CARMA - basic compressor.
We've reintroduced our most basic compressor.
2 knobs and a footswitch. For a long time we'd dropped this format from our lineup. Previously this compressor was known as the Burgs comp. Well, it's back by popular demand, now wearing the CARMA badge.
Btw .... we know that Carma isn't spelled with a "C" ... the "c" thing is a personal reference to a long, boring, and rather comedic story that involves this circular universe and my lifelong struggle to prove it's imbalance (man oh man .. the futility of such a thing! ... a very unproductive struggle mind you ... the very thought of it is pointless! Jimminy Christmas I think of the oddest things!).
CARMA Compressor Video - short version - done by Brett Kingman.
This is a video that was done of our CARMA compressor. A while ago we had a special run of the CARMA going on known as the "BURGS" compressor. Functionally and tonally the Burgs is identical in every way to the CARMA, so they sound completely identical and operate exactly the same way. So this video is totally relevant even though it is of a comp with the name "Burgs" on it.
The video embedded below is of our venerable and hugely popular MODEL 9.
The Model 9 uses a CARMA compressor circuit as the input stage and as one of the five gain stages of the MODEL 9 (precisely the same circuit that is found in every CARMA and CARMA2 compressor). So, at time indexes 3:40 to 5:35 the compression stage (a CARMA) is demonstrated very well.
NOTE: If you like how the compression stage and the "boost" stage of the MODEL 9 sound together - time index 5:35 to 6:36 - then check out our JOE Boostercomp. The JOE was where all of this compression stuff here at Farndurk got started in the first place!
NOTE: If you like how the OVERDRIVE stage of the Model 9 sounds in this video, take a look at any of our X-Series modules. There are even variations within the X-series that have booth the boost stage and the OD stage of the Model 9, so check them out as needed.
This compressor is identical in every way to our old Burgs comp, all I did was use precisely the same circuitry and extend the CARMA name to it. So the CARMA compressor delivers all of the easy use, the great tone, and economical value that our baseline comps always have.
Elegantly simple wiring and purposeful lead trimming result in a super quiet and very excellent sounding compressor. One of the most common comments about all of my compressors is about how quiet they are. My wiring methods may look silly and unnecessarily time consuming to some people, but I'd have it no other way. I feel that high levels of attention paid to even the smallest of details results in an overall finer construct, put simply it's just a better product. The Gods of Mojo judge each and every particle of minutia down to the nth degree, I do everything I can to appease their scrutiny.
Powered by the LittleJoe pc board this reissue of the CARMA has all of the exact same snap and pop and outstanding tone that our two-knob comps always have. Two simple knobs ...
COMPRESSOR OPERATION PAGE: This link takes you to very comprehensive information regarding the operation and use of this compressor. It's pretty much the "Owner's Manual" for our compression modules. It would be a good idea to go over it to get a better understanding of what to expect from the compression circuits we design and build.
Here's a summary of the controls and operation of the CARMA compressor.
- COMPRESSION KNOB: Marked with a "C", this knob allows you to set the amount of "squish" applied to the sound. It can actually be set so that the sound will be compressed clean out of existance. It depends on the signal strength exactly what point in the knob's sweep this will occur at. This ~quirk~ is completely normal and it's the way I've been building compressors since 2007.
- VOLUME KNOB: Marked with a "V", this knob allows you to set the output volume of the CARMA compressor.
The CARMA compressor delivers precisely what you need and nothing less.
Near Zero mode (aka "Boost Mode"):
With Farndurk NEAR ZERO compression technology built in to it, you can make the CARMA into a great clean booster by reducing the "C" knob to minimum. This setting puts the CARMA into "NEAR ZERO compression mode" and reduces the compression to ~nearly zero amounts~ so that you may use the CARMA as a booster. This feature took me quite a while to get right, it involves much more than simply turning the compression down, the circuitry was tricky to get properly balanced. I feel it's at a state of high refinement at this point.
Audio and Video Demos:
Here's a You Tube video of the Burgs comp in use (predecessor to the CARMA .. precisely the same exact sound as the CARMA and CARMA2). This is Brett Kingman doing his thing on a stock Y2K Standard Tele through standard Burgs compressor and into a Bassman clone amp ....
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List price: $185.00.