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A distortion pedal that thinks it’s a compressor. Or is it the other way around?

A quick look at Mid-Fi Electronicsproducts page reveals that builder Doug Tuttle doesn’t do clones. All his pedals seem to have some clever and unique angle. His Magick i distortion is a great example. In fact, it’s such a unique distortion that you can’t explain it without talking about compressors.

Special Ops
Old-school optical compressors use an internal light bulb or LED that flashes in response to the input level. A nearby photoresistor (that is, a light-dependent resistor, or LDR) translates the brightness of the bulb into a signal that controls an amplifier. Result: Loud sounds get more heavily compressed than quiet ones.

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