Flat Cat

Bring studio quality tone to the stage with the Flat Cat, a clean compressor that is distortion free.
Price: $175.00
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ABOUT
Jason Ricci, arguably the best modern harmonica player today, asked me to build a compressor pedal. He specified that it had to be distortion-free and include a VOLUME control; plus he wanted a modern style to the pedal, a cool color, and cool graphics. The result is the Flat Cat, a distortion-free optical compressor.

What does a compressor do? A compressor "compresses" the signal your microphone produces and equalizes the dynamic range. The benefit of a compressor lies in that every note played will be at nearly the same amplitude, and therefore nearly equal in volume. This will help equalize tones that are sometimes lost in the mix because of complex overtones, and it will result in a more articulate sound. The Flat Cat is an optical compressor, which makes it distortion-free. The addition of the VOLUME control allows the user to make up volume lost through compression. The Flat Cat is great for rock and blues rock. Sometimes it is hard to tell it is on, but you will miss it when it is off.


POWER
The Flat Cat operates off of a 9V battery or a 9V DC power adapter. To make it all just a little easier, Lone Wolf is offering a power supply for US and EURO customers to power your pedal. The AC adapter requirements are a 9V DC with a minimum 100mA output and a 2.1mm x 5.5mm connector with a negative center surrounded by a positive outside. The battery is switched OFF when an external power supply is used, and the unit is always powered whenever the mic is plugged in. The power adapter is sold seperately.


FEATURES
  1. Clean tone, no distortion
  2. VOLUME control
  3. SQUASH (compression) control
  4. True bypass foot switch
  5. 9V DC input (barrel a with negative center)
  6. High impedance buffered input
  7. Bypass ON/OFF LED
  8. Reverse voltage polarity protection
  9. 9V battery operation
  10. 10 year warranty on parts and labor
  11. If not satisfied, return within 60 days, undamaged, for a refund minus 4% cc fee and shipping

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Brutal!!!!
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Atun (Seattle) - February 11th 2017
It's hard to explain who it's works, But the combination with any type of distortion, especially with Fuzz, is wonderful.
Use it with everything
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Duke Berryman (Los Angeles) - November 3rd 2014
I noticed a review I did in 2012 asking for a compression pedal, and Randy and Jason delivered. I tried a bunch of guitar comp pedals, but the Flat Cat is more subtle, more transparent, and just more effective than any gtr pedal. At first, I only used it with my SM57, but now I use it with my crystal mic, too. Thanks again - using the Flat Cat, I can use any mic in any amp.
Clear up your muddy sound with a Flat Cat
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Wendell Ray (IN) - July 6th 2013
The Flat Cat is a pedal that is a MUST especially if you play rather fast runs. It gives precision sound to the fast runs and gives every note an identity rather than sounding muddy and unclear. It is a very slight change that makes all the difference in the world. After playing with it you can definitely tell when its off.