Strymon Debuts New Compadre Compressor & Boost Pedal

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Having recently discontinued its beloved OB.1 compressor/boost pedal, Strymon has unveiled what seems to be its logical successor, the Compadre compressor/boost pedal.

The Compadre is well-stocked with two analog compression circuits and two analog boost circuits. The boost and compression effects can be used either together or independently from one another.

The pedal's two compression circuits are Studio - which gives users more smooth and transparent sounds modeled after those found in vintage studio rack units - and Squeeze - which gives users heavier compression with tons of sustain. 

The pedal's boost circuits are a clean boost and a dirty boost with soft clipping. The pedal's selectable boost EQ allows users to select between a treble boost, a midrange boost or a flat mode.

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Under the hood, the Compadre features a Class A JFET input circuit. Elsewhere, users can connect an expression pedal to the Compadre to add volume control, or add an optional MiniSwitch or MultiSwitch Plus to store or recall settings. 

Buyers can also access up to 300 preset locations by integrating the pedal into a MIDI pedalboard using Strymon's MIDI EXP Cable.

The Strymon Compadre compressor and boost pedal will be available starting May 11 for $299.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.