FMR Audio ARC Compressor Stomp Pedal
The FMR Audio ARC Compressor Stomp Pedal is a a unique combination of features that you will find equally useful in the studio or on the stage. This pedal is named for its ability to enhance the sound of many different instruments!
The FMR Audio ARC - an acronym for "Articulation, Resonance & Clarity"provides a unique, niche function by allowing the musician to change the balance of these three characteristics of their instrument(s). Originally designed to help the flagging guitar chops of its designerby smoothing out the fretting/picking on a beautiful (& undeserved) 1986 PRS Customthe A.R.C. has found a cult following among acoustic instrument players wanting to experience the "acoustic sound" while playing live with a wide variety of instruments: mandolins, ukeleles, acoustic guitars, fiddles/violins, acoustic basses, lap steel, dobros and the like. One player described the A.R.C. as being able to control, to taste, the resonance of his custom Collings dreadnaught during live gigs, while others have reported finally being able to hear their instrument's true nature through the stage monitors!
How It Sounds
Although the A.R.C. can be used to unnaturally exaggerate certain aspects of an instrument's sound, most generally the sound is operated in a range that sounds natural. Imagine the challenge of playing mic'ing/performing on an instrument whose sustain levels are very low compared to it's percussive characteristics (e.g., a mandolin or banjo) and trying to hear playing nuances without compressing the signal into a lifeless blob! Such is the challenge for many musicians who've found the natural sound of their instruments restored, particularly in a live situation!
How It's Done
At it's core, the A.R.C. is a dynamic processor (a compressor) configured to achieve dynamic/equalization effects. The compressor's sidechain is affected by equalization circuits and is blended with the original instrument signal in varying amounts to achieve the desired effect as a function of its front panel controls.
FMR Audio ARC Compressor Stomp Pedal Features
- 4 functions in 1: A boost pedal, a dynamic processor, DI/line driver & studio-level effect.
- Flexible effect with minimum controls.
- "True" bypass.
- Sturdy steel chassis, epoxy paint & custom-machined anodized, solid aluminum knobs.
- Bypass failsafe in case of power interruption.
- XLR balanced output for console feed.
- Uses a wide-range of power sources.
- May be powered from AC or DC.
- "Natural", but enhanced, instrument sound.
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I've got a middle of the road b-band pickup and a 50 yr old German guitar. I'm so glad I invested in this instead of 1000 plus on a new guitar first. My old acoustic finally sounds as good as it always should have. Love the simplicity of the ARC!