HORIZON - OPTICAL COMPRESSOR
How many times have you heard the term “studio-quality compression”? Tons, we’ll bet. Why is that? Well, studio compressors were used on thousands of classic records, and are packed with high headroom circuits that add warmth and dimension while accurately tracking your signal. Our Horizon compressor works in such a way, providing you with an optical compressor design that always sounds natural and even-keeled.
Optical compressors are built with an LED and a photocell, which converts the signal to LED brightness as strings are strummed, and uses that light to vary resistance within the circuit. In short, it’s like a compression knob that changes automatically depending on how hard you play. Optical compressors are much more dynamic as a result.
The Horizon is a sweetly-voiced optical compressor that sounds great in every position. A wide-ranging Comp control changes up the gain and release time of the compression engine, while the Attack knob varies the speed and intensity of the compression. Since both knobs vary two parameters each, there are tons of sweet spots between them.
Because some optical compressors have a perceived volume drop when using them, our Horizon has a Level knob that can add some volume back in as you see fit. If you can perceive the volume drop, so can the audience; this control keeps the action nice and mindful of the mix.
Each Horizon compressor is 100 percent analog and is equipped with true-bypass switching for optimal tonal preservation.
Turning the Comp knob up increases the compression—but more precisely, it changes up the gain and the release for a balanced control.
This control simultaneously adjusts the speed and intensity of the Horizon. Turning it up controls how quickly the pedal “clamps down” on the signal.
Some compressors can cause a perceived dip in volume as they work their magic. The Vol control gives you a little extra push when you need it.
Instrument or other pedal goes here.
Amplifier or other pedal goes here.
True bypass footswitch:
Turns the effect on and off.
The Horizon requires a center-negative 9VDC power adapter with at least 5mA of current (not included). Almost all power supplies meet this requirement, but check yours beforehand.
4.39" x 2.34" x 1.06" (112 x 60 x 27mm)