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Engineering Origins – Adaptive Circuitry

By Jacob Holdsworth | Aug 18, 2023

Following the recent release of the Halcyon Gold Overdrive, we are pleased to say there has been a renewed interest in our pedals, particularly those that feature our Adaptive Circuitry. You’ve most likely already heard the sales pitch from us about how this proprietary tech can improve your tone, but what goes through a designer’s…

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PRESS RELEASE: Halcyon Gold Overdrive

By Jacob Holdsworth | Aug 8, 2023

We are proud to announce the release of our new Halcyon Gold Overdrive, an adaptive overdrive pedal based on the Klon® Centaur®. The latest pedal to feature our proprietary Adaptive Circuitry, the Halcyon Gold Overdrive’s unique design allows it to adapt its voicing in response to pick attack and volume knob changes. We have gone…

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Tech Tips: Adaptive Circuitry Across the Range

By Jacob Holdsworth | Jul 12, 2023

When we released the Halcyon Green Overdrive in July 2022, we also debuted our Adaptive Circuitry. This proprietary technology allows the all-analogue pedal to adjust its voicing in response to volume knob changes and playing dynamics, offering a never-before-seen “cleaning up from the volume knob” experience.  We know this is a bit of a pedal…

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Origin Effects: Ask Us Anything

By Jacob Holdsworth | Jun 28, 2023

June 28th, 2023 |  John Dines, Jacob Holdsworth, Simon Keats, Joe Biggs, Origin Effects Ask us Anything Questions / Answers: Do you have plans to bring back the large-format Cali76 pedals, either as a limited edition or as a standard production pedal? Will you make a fuzz pedal? What are your favourite fuzz pedals? Do…

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Tech Tips: Three pedals, Two Approaches, One Very Compact Bass Board

By Jacob Holdsworth | Jun 15, 2023

June 15th, 2023 |  John Dines Bassists can be pretty good at keeping it simple, especially when compared to guitarists. Certainly, in mainstream music, there’s an appreciation of finding an instrument and a signal path that works, then sticking to it.  But simple rigs still require complicated decisions. For a start, guitarists almost all agree…

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Tech Tips: DCX Placement In Your Signal Chain

By Jacob Holdsworth | May 5, 2023

May 5th, 2023 |  John Dines   We recently launched our DCX BOOST and DCX BASS pedals and we’re thrilled to see how well they have been received. It’s great to see so many guitarists and bassists trying them out in all sorts or different rigs, so we’re here to talk about signal chain order…

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Tech Tips: Desktop Direct Recording

By Jacob Holdsworth | Apr 14, 2023

April 14th, 2023 |  John Dines So, you want to record at home? You’ve got a decent computer running your choice of DAW, you bought an audio interface, so you’re good to go, right? But what do you plug into it? This is actually one of the few areas of guitar gear where there isn’t…

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Artist Interview: Trace Foster

By Jacob Holdsworth | Mar 31, 2023

Who are you and what do you do?
 TI’m Trace Foster and I’m a guitar technician and player/songwriter/producer. I’ve been in the industry for 40 years now.   Where did you start from, what’s your musical origin story? 
 I grew up outside of Chicago in Rockford, Illinois (Cheap Trick territory). I’ve been playing guitar…

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Tech Tips: Cali76 on Acoustic

By Jacob Holdsworth | Mar 17, 2023

March 17th, 2023 |  John Dines   We spend a lot of time talking about compressors. Rightly so – our Cali76 pedals are accurate recreations of the famous 1176 studio compressor, probably the most widely used studio compressor there is. Electric guitar and bass players know all about this already, and we’ve covered these uses…

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