This effect's signal path is 100% analog and built on a hand selected photo-cell, polyester coupling capacitors, metal-film resistors and NOS (new old stock) tube operating at real amp plate voltages.
This pedal features "stacks of head-room and dynamic range for outstanding sound quality," according to the manufacturer, which is designed to preserve the attack characteristics while creating warm and natural compression.
The 'limit' switch selects between compressor or limiter modes. In 'Compression' mode the PC-2A is designed to add richness and thickness to electric guitar to enhance tone quality. Effectrode assures that acoustic players will also appreciate the smoothness and sustain the PC-2A will add to amplified acoustic guitar, especially those fitted with piezo pickups. 'Limit' mode produces heavier compression for fat, squashed sustaining effects.
Pricing & Availability
The PC-2A Photo-optical Tube Compressor is available for $359 (US), is sold in North America through the Effectrode online store (www.effectrode.com) and through select authorized Effectrode dealers.