

  138. I think one of these boxes would go perfectly with my bass rig

  139. Dan Kucera says:

    Awesome compressor!

  140. If you can only buy one box for tone — no matter what style you play — make it this one for essential compression in a clean, classic pedal enclosure.

  141. Eduardo Andrade says:

    Best compressor I’ve played

  142. Shawn Reese says:

    The Compact Deluxe sounded best to me, they all sound great. To me, a good guitar compressor should be fairly transparent, but brighten the tone, so it just sounds better, and a little punchier. Also can use it for sustain if you want. I had a Ross Gray in excellent condition, parted with it this year. This is the first compressor on par with it, it covers all the frequencies, which is amazing (the Ross didn’t do treble nearly as well), these are cleaner, more transparent, the more I’m listening the more obvious, this is THE new King of Guitar Compressors… So way to go, this is the best compressor I’ve heard anywhere period! I’d use it for playing and recording!!! Without a doubt!

  143. I’d love to play with this.

  144. My friend have one for guitar this is the compress pedal I want one for my bass there’s. No other pedal like this one

  145. Looks like a very useful effect.

  146. jose araujo says:

    me me me! no compressure.

  147. David Fisher says:

    Whew! There is a lot to love about these comps. I really like the deluxe, so much versatility in such a small enclosure. Some of the best compressors I’ve heard in awhile!

  148. Dustin Seabolt says:

    Real Deal! A must have for great tone

  149. Christopher Robbins says:

    It’s so cool to see such a powerful, high-quality compressor in a small pedal format

  150. Matthew Koh says:

    Studio grade compression in a compact package. Great for my small board!

  151. Matthew Lowe says:

    Awesome sounding pedal and a great in depth review, thanks!

  152. Ride uses it! I must use it!

  153. Brian wagner says:

    Nice pedal, since i have only three pedals I could use it!

  154. Sounds like a great pedal!!

  155. Kieran Berntsen says:

    So cool

  156. This sounds like the perfect compressor for my taste. Wonder how it handles bass compared to others on the market.

  157. The best compressors out there. Plus Simon Keats is a great guy and a killer guitar player.

  158. Great effects pedal. Good use of components.

  159. Great sound machine!

  160. Mark Wood says:

    Awesome! I’d love to give one of these a spin as I don’t have a compressor on my board. Would love to use one to tighten up the loose ends in some intricate melodies in the studio – with better results I’m sure using parallel compression.

  161. Thanks for the review!

  162. Yes! Origin Effects have addressed my only possible critique by sizing it down; brilliant…and a great review; can’t wait to put one in my rig.

  163. I allready got their big brother in my pedalboard but I wouldn’t mind saving some space with a compact one !

  164. These look like serious compressors.

  165. Jeremy Bowen says:

    I would love to win the Cali76! I would use it to solidify my clean tones and give me massive sustaining leads!

  166. Douglas R. Cobb says:

    Both of theses look sweet, and they would definitely come in useful! I hope I get chosen as the winner!

  167. marco strobel says:

    Superb!

  168. Nice rugged casing too.

  169. Thanks for such a detailed review! You guys do your homework. For me, compressors have been a love hate search and although I’ve found some good ones, I can’t help but feel like there’s one out there that’s the holy grail. These might do the trick.
    Low noise, silver switch, adjustability and above all, good clean tone are my criteria. Maybe I’ll win one!

  170. Kleanthis says:

    I already own a V-Comp and i’m in love with this pedal… a real tube compressor…
    So it’s ok if i’m not the winner… :)
    Best of luck to everybody.

  171. Thanks, I was not familiar with these compressors

  172. Ace. Gotta be the deluxe. I was thinking about one of these last year but the original is just a bit big for my pedalboard. May need to rethink…

  173. Lots of hype about these guys. There’s usually a reason why. Would love to take one for a spin.

  174. Fred St Clair says:

    I would like to see how they compare to my Empress and Carl Martin.

  175. Nice sound. ☺

  176. Fred St Clair says:

    I would love to compare one of these to my Empress and Carl Martin

  177. This would fit on my pedal board better then the original.

  178. Sweet , Great Pedals !!

  179. Tulio Andrade says:

    Hope i win.

  180. Francisco Prado says:

    Great pedal, Maybe the next on my pedalboard!

  181. Love either one of these beauties on my board! Pick me!

  182. Scott Chambers says:

    Sounds killer!

  183. john keetch says:

    what he said…. seriously sounds like it would be great on my board.

  184. Absolutely perfect. Pretty much what I was saving up for. Needed some for my analog synth.

  185. john blough says:

    I want one.

  186. Gary Davis says:

    My bass rig would love one of these!

  187. I’ve been wanting this compressor for some time now, I hope I win! Thank you so much for having these giveaways

  188. Got a new fender style guitar for clean tones. One of these would be real nice in the rig :)

  189. Sweet!

  190. Pedals sound great.

  191. Derek Doss says:

    I’d love to check this out. The Keeley has worked for me but I know there are different and better compressors out there.

  192. Tim Purvis says:

    Wow, an 1176 right at the end of your boot! Who wouldn’t want one?

  193. Mike Carpenter says:

    Compression is so critical for a good clean sound, and the Cali76 is among the elite of pedal compressors. One would be so welcome on my pedal board! They just sound amazing!

  194. Gimme one!

  195. Oh yes, looks good but I can’t seem to get past the captcha to post a comment. Maybe if I write this then it will and this will look a bit out of place. Free pedal please . Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  196. Mike Freed says:

    I didn’t think they could improve on the original! Man, was I wrong!

  197. Yes, I want.

  198. We would love to review these pedals – check out our site for a TON of pedal reviews!

  199. Either way, one of these pedals is a winning addition to the pedalboard.

  200. Mi mi want

  201. I’ve never used a compressor. Would be nice to try one out one day though. Nice review and demo video.

  202. Riccardo Albiero says:

    Great pedal, I love all its little knobs, it’s compact but it seems to sound like the big one. Very useful controls in order to get the best from this pedal. Great versatility. Love it

  203. Thanks for another great review! First I’ve heard of this company.

  204. Joshua Biehler says:

    This pedal looks and sounds awesome!

  205. I would love to either replace my wampler ego with this, or even put it in the send/return of my superego. I’ve done it before at it really cleans up the effect and punches it through. Compressors are a must have on every pedalboard

  206. Carl Martin says:

    I have never used a compressor and I’m sure one of these pedals would instantly make me a rock star!

  207. This looks cool

  208. Seems like the ultimate compact comp! Very interested in the give away!

  209. Sweet! Looks like a serious upgrade to the SL comp.

  210. Huston Todd says:

    Sounds like an amazing pedal. I want to go to there.

  211. Whoa, would love to get my hands on this!

  212. Looks fantastic!

  213. David Vannieu says:

    Need !

  214. Bret Alexander says:

    I haven’t got to play one myself although the vids I’ve seen and heard have peeked my interest.

  215. Bill Siepierski says:

    Gimme

  216. I really dig the size, as long as it doesn’t sacrifice tone.

  217. Bertram Dhellemmes says:

    need to know how these sound in real!

  218. Michael Twarogowski says:

    I have been eyeballing Cali76s for a long time now. Would love to have board-friendly version.

  219. Matthew Ingwersen says:

    I would love to have either one on my board

  220. Jan Čapek says:

    Wow, that’s what I call a good update :)

  221. Brent Johnston says:

    Seem like great compressors, I would love to give either a try.

  222. I would use this to compress something.

  223. Scott Fraser says:

    I never record guitar without a real hardware rack 1176 in the chain & I never mix a guitar without a plugin 1176 inserted on the channel. It’s just the sound of electric guitars as we know them. Having that sound on a pedalboard would be beyond awesome.

  224. Jim Richardson says:

    These seem like fantastic pedals and I’ve been eyeing their stuff for a while. The smaller form factor really is a big deal.

  225. Lee Baker says:

    I have heard awesome things about all the Cali stuff. I would love to win one of these!

  226. Fabian Noggle says:

    i do not own one of these as much as i would like to have one, but i have personally tried one recently and love it and it just amkes me want one even more. hopefully i will be able to win one of these ( actually i would like to win ANYthing at this point considering i never do LOL). great product and the chance to win one is pure awesome

  227. Nice that it’s able to be a lot less smashed than my Dynacomp-based Ibanez. Sometimes the smash is awesome, sometimes too much. And unlike the big Cali76s, I can put other pedals on my board, too. Nice.

  228. Would definitely use one of these on vocals before running through my delay and reverb.

  229. Well, I for one am certainly going to jump on the Cali76 bandwagon. Looks like a fantastic pedal.

  230. Clark yost says:

    I like it.

  231. Zachary Dunne says:

    I would love to try this. Never heard of their pedals before

  232. Steve Adkins says:

    This would be a good addition to my pedal b oard.

  233. Greg Dennis says:

    I’ve been hearing nothing but great reviews. I would love to upgrade my compressor and be on the team 76.

  234. Great pedal. Great compression. Great company. Great review. Good job guys

  235. Great pedal review! Can’t wait to try it out!

  236. Mark Darrow says:

    Great pedal! Hope I win!

  237. Ryan Roehrich says:

    Thanks for the review!

  238. Good review. Wouldn’t mind having one of these.

  239. Now that the size is smaller it’s perfect

  240. Nice comps! Would be great add one of these in my pedalboard.

  241. Sounds great!

  242. Chris Ronquille says:

    These look great. Need to find one to try out.

  243. Such awesome pedals. Perfect for every situation. Definitely game changers for the tone world. As was the original 76!!

  244. Emily Gibson says:

    Most excellent and a real step up from the Mooer I’m currently using

  245. Just watched some of the videos on YT and it sounds great. Really curious to check it out! :)

  246. Albert Casan says:

    Really cool compressors. I have a 4-knob Keeley compressor and it is really good. You can tweak from really squashed compressed tones to a subtle compression in order to increase a bit your sustain. But these two little bastards look even better!!

    I would love to have a compressor with a blend mix option!!

    Greets

  247. Albert Casan says:

    Really cool compresors. I would love to add one of them to my pedalboard. I have a 4 – knob keeley compressor and is really good but these two small bastards look even better!!!

    Specially the Compact Deluxe i want a compressor with the option to blend the dry and wet signals.

    Greets!!

  248. Albert Casan says:

    Really cool compresors. I would love to add one of them to my pedalboard. I have a 4 – knob keeley compressor and is really good but these two small bastards look even better!!!

    Specially the Compact Deluxe i want a compressor with the option to blend the dry and wet signals.

    Greets!!

  249. I need a compressor so bad!

  250. This seems like a fantastic pedal, and the review is very well written. It seems lengthy, but ultimately that just shows the depth of analysis. I’d be very happy to have one of these on my board!

  251. Desire just past threshold.

  252. Love these comps!

  253. Love to grab one of these!

  254. First I’ve heard of these, sounds fantastic! Do want

  255. I have the Barber Tone Press, and these are seriously rivaling that pedal. I may have to consider swapping…. :)

  256. As a bit of compression is essential to my clean tone, one of these would really free up some room on my board. I LOVE that they somehow crammed the huge one down into this new size. Thank you very much for this super detailed review. The part where you compared it to the transformer models was very helpful for me.

  257. Kitty Lang says:

    I could so rock one of those

  258. I really liked the Cali 76 Compact Deluxe review. After going online and reading everything I could find, I now can’t wait to try the Slide Rig Compact Deluxe! I love the dual channel aspect!

  259. Drew maumus says:

    Can’t wait to get one of these. It will totally take my playing to the next level

  260. Very detailed and great review. I have been thinking about getting one of the older Cali 76 pedals and the addition of the new compact pedals complicates the picture considerably. The Best Guitar Effects reviews help to sort out the features and capabilities of the various Origin Effects compression pedal.

  261. Glenn Donald says:

    The Cali range is simply the best you can buy to be honest.
    I’d love to see Origin Effects develop a pedal that provides
    their quality circuitry mated to top rate A/D converters with a USB-loaded VST software effects host, where that kind of ‘impossible’ effects chaining and amazing sound processing can be available in a better product than Peavey, and cheaper
    and more pedal-board friendly than Muse Receptor.
    Cheers!
    Glenn

  262. Yair Karni says:

    Amazing compressors, and those compact boxes really upgrade the whole package.

  263. Thanks for a great review. Very helpful for deciding between the two variations

  264. Peter Grey says:

    Great pedal, great page, great competition

  265. I want to try one with an acoustic guitar. I keep hoping for a compressor that really works with acoustic guitars live.

  266. ryley adams says:

    very noice

  267. Matthew King says:

    Smaller footprint makes this a win. Great review as well.

  268. Alexander Engelhardt says:

    A Cali76 was on my wishlist for this winter. What a coincidence!

  269. Can’t wait to try one of these out…would love to see if anything could knock the surprisingly good Mad Professor Forest Green Compressor off my board.

  270. Cool review of great sounding pedal. I’ll be trying to check some out next weekend.

  271. Fabian Hiller says:

    One of the most interessting compression pedals actually one the market. I like the High/low knob because it makes lot stuff faster ;D

  272. Really great compressors!

  273. Douglas R. Cobb says:

    Though I have played an acoustic guitar for several years, I just relatively recently got an electric guitar. The cool effects and compression that these new versions of the larger pedal can achieve are making me want to try out one for my electric guitar. Hopefully, I will win one, a d get to take my guitar playing to a new level.

  274. Jim Lipscomb says:

    Wow, this is such a dreamy setup. Either one of these would give the classic FET sound I crave, and look smart with it’s minimized footprint. I love twisting knobs so the deluxe is my kinda pedal, but the quick and simple setup of the compact is certainly enticing for gigging.

  275. Daniel Brøndberg says:

    I really would like to have one of these! The Sliderig sounded amazing.

  276. I really like the sound of these, I may well consider replacing my Earthquaker Devices Warden with one of these. A much better size than the old ones for those of us that don’t need all the extra functions.

  277. I have the Origin Effects Slide Rig and love it, one of these could free up some pedalboard space

  278. marcos centeno says:

    hee heeeii i wish one for mee

  279. I’m not a tone expert or the best guitarist but what I can say is that I really love and appreciate compressor pedals. I play in an alternative rock band from Australia and we don’t have an awful lot of money. Since the strike of our dollar, it hasn’t been an easy road for any musician.

    One thing on the positive side though is that I do love compressors. I tend to get my dynamics “muffled” on stage as I hit strings way harder or softer with the adrenaline of being on stage. That’s where the compressors come in. They clean up my tone a whole lot and even out my playing. There are so many great compressors out there and so much experimenting and tinkering, though only one problem; I’m not very tech savvy. The compressed utilisation (no pun intended) on the Origin Effects Cali76 Compact makes for very convenient tweaking to acquire your true tone.

    I would be well privileged to have the experience to even play, let alone own this unit.
    I wish the best of luck to everyone else.

  280. I would love to add the Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe to my board.
    Best compressors out there!

  281. Jon Watkins says:

    Seems like an amazing addition to any guitar gig- fingers crossed on getting to try it out

  282. Brett Paschen says:

    I have been wanting to add a compressor pedal to my rig for a while now.All the other brands do not cut it, the Origin Effects Cali76 is the best around.I would love to win one.

  283. Thomas moore says:

    I’m hooked! Amazing pedal, can’t wait to get one!

  284. Great review! Very well written.

  285. Leanna Muir says:

    I think a compressor pedal is definitely a must have for any rig, and any genre of music. I play heavy metal to spice girls music…just kidding. Anyway I found origin effects thru best guitar effects.com a satan call. When researching each compresson pedal, I was sweating bullets. Ended up contacting origin effects myself, they are very knowledgable and professional I must say. The gentleman informed me of the compact series with a link & video demos too. Totally awesome design! Ever since then I’ve been eyeing the cali76 CD for sometime. Well I went to go make a move then out of no where my company transfers me low paying boring job. So much for that I guess, a missing tool to bring out the beauty of a Laney iron heart 120 watter. Well anyway for the next part, I think a drone effect & arcade effects should be looked into.Origin effects could capitalize on the two effects. There seems to be no pedals for guitar and bass orientated players to acheive these effects. A drone effect pedal for scaring the audience as well as another pedal to sound like a classic video game like pac man or something. The other arcade pedals all sound like that 8 bit fuzz, to what I feel is missing is a octave of some sort. And with out the fuzz too. We have enough pedals as it is, it’s time we step out of the Hendrix spectrum and get slunked with Buckhead type music, Atonal music for the wicked. The drone effect should have like a feedback sound in the background or added white noise effect. I’ve seen drone effect pedals, but none can be controlled by the guitarist with the guitar. Anyway just my rant of things. I could really use a compression pedal, the missing key effect.

  286. liam fairbairn says:

    I would love one of these, so hard to find a decent compressor

  287. Best sounding compressor out there.

  288. Love my big box TX would love to get a small one.

  289. Luis Pablo says:

    Awesome Giveaway!!! I hope luck’s with me on this one! :)

  290. Lacey Paul says:

    Great review, just what I need to improve the attack on my rhythm chops

  291. Your outstanding review sold me! These pedals are winners!

  292. Compressive!

  293. Zahrul Razi says:

    I’m totally speechless. I need this tho! Good review btw..

  294. great!!!!

  295. So sleek looking…I need a new “always on” comp!

  296. Kitty Lang says:

    Looks like an “always on” addition to my pedalboard

  297. I have a very hard time finding a comp i can gel with, i look forward to trying these out.

  298. Great compression!

  299. I need to check these bad boys out

  300. I want one on my board now!

  301. Haven’t heard of them until now, another pedal I need on my board

  302. Mattias R says:

    I’d really like one of these in my acoustic pedal chain. I read so much good stuff about the bigger models, and if these slimmed down ones are as good as you say it sounds like the perfect comp for my live board.

  303. Dale Burden says:

    Excited to hear how they sound my kit guitar I built. Gibson Style.

  304. I really welcome these small guys! I loved the sound of the bigger ones but they definitely needed to have some real estate. I also love the idea to put the jack sockets on the top; it makes them even more area saver than a mini pedal. Anyway I prefer the deluxe one as imo a dry blend knob is a must have on any compressor pedals.

  305. Would love to have either on my boards.

  306. Great review. I’m very impressed. I’ve cleared a spot on my pedalboard!

  307. James Knowles says:

    Badassery!

  308. I would love one of these on my pedalboard. The smaller footprint is excellent!

  309. Nice comps ;)

  310. I’ve been teaching myself guitar for about 3 years now and have gotten almost as good as my friend who has played his whole life. I guess I always had the talent but only found out recently. I used a crappy fender strat for the first 3 years and at first, being a beginner, I didn’t know it was bad, but as years went on I realized it sounded and played horribly compared to my friends nice Yamaha custom. I’ve been saving up for a better guitar for about a year and finally managed to get the Angel of Deth 2, Dean Zero guitar (Dave Mustane Replica) and I’m extremely happy with it…but the only problem is that the guitar is so good, that my crappy fender amp just doesn’t have the power to make it sound like it can. I have an old Roland bass amp that I could plug this awesome origins effect pedal into if I get it, but man I didn’t know pedals were so expensive. I can’t afford one right now which sucks because I just got the new guitar and I’ve yet to hear how it can even sound!! I’m trying to get my friend who plays to let me borrow one of his effect pedals but that would only be for a day or two. Anyway, as you can see, I am in need of a pedal despritally. Hopefully this will be the one!

  311. Gabriel Freeman says:

    YES

  312. I’ve been needing a new compression pedal FOR A LONG TIME now. Dig that Compact Deluxe

  313. I wonder if this would be too noisy to try on vocals. Curious about the Dry knob vs. a blend.

  314. Compression is one of my favorite “tone sculpting” effects — I’ve used a couple different models, but a top-of-the-line compressor like the Cali76 pedals would be a boost to anyone’s rig… especially with such a small footprint! Fingers crossed on this one ;)

  315. Nick Buckley says:

    Starting to put together my first pedal board….Dimebag distortion and phaser/chorus are the only things on it and it looks pathetic!! These rockin boxes would give the board some cred, and would add a wonderful new dimension to my playing. Fingers crossed!!

  316. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a new quality compressor for awhile now. I was a little put off by the size of the older Cali, but this looks like it could be a great solution.

  317. Matt Collins says:

    It’s nice to see compression being taken seriously as a creative tool and not just a utility. This needs to happen more!

  318. Matt Collins says:

    It’s noce to see compression being taken seriously as a creative tool and not just a utility. This needs to happen more!

  319. Cool compressor, I just have test some digital versions of Calis in the line 6 pod xt and I’d like to test some real pedal.

  320. This was a fantastic review – thanks, now I need to go out and buy yet another pedal!! As usual nice job

  321. Great looking pedals and nice review! I would love to have a Compact Deluxe in my bass rig!

  322. Nice! Would really love this on my pedalboard!

  323. Ignazio Vagnone says:

    I have been lucky enough to play through a few 1176 clones, and even a couple of originals. This has been my damnation, as since then I am on the quest of ‘that tone in a stomp’. Now it’s here, as simple as that. Loved the Origin Effects and dreamed of owning one since I knew of them, now I really dig the new smaller format. Kudos!

  324. Wow!!!!! incredible

  325. What a killer compressors! I have had the opportunity to test them, never tried anything like it ever since. Would be a dream to have. Lovely stuff! Cheers, Thomas

  326. Stewart Siegel says:

    Great review

  327. I have the Big box version..Despite taking up a chunk of space on my board it’s well worth it for what adds to my tone bringing studio level quality and ability to fine ‘tune’ with my band on any stage.. A smaller version! I’ll take three!…wonderful news…

  328. Laurent de C says:

    hey it seems like a verstatile pedal! not using too much space, it is a good thing for the not-enough-space-on-my-pedalboard :-)
    by the way, always love your site, keep going!

  329. This is killer! Looks great and sounds awesome!

  330. Damn, I need that deluxe version!!! Keep on rockin’ guys!

  331. Would be an amazing tool for out of the box treatment in my bedroom studio. I´m sure you could feed it with anything.

  332. Bill Siepierski says:

    Rockin’

  333. I’d love to win this!

  334. Jaime Montes says:

    Sonido increíble. Quiero uno!

  335. Remington Stallard says:

    These sound incredible. I showed your video to my friend who is an audio engineer who uses 1176 compressors, and the Cali76 Compact Deluxe blew him away. I can only hope to get one!

  336. Great review. Happy to be in with a chance of winning!

  337. Simply impressive.

  338. Awesome Review! And thanks for bringing these outstanding Cali76 pedals to my attention!

  339. Nicholas Findlay says:

    Would love one of these, especially for fingerpicking on electric

  340. I have the Cali76 TX-P – Amazing unit !!! makes everything sound better – an always on on my home setup (too big to carry to gigs)… seems like origin nailed it with the small units :)

  341. I have the Cali76 TX-P – Amazing unit !!! makes everything sound better – an always on on my home setup (too big to carry to gigs)… seems like origin nailed it with the small units :)

  342. Sounds great!

  343. i wish play with one!

  344. Steve Medgyesi says:

    Origin makes some great pedals

  345. rodolfo vieira says:

    Would be great to have such a compressor. Love mark knopfler sound. Would be good to see origin effects coming up with a good tape like echo. With this quality would be huge

  346. Raul Navarro says:

    I love these pedals

  347. Alfonso Garcia says:

    There’s always a place for a compressor. This one sounds great

  348. Linda Taylor says:

    Terrific review, maybe the most thorough I’ve seen, thank you! I picked up the SlideRig CD as a ‘temporary’ solution while waiting for the Cali76CD to be in stock, and there’s nothing temporary about it. Can’t wait for the Cali76!

  349. Linda Taylor says:

    Terrific review, maybe the most thorough I’ve seen, thank you! I picked up the SlideRig CD as a ‘temporary’ solution while waiting for the Cali76CD to be in stock, and there’s nothing temporary about it. Can’t wait for the Cali76!

  350. Carlos M. Gómez-Escalonilla says:

    Awesome, Great pedals.

  351. seems to be a great pedal according reviews and videos!
    would love to check it out againt my Wampler Ego Compressor.
    I imagine they could complement each other nicely…

  352. Norman Strong says:

    Just what the doctor ordered. Need a compressor to tweak my harmonics and improve sustain

  353. Great pedals!!!

    I prefer the compact because my pedalboard is saturated. Both sound great, but prefer the deluxe, with more options.

  354. Olivier Homps says:

    Would be a very nice replacement from my current compressor!

  355. Dave Staples says:

    A Cali76-CD Compact Deluxe seems to be the best choice whether you are playing country clean or thundering thrash.

  356. Fernando Almela Giménez says:

    Tienen muy buena pinta! Mucha suerte a todos.

  357. Javi Metal says:

    Really nice!

  358. Dan Davinchey says:

    I would use these pedals while recording to help give me unique tone. I also think that the cali76 in particulars could really help me with my compression. I would like to see a stereo shimmer/reverb effect from origin effects next.

  359. I Need it!

  360. Manuel J. Gallardo Montadas says:

    espero conseguirlo

  361. Manuel J. Gallardo Montadas says:

    justo lo que necesito

  362. Cool

  363. Amazing !

  364. I really hope it sounds as good as the larger pedals because if it is i have to have it

  365. Francisco Prado says:

    I really need this pedals!!!

  366. Angel Tejon Garzon says:

    Will be quality compressor pedals..!!..what I am waiting is for a Looper pedal from you !

  367. Peter Homoki says:

    very nice pedals

  368. Looks like that will give me the compression sounds in my head…

  369. Like a keeley 4knob only better

  370. Now that they are compact, a much better fit for any pedalboard. And still a beautiful sound! Great!

  371. Stanislav Evmeshkin says:

    Best sounding compressor pedal ever, now in a compact enclosure!

  372. Stephen P says:

    The original sounded amazing and so do these. Love all the options. Even the three knob has a ton of versatility.

  373. Sounds like an always on effect. Would love one for the board!

  374. Gustavo Maldonado says:

    Sounds like a good daily driver! I’d like to have one on the board.

  375. Marc Peter Burgess says:

    Compression smoothes out sharp metallic edges of pedals like the EHX Ravish and volume peaks generated by some wah pedals, and boosts the string sensitivity of light touches, thus overall critically enhances the sound of a pedal board. The Cali76 Compact and Compact Deluxe are top end, compact compression pedals that do the job to studio grade with a very manageable footprint.

  376. vincentcyrusmarple says:

    to finally be able coax pristine cleans out of my super 60 and tighten my wreck clone for trucks style slide , &that smidgen of sustain that makes all the difference ,endless posiblities possible , fingers and toes crossed on this one , :)P ,,,

  377. Andrew Harrison says:

    The quintessential “guitar players” compressor: period. There are so many compressors out there, each with their own strengths and applications for unique contexts, but you’ll be hard pressed (no pun intended) to find this level of studio-grade quality in a tour-ready stompbox this size. Any serious player who doesn’t already own one wants one, or hasn’t been introduced to them yet. Seeing that I’m currently sitting in the former category, I can’t wait to get my hands on this veritable holy grail of tone. Brilliant work from Origin Effects.

  378. Sounds great. Would be a much needed addition to my setup.

  379. Christopher says:

    I’d love to compare the Deluxe to my OVNI Smoothie

  380. This pedal is really cool. It would be awesome to have this on my board, it would greatly increase my quest to find tone heaven.

  381. Been waiting for these compact versions. They’d be perfect for the limited space I have on my pedalboard and even for studio applications.

  382. Gabe Tonestoy says:

    I remember being blown away by the tone of the original ,large-format units from Origin Effects, but like many, I was a bit put off by how big they were! I figured that you couldn’t shrink the original circuitry much smaller, so I’d just have to go with a lesser compressor for my pedal board. But now, whoa, look at that! How I’d love to put one of these little gems into my signal chain!!!

  383. Jeremiah L. says:

    Awesome compressor. Would love to have this on my board. Thanks for the chance.

  384. Peter Busatto says:

    Hope I win this pedal – could really use it!

  385. So much winwin!

  386. Sounds great!

  387. lukas axelsson says:

    Wow! Just wow. These pedals are great. Very nice compression. They also look very beautiful with a real vintagey look to them.

  388. Eric Gressel says:

    I checked the big Cali-Brother TX and was blown away! I’d love to check the smaller boxes!

  389. Would love to try these out in my rig :)

  390. Sounds great

  391. Amazing compressor, would love to win that compact :D

  392. Andri Gilban Rajali says:

    Great compressor in a nice small footprint. Never want it more to be new member of my pedals.

  393. Tyler Morton says:

    I loved the sound of the original cali76 but couldn’t justify price or space. If I win a compact version, that would solve both of the issues!

  394. Want!

  395. Jang-Woo Park says:

    Great compressors and much more pedalboard friendly!

  396. Cali Effects has done a great job with their effects always, and this makes it even better. Small size, better performance, all that you need for your compression needs in this pedal.

  397. Logan Norris says:

    These are great! Such a good compressor and finally I’m able to fit it on my pedalboard

  398. Adam Dolhanyk says:

    I had the old big box Cali76. There is no sound difference between it and the new compact pedals. So if you get the new Cali76 compact, the only difference is the price (hint:the cali76 compact is cheaper).

    There is a difference in sound with the Cali76 deluxe… It sounds better. The dry blend control makes all the difference and it’s really cool how the blend settings change how the other controls interact with each other.

    The biggest plus is the new smaller size. There’s room in any rig for this tone machine… Which wasn’t always the case with the old Cali76

  399. Tolik sirotinsky says:

    Would love one of these comps!! October 12th is my bday!

  400. Very VERY nice!

  401. Yes , Please :)

  402. David chang says:

    Interesting… I’ve never heard of Cali76 before, but I am interested, very interested. It seems to be exactly what I’m looking for, and have been in need of for some time.

  403. These are some of the best compressor pedals!

  404. It sure would be great to squeeze in a studio grade compressor to the pedalboard. In particular adding a little piece of that 1176-quality to your sound…. Haven’t tried them yet though, currently out of stock at the dealer round the corner.

  405. Scott Anderson says:

    Awesome

  406. Rob Stein says:

    Would love either one- prefer the functionality of the Deluxe…

  407. I can use that!

  408. Dear folks from origin,
    thrilled to see this. Even more thrilled to know the slide rig is now there in tiny, too.
    Any chance to get that with an one switch-two options solution, to be able to switch between normal comp & slide comp like in the big slide rig?

  409. Charles A says:

    I feel like a compression pedal is always on my list of things that I want to get, but it’s always secondary to something else (Chase Bliss, anyone?). This would be awesome to cross a compression pedal off my list, though!

  410. Looks so promising! I also wonder how well they would do in a reamp situation.

    Either I’m sure they are great and I would love to have one of them for sure!

  411. Brett Walston says:

    That is the most in depth review ever. Awesome! I’m one of those “leave it on” types with my country gig. I would love to have either one of these!!

  412. I really didn’t think I needed compression… then I played with other musicians. It always amazes me how much gets lost in the mix, and how much more comes through. The crazy part is I can hardly tell the compression pedal is on when I’m playing alone at home.

    The Cali76 units all look pretty cool and I like the configurability. It’s all about keeping the tone.

  413. jeff schultz says:

    would love on of these compressors!!

  414. jeff schultz says:

    would love on of these compressors!!

  415. I’m new to comps but would love to test this against me Forest Green!

  416. Pedro Cunha says:

    maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan this would fit right in my board right now :p

  417. Alan Grimes says:

    A must have for any pedal board, mine rarely if ever gets turned off and I could use an upgrade to oneof these.

  418. Βιλλυ says:

    The deluxe version sure looks like a winner.

  419. The deluxe version definitely looks like a winner.

  420. This looks really cool! would love to have one!

  421. Jon Wymore says:

    Sure looks like these are winners and sure to become well sought after pedals. Thanks for the review!

  422. Yay! That will save a lot of space.

  423. The original was so massive, but folks loved it enough to make the room. Must be good. Thanks for the competition.

  424. Really cool pedals! Great review!

  425. Cody Budd says:

    Wow awesome!

  426. Such incredible pedals! Going to revolutionise my tone!!

  427. Dang, sounds awesome. Gotta try one soon. Thanks again guys!

  428. Alex Millas says:

    The ’76 is a saucy beast. Loving the compact version!

  429. Ted Gomez says:

    I’m really liking the video, would love to have this set up in my arsenal. You could spend hours tweaking your sound the hours more everytime you plugged in a different guitar!

  430. I like the smaller footprint!

  431. I dig the smaller footprint

  432. Organic sounding unit. Small size is a big plus.

  433. Tulio Andrade says:

    Hope i win this time!

  434. I would not mind either of these. Been curious for a long time, but the size and price of the biggies puts me off.

  435. This looks like a winner. Great sound in a smaller box. What’s not to like about it?

  436. Welly Tjandra says:

    Great pedal, would be so interested to have one on my pedalboard

  437. nicosonic says:

    Great compressors !

  438. Would love to compare this to my DBX 163x. That’s not a pedal, but works nicely on gtr

  439. This pedal sounds impressive. Definitely would be a fantastic addition to my pedalboard

  440. Awesome review:) I don’t have many effects, but this seems very nice to have, considering the reduced size.

  441. Dennis Berkovic says:

    Must. Have. One.

  442. Damon Campagna says:

    So great to see the Cali76 in a “normal” sized box!

  443. Great review! My dream compressor. This thing would take my tone to the next level!

  444. Christian says:

    Great review of even greater pedals! One of those Cali 76 Deluxe pedals would totally round out my pedalboard and make it – you guessed that correctly – even greater! :-)=
    Cheers m8!

  445. Looks and sounds great. Could use this, have a big gap in my pedal board!

  446. Matt Taylor says:

    Looks fantastic! I’ve used an MXR compressor but always felt it coloured my tone a little too much. Fingers crossed these do the job!

  447. Daan Romein says:

    This is a comment of high importance, please read and weep over the deeper meaning of this comment.
    Thank you, 1 pedal will do.

  448. WANT

  449. Trond Josef Størkersen says:

    Yes please! Quality all the way

  450. Never used a compressor but after reading about the Cali 76 would love to have one on my board

  451. Jacob Simms says:

    I’d love to try it out on my guitar. If I could only get some good luck

  452. These are seriously impressive compressor pedals, lucky enough to try the deluxe, parallel compression is such a nice tone treatment tool.

  453. Yes! Worth of every penny!

  454. Look forward to hearing these pedals. Looks very interesting.

  455. I would love to try it on guitar and see how it compares to the Carl Martin.

  456. Deheuvels says:

    Hard pressed to compress with that

  457. Gary Plaus says:

    Love the deluxe!

  458. Built like a tank!

  459. Brent Mason says:

    I would love to try one of these and see how they compare to the Keeley 4 Knob Compressor or the JHS Pull N’ Peel. Does anyone know?

  460. Maaaan, these compressors are so nice. I’d really be able to up my home recording game with one of these little fellas.

  461. Neil Weavers says:

    The Origin SlideRig changed my playing, it is just always on, would be great to give the Cali 76 compacts a go to see how what happens with more control (compared to the sliderig) and great that they are not taking up as much space on the (now) jam packed board.

  462. Kevin Gibbs says:

    Worth trying one now that it doesn’t have to take up a lot of space….

  463. Looks nice, I’ve never tried a compressor on my board

  464. Daamn !

    This is BEST pedal can i see and hear in all my life !

    Forget everything you’ve ever seen and heard on compressor pedals after that!

  465. I’d love to give one of these a try!

  466. jesse copeland says:

    Finaly! Origin did what everybody wanted and made there tank into a nice sized unit so now one can actually fit it onto there pedalboard! I WANT ONE!!

  467. I think I could make room for one of these on my board.

  468. I love that they slimmed these down even more. I wouldn’t mind having this on my pedalboard.

  469. well, looking at both the C vs the CD models of the Cali76, I am just not very fond of the limitations on the basic version. I think the Deluxe version should be the only version. I mean, if it doesn’t come down to how much I have in my wallet, I wouldn’t buy fewer limitations

    Now, there is something about big knobs that I love. I wish there was a way to implement those same style knobs shown on the original. In fact, I love that one the most. I like compact. But I LOVE big knobs and the larger unit has larger knobs with a vintage style that just looks cool. That’s what you should stick with. Even on the compact units. I want all the versatility in a somewhat compact package with bigger knobs styled like those big vintage ones. And having 2 smaller knobs that match just looks way cool too. That foot-print may be a bit larger, but that knob configuration rocks

  470. Evgeny Kurbatov says:

    It’s so good review again! Thank you! Wish to have one of this Cali76!

  471. Really would love one of these, because I sure can’t afford one!

  472. Chris Aguilar says:

    Origin Effects Cali’s are the best compressor on the market and I need one on my board!

  473. Cali76-CD Compact Deluxe

    i wish if i could win this pedal

  474. I’ve never used compressor before. I hope I can get this compressor as my first compressor haha.

  475. Rob Pickering says:

    Origin keeps producing amazing gear.

  476. The larger versions sound amazing, and these compact counterparts seem like game changers.

  477. Henry Klobukowski says:

    Origin makes the best compressors. Love them!

  478. Gage Carter says:

    Hells yah! I want this for some nice 80s tones

  479. Joseph Bugg says:

    I’ve read up on these babies before in their large form, and they sounded AMAZING. Thanks for the great review!

  480. Gage Carter says:

    Nice! One for me and one for my bassist!

  481. I can’t believe they got all that compression in such a small pedal. I need to add a good compressor to my board and Origin has just jumped to the top of my list.

  482. Bret Reed says:

    I’d like to have one of these!

  483. Who would say no to this five star compressor pedal?

  484. Caleb Guajardo says:

    These pedals look awesome! I want the deluxe!!!

  485. Caleb Guajardo says:

    These pedals look awesome! I want the deluxe!!!

  486. Roy Donkin says:

    a good compressor is essential for my bass rig and one of these would be simply killer

  487. Origin Effects really is coming on the pedal scene so fast, and with such quality of compressors! I’d love to try one of these out!

  488. I love compressors!

  489. This is one seriously classy bit of kit!!

  490. Ronald Olszewski says:

    Fantastic size reduction!

  491. ive used the 1176 for many years and having the possibility of having that sonic stamp or even if close on a pedal its a winner

  492. Will lucas says:

    this sounds perfect for my pedalboard!! Sorry Ehx and Mxr !

  493. Russell T says:

    Need a better comp!!

  494. would love to use this as a “secret weapon” while recording!

  495. Best comp, I need it =D

  496. Alright rad! I could do with a new comp

  497. Robert Abernathy says:

    Much better size!

  498. Philippe Elskens says:

    best compressor ever!

  499. Philippe Elskens says:

    Cali! golden standard of compressors!

  500. Cali for comp

  501. Stew Guernsey says:

    Sweet,sweet sustain with excellent squish when called for.

  502. I was so ecstatic to see a smaller version of the cali. Absolute awesome compressor and now pedal board friendly

  503. Another excellent review. That’s packing a lot of pedal into an attractive smaller package. Great sounds!

  504. Great pedal, great size!

  505. I hope they make a TX version, I know that the pedal is packed all ready, but the transformer just sounds so good! great review.

  506. that’s incredible! the small form factors sound great, and you really aren’t giving anything up by going with them!

  507. Oh I almost forgot to see the article! wonderbraaa!

  508. Massive fan of Origin Effects pedals. So glad they started making some of these in small form factors. The compact deluxe looks awesome!

  509. I’d love the chance to add this to my pedalboard. Please Please send me one to New Zealand !

  510. Adam Jensen says:

    I’ve heard such good things about the big Calis, I would LOVE to give that Compact Deluxe a whirl!

  511. Yooooooooooooo

  512. Not a fan of compression really. Sounds ok, though.

  513. William Penn says:

    Having these effects in a smaller format is going to be great. Can’t wait to get my foot on one!

  514. Sounds great! Would love to win!

  515. The compact versions sound so good! And the fact that they’re smaller make them way more likely to end up on my board!

  516. John Saylor says:

    Lowell George forever!

  517. Sounds great

  518. Jonathan M says:

    Oh man! I wanted these pedals before, now that there are compact versions, I won’t be able to resist!

  519. Really sick pedal from everything I’ve heard!

  520. Have one of these in the large format…. LOVE IT! A compact version for my fx board would be awesome!

  521. Brian wagner says:

    Since I have only 4 pedals that leaves plenty of room for either size.

  522. Amazing pedal, I’ve seen these on tons of professional boards and I’d love to play with it myself!

  523. Smaller size keeps more real estate on my board. I have yet to play through one so I would definitely like to see how it compares to my EGO comp.

  524. I really like the smaller size – much easier to add to a pedalboard. And they sound great, too. The deluxe would be amazing

  525. pedalboardfriendly! would really like to play these!

  526. Sounds awesome, i’d love to check one out. thanks for the chance

  527. Rich Pike says:

    I like the way these video demos are done. Looking straight at the pedals, no showoff playing, just running them through their paces the same way I would. I usually make up my mind whether to buy a pedal based on video demos, so I appreciate ones that give a lot of info without wasting time. Oh yeah, and now I’m in love with the Cali76. I want a turn playing with this pedal.

  528. I’ve been thinking for a while now about getting something to tighten up my sound a bit more, this looks like a really good option for that!

  529. Nicolas Kauffmann says:

    Only thing I would do is have the deluxe have metering like the MXR M87. Sounds great, price point is solid.

  530. Felipe Devicaro says:

    I’d love to have one of these on my pedalboard!

  531. Joseph Bertucci says:

    I would love to use this with my bass and guitar rigs!

  532. Wow, look so awesome this compact compressors of Cali76

    o.o

    <3

  533. Excellent Pedal, looking to add this to my board

  534. Gardner B says:

    Experimental sounds must be tamed. The count to five allows me to explore the deep reaches of space, but often times I spin too far into the darkness. One of these pedals can be my tether, one of these pedals can be my safety net.

  535. I almost bought the original size cali, but the size was just too big. Went with an xotic sp instead (saw the review on here and loved it). Would love to get the cali now that they made a compact version!

  536. Alejandro Calderon says:

    Nice!

  537. Stefan Vod says:

    Finally, a comp that has me considering retiring my Keeley 2-knob. Looks (and sounds) amazing!

  538. John Shin says:

    I’ve always wanted the original Cali76 but the price and size always stopped me. I love that it’s available in smaller and cheaper format. Would like to use the in and out knobs to serve as a boost when engaged and look forward to hear my slide tones improve! I’d like to see Origin also build maybe a pedal to simulate the transformer sound that I hear people rave about! Cheers!

  539. I really get the tone chasing that people are obsessed with. These sound amazing, and would really add a completely different level of time to a guitar. Great stuff

  540. love the dry option on the CD. two amazing comps and very friendly sizes. must have!

  541. Appealing review, thank you! I came here with the Cali76 Compact Deluxe in mind, but I’d rather go for the simplicity of the Compact finally…

  542. Cory Cogley says:

    Both these pedals sound fucking awesome! So glad this website always finds the coolest pedals for review!

  543. Phillip L says:

    Been really looking into compressors lately and Cali76 has been one of the top contenders, especially since the release of the compact versions. Would love to have this pedal, the sound quality is fantastic and the versatility of settings is clearly noticeable, which you clearly demonstrated in the great demo.

  544. Jesse Emery says:

    I’m really interested in these. The larger size didn’t appeal to me as I don’t use compression often enough–I usually play with dirt that adds its own compression–but these might go on the list as I’m really picky about compression when I do use it.

  545. Great demo y’all. I’ve been impressed with this compressor ever since I started researching it! I saw it in a guy’s Instagram pedalboard (T1M) and so stoked to see they’ve done a compact version! I have a decent compressor now, but this would be awesome! I feel like the longer I play, the more I appreciate a good compressor. Thanks,

  546. Jacob Wagner says:

    I love the dry knob on the compact deluxe! Makes it such a versatile compressor. Great description and demo!

  547. Joe Coombs says:

    Great Review! A Compressor for life for sure!

  548. Jesse Bond says:

    I’ve been wanting a cali badly….

  549. I don’t currently have a compressor on my board, but these could change that.

  550. Josh Hutson says:

    Great review! I would use this pedal to even out my sound and gain clarity along with adding sustain for chords, single note leads and ambient swells. I’m new to the world of compression and would love to try this out!

    I would love to see origin effects dive into the world of polyphonic octave pedals and I’m always a sucker for drive/distortions!

    Thanks!

  551. Arttu Häkkilä says:

    I need these pedals.

  552. Looks sick, would be interested to know how they managed to slim town the size so much

  553. The original cali76 is fantastic but borderline unusable for many people due to the high value of pedal board real estate. These small footprint versions are exactly what so many of us desired. Clearly what were the best compressors on the market became even better. Great work Origin Effects!

  554. Christian O. says:

    Nice options on these compressors. Really want a compressor like these for bringing that spark to my tone!

  555. David Fisher says:

    Whew, being new to compression there is a lot to observe. Very cool though, and I love the Dry knob because I’m not sure how much compression I would ever really need. Great demo!!