Wednesday, 18 March 2020

EarthQuaker Devices The Warden

Original Info:
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. With complete control over attack, release, sustain and ratio, The Warden will allow everything from a heavy squash with fast attack and release to “barely there” subtle compression. Optical compression has a reputation for having more character than a VCA or FET based compression and The Warden is no exception. 

There was already an old post for this pedal that had been put on hold.
It was easier to start a new one to avoid confusion
I've used the schematic from pedalpcb for this layout.


12 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting! I haven't seen a new post on here in a while =)

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  2. Good to see you back! Going to give this a crack in the next few days

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  3. Thank you for the update, the EQD Warden seems very interesting !
    Glad to see some new layouts posted, too :)

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  4. Cool! Something new to build! First post of 2020, thanks Alex!

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  5. I swore off compressors.. until this came up.. I like the optical ones.. now I have to build this

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  6. Hello. Thanks to the layout.
    I tried to track it with the schematic. It's ok, except a pair of thing.

    1. The less important is a missing of a further 100nF filter cap in the power supply. It's easy to include it, if we want, in parallel to the 10uF to the extreme left.

    2. In the schematic the pin 5 of 1044 goes to the ground, in the layout is isolated. Is it a mistake or it's fine just like that?
    In case, we can fix it moving to left the cut track next pin 5 and under the 1004, to get it closer the pin 4, and using a jumper from the pin 5 under the 1044 to three stipes down (the seventh one) and connect it the ground.

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    1. 100n is not necessary.
      I've never grounded pin 5 but if you want it can be done the way you've suggested.

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  7. Thanks for another great layout Alex!
    I was just about to build the Keeley 4 knob comp, could I ask which one people think is the better?
    Take care all, crazy time in history we're witnessing atm..

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  8. Thanks for the layout Alex.
    Just finished building this one. Everything appears to be working correctly. It feels completely different than my Engineers Thumb which is on my board currently. Not in a bad way, just different. Have to spend some time with it, can't wait to see how others like it.

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    1. On my build with the pedalpcb board, I think the ratio knob is not really effective, and on yours? Cheers

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    2. The ratio pot seems to be working correct. In so far as full clockwise is max compression and compression is reduced as you turn it counter clockwise. The change is subtle but I don't really have anything to compare it to say if it is working correctly.

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  9. Couldn’t you theoretically save yourself some time and clip the legs off of the 1044 chip? It would only save a few cuts, but still

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