EarthQuaker Devices The Warden - Optical Compressor


The Warden Optical Compressor

The Warden is an optical compressor with a feature set usually reserved for studio grade units. Built with high grade components and internally powered by 18v, The Warden has loads of gain and sustain on tap and will allow everything from a heavy squash with fast attack and release to a wide open, “barely there” subtle sustain by backing off the ratio. The ratio controls how much the LED affects the LDR (basically, compression intensity), all the way up is full signal compression and more of the unaffected signal will come through as you back it down. It’s a cool and more useful control than the commonly found clean blend. The tone control is actually treble boost/cut which allows the tone coloration to go from warm to bright and lively and everything in between.  Optical compression has a reputation for having more character than a VCA or FET based compression and The Warden is no exception.  It is unlike any other guitar compressor on the market today!


  • Optical compression with complete control over Tone, Attack, Release, Level, Sustain/Compression, and Ratio.
  • Powered by a standard 9v adapter and internally boosted up to 18v for more precision, dynamics, and headroom.
  • Handmade with high quality metal film resistors, capacitors and an audiophile grade OPA2134 opamp.
  • Measures 4 5/8? x 2 1/2?

MAP: $195.00

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