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Walrus Audio guarantees “mountains of maintain and a clean assault from” the Mira Optical Compressor pedal

Walrus Audio guarantees “mountains of maintain and a clean assault from” the Mira Optical Compressor pedal

Walrus Audio Mira Optical Compressor



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Walrus Audio has unveiled the Mira Optical Compressor, a studio-grade compressor pedal that gives complete management over your dynamics. The Mira is voiced for electric guitar or bass guitar, and appears very very like the type of pedal that you’ll go away on more often than not.

That’s typically the way in which of the compressor pedal. Usually missed in favor of extra thrilling pedalboard additions, as soon as guitar gamers discover a compressor they like, it’s like magic – nothing will see it come off the ‘board, or out of your sign chain. And that’s all as a result of there’s nothing fairly like a compressor for sweetening your sound, taming your transients and tightening up your tone. 

The Mira arrives in an enclosure painted by Adam Forster, and makes probably the most of its compact housing with seven dials on the entrance. There are controls for Stage, Threshold, Ratio, Make-up and Mix, plus mini-dials for Assault and Launch. 

On the aspect of the unit there’s a push button to activate a hi-pass filter that’s situated within the circuit’s side-chain – activate the change and it’ll permit bass frequencies 120Hz and underneath to go by, preserving the bass dynamics whereas tightening up elsewhere.

As for the top-mounted controls, Stage controls output quantity, Make-up controls how a lot acquire is utilized to the compressed sign, helpful when dialing in unity acquire and – because the identify implies – making up for any quantity loss from compressing the sign. 

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Threshold controls the amount at which the compressor is engaged. The decrease the Threshold, the earlier the compressor kicks in. Ratio, in the meantime, controls how a lot compression is added as soon as it’s engaged. 

The mini-dials for Assault and Launch permit gamers to fine-tune the Mira’s response, dialing in assault and maintain to fit your enjoying model. Lastly, Mix controls the combination of dry and compressed sign in your sound, which may also help retain word readability whereas boosting maintain in your sign.

Walrus Audio Mira Optical Compressor

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The Mira additionally has a gain-reduction LED on the entrance of the pedal. This lights up progressively the extra work the compressor is doing. The extra acquire is being lowered, the extra the Mira is squashing issues, the brighter it’ll get.

Compression, after all, is of course occurring in lots of enjoying conditions, comparable to when some tube amps are pushed into overdrive, however it is vitally a lot a matter of style. 

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Nation gamers would possibly love a little bit squash to tighten up their sound; blues gamers would possibly wish to retain a little bit extra of their dynamics. 

Walrus Audio Mira Optical Compressor

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With all the controls on provide, Walrus Audio is giving gamers the choice to dial in simply what they want. And, after all, it additionally gives the Deep Six compressor, which is a FET-based compressor impressed by the Common Audio 1176.

The Mira Optical Compressor is out there now, priced $249. It’s true bypass, has top-mounted jacks, and takes an everyday 9V DC heart destructive pedalboard power supply, drawing 200mA minimal. See Walrus Audio (opens in new tab) for extra particulars.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, enjoying them since 1990, and usually contributes to publications together with Guitar World, MusicRadar and Whole Guitar. He makes use of Jazz III nylon picks, 10s through the week, 9s on the weekend, and shamefully nonetheless struggles with rhythm determine one in every of Van Halen’s Panama.

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