The Cali76 Stacked Edition is a new spin on the SlideRIG concept. Like the SlideRIG, it features two of our Cali76 compressor circuits, arranged in series. The difference is, now you can control how much of your signal gets fed from one to the other. It also boasts independently adjustable, combined Attack/Release controls for each compression stage.
The SlideRIG is synonymous with ultra-clean, extreme sustain. By daisy-chaining two of our painstakingly engineered, 1176-style compressor circuits together, we made readily available a compression technique that was once the preserve of high-end studios.
While the original SlideRIG featured fixed attack and release characteristics and a fixed gain relationship between the first and second compression stages, the Cali76 Stacked Edition removes these constraints. With just six controls, you can explore a whole world of single-stage and dual-stage compression flavours.
The gold Thru knob sits at the heart of the Cali76 Stacked Edition. While the input level knob, which controls the pedal’s studio-grade discrete transistor preamp, determines how hard your signal hits the fixed threshold of the first compressor, the Thru knob lets you decide how hard the output of the first compressor hits the second.
As well as adjusting the amount of compression occurring in each stage, the Stacked Edition lets you independently alter each compressor’s attack and release characteristics. Using these simple controls, you can easily combine two distinct flavours of compression – one to add sustain and fullness and the other to subtly limit any stray peaks, for example – or max out both stages for a super-sensitive, ultra-sustaining “clean overdrive” effect.
Setting up the Cali76 Stacked Edition is made even easier thanks to the addition of individual VU meter LEDs for each stage. Sitting either side of the pedal’s traditional on/bypass jewel light, the VU meters give an immediately intuitive indication of how much gain reduction is occurring in each compressor.
Like all of our Compact Series pedals, the Cali76 Stacked Edition features high-current, discrete, Class-A circuitry for transparent, low-noise performance. We’ve taken a no-compromise approach to the circuit design using only the best of modern components.
ugged MELF resistors offer low noise performance and rock-solid reliability. Film and tantalum capacitors offer tight tolerances and superb linearity. Carefully chosen transistors biased at relatively high currents yield a distinct signal-to-noise advantage.
Please note: the Cali76 Stacked Edition is powered by a mains adaptor only (not included). We’ve dispensed with the usual 9V battery option, both to save space and to allow us to adopt a high-current approach, yielding lower noise levels and superior tone.