Troubleshooting Guide

Follow these guides to help fix problems with your Origin Effects pedal

There is a lot of hum when my compressor is on

Origin Effects compressor pedals are designed to be quiet and hum-free, however the nature of a compressor effect is that it will amplify any quiet signal entering it. If noise or hum is entering your signal chain before the compressor it will become louder when leaving the compressor circuit.

Best practice is to place a compressor pedal before any devices which could be adding hiss, hum, or noise. Likely culprits are distortion-based effects such as overdrive, fuzz and distortion pedals.

Hum picked up by singlecoil pickups will also be amplified by a compressor pedal. Try your pedal straight into an amplifier with a humbucker-loaded guitar to see if the noise disappears.

I don't hear any sound from my amp

  • Check guitar straight into amp with two mono jack cables. If you’re still getting no signal it’s either the amplifier or both cables which are at fault. If you do hear signal then move on to step 2:
  • Plug your instrument into INSTR jack and the amplifier into the AMP jack of your pedal using the two cables you tested in step 1. Power the pedal with a center negative power supply that supplies between 9Vdc and 18Vdc.
  • Toggle the footswitch to ensure the LED lights up. If it does move to step 4:
  • Set the IN and OUT controls to 12 o’clock. Play your instrument – you should hear a signal in both bypass and on modes.
  • If you are still not hearing signal then contact us.

My signal sounds distorted when compressing

  1. All of our Cali76 pedals will distort when certain settings are combined – this is because each control has a broad range which makes the Cali76 useable with a variety of instruments, eg, guitars, drums, vocals…The distortion can be described as a crackly, crunchy effect which can increase as the note fades out.

    Setting the RATIO, ATTACK, and RELEASE controls near maximum will certainly produce distortion with electric guitar, especially on lower strings.

    Try these settings to see if the distortion disappears:

    RATIO          12 o’clock
    ATTACK       12 o’clock
    RELEASE     12 o’clock
    OUTPUT      1 o’clock
    INPUT           3 o’clock

My Cali76-TX produces a "fluttering" sound

This will occur when the unit is powered from a supply providing voltage between 9V and 18V. The relays inside the TX and TX-L models will switch at around 11V kicking in the transformer circuit; the relays can rapidly switch on and off if supplied with a voltage close to this.

Supplying the unit with less than 10V and more than 13V will ensure no relay fluttering.