The Cocaine features the same optical compressor circuit
as its little two-knob brother, the much beloved COCA COMPRESSOR
but offers a lot more controls and tone-shaping
The compression is controlled by two knobs. They do
pretts much what their labels say:
SUSTAIN adds nothing but clean undistorted sustain to
SQUASH goes from subtle tone-enhancing to a more
pronounced compression effect, but even at full tilt it
will preserve the attack of your instrument and keep its
VOLUME allows for a clean boost, unity gain is around 12
BASS and TREBLE are active (cut/boost style) controls
for an effective tone shaping.
The BOOST knob controls an entirely independent circuit,
activated by its own footswitch, just like another pedal
in the same box. It’s located after the compressor in
the signal chain so you can set the comp and eq for your
base tone and hit the boost switch for solos (or the
other vice versa) . The BOOST knob is something special.
Its neutral setting is at 12 o’clock. Turn it to the
right for a full-range clean boost or to the left for a
lead boost with tighter bass and pronounced mids.
The COCAINE is not only a transparent, natural sounding
and exceptionally quiet optical compressor, it also
serves as a preamp, active equalizer and dual clean
Whatever you plug in – electrical guitar or bass,
piezo-equipped acoustic guitar (or any other stringed
instrument) – the Cocaine will make it sound more
balanced, sit better in the mix and generally just...
You’ll probably get addicted soon, hence the name.
Like most of our pedals, the COCAINE features an
internal voltage doubler for increased headroom and
superior dynamic performance.