Well it's been a long time coming but the LS SNAC (super nice audio compressor), is now available. I made a few last minute changes to the circuit since my last post. Fist, I added an 'attack' control switch. You now have the option to go from fast, medium, and slow attack times. I felt this was a more meaningful control then the 'brightness' knob on the last prototype. By having a variable attack time you can perserve the pick sound or compress it along with the rest of the signal. I still wanted to provide a 'brightness' control but resized that once the brightness was set, it wouldn't be something that you would change much, so now there is an internal brightness control. I will be adding the LS SNAC to the ordering page in a day or two but if you want to get an order in for one before then, just email me.
I ordered a bunch of parts a few weeks ago for a brand new prototype compressor pedal. After a few revisions of the circuit I now have a prototype that I am VERY happy with. After I figure out a name for the pedal and have some graphics done up I will start taking orders. Here's a picture of the prototype. http://yfrog.com/74wgvvj
The controls are, 'compress', 'bright', and 'volume'. The reason I decided to add a brightness controle is because compression often affects the perceived brightness or high-frequency content. By adding a brightness knob you can counteract the 'dulling' of compressed tone. The LS compressor also has an internal input sensitivity control. This means you will be able to use this stomp box in your studio to run keyboards, drums, or even master recordings and other line-level audio. This circuit is a studio grade compressor in a 2 3/8 X 4 3/8 X 1 1/4 inch stomp box.
As of Summer of 2010, all LS pedals are now housed in super heavy duty 16 gauge steal enclosures. These boxes are super tough and heavy duty. You will be passing these pedals down to your children's children.