Yes, the BOOST on Compadre will operate completely independently of the COMP. This allows you to engage the BOOST side if the COMP side is bypassed.
Also, the bypass state of each side is saved per preset if you use Compadre with an external MiniSwitch to recall a favorite preset, a MultiSwitc Plus to recall 3 presets, or when using MIDI to recall up to 300 presets.
The amount of total output boost from Compadre varies by the settings dialed in with the controls.
With the BOOST side, when set to CLEAN with the BOOST EQ set to flat, you get +14dB of clean boost when maxed.
With the COMP side, you can get an additional +6dB with the LEVEL maxed out if the COMPRESSION is turned all the way down for no compression. Turning up COMPRESSION will increase the output level with squeeze providing more output than studio mode when maxed.
The DRY knob on Compadre is used to blend in uncompressed (dry) signal from the input along with the compressed signal when the COMP is engaged. This allows you to preserve the attack dynamics of your playing while still enjoying the sustain provided by the compressor. The level of the compressed signal remains consistent throughout the range of the DRY knob.
To begin using Compadre with an external MIDI device, connect the MIDI out jack from a pedal, controller, or computer interface to the FAV/MIDI jack on Compadre. The following devices can be used to send MIDI messages to Compadre:
Disaster Area Designs – DPC Gen 3 Series, DMC Gen 3 Series, MIDIBox
Empress Effects – MIDIbox2
Configuring Compadre to Use MIDI
Set FAV/MIDI jack to MIDI Mode
Once you have connected Compadre to a MIDI source, you must set the FAV/MIDI jack to MIDI mode.
Press and hold the COMP footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the BOOST knob clockwise until the BOOST LED turns BLUE.
Press either footswitch to store the FAV/MIDI jack assignment.
Set MIDI Channel
Next, you will need to select a MIDI channel to communicate with Compadre. Compadre is set to MIDI channel 1 by default.
Press and hold down the BOOST footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the BOOST knob to set the MIDI channel. The BOOSTLED will change color as the MIDI Channel is changed:
GREEN – MIDI Channel 1
AMBER – MIDI Channel 2
RED – MIDI Channel 3
BLUE – MIDI Channels 4-16
This setting requires a 1/4″ TRS MIDI connection to set. Once the LED turns BLUE, it will blink until the pedal receives a MIDI Program Change message. Once a MIDI PC message is received, the pedal will be set to the MIDI channel that the message was sent through and the LED will stop blinking.
ex. Send a MIDI Program Change message on MIDI Channel 5 to set Compadre to MIDI Channel 5.
Press the COMP or BOOSTfootswitches to store the MIDI channel assignment and begin using Compadre.
If selecting MIDI Channel 4-16, Compadre will automatically save the setting and boot up once a MIDI Program Change message is received.
Set MIDI Output Mode
The MIDI Output mode must be set to determine what kind of MIDI data is sent out by Compadre. ***NOTE: If you are only sending MIDI data to Compadre or if you are using the Strymon MIDI EXP cable, the MIDI Output mode must be set to OFF.***
Press and hold down the BOOST footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the COMPRESSION knob to select what kind of MIDI data is sent from Compadre to other MIDI devices. The COMP LED will show the status:
GREEN – ON – Using Compadre’s knobs and switches generates MIDI messages that are sent out of Compadre.
AMBER – THROUGH – Incoming MIDI messages are sent out of Compadre without any additional MIDI messages generated by Compadre.
RED – OFF (default) – No MIDI messages are sent out of Compadre.
Saving and Recalling Presets on Compadre with MIDI
Saving Presets via MIDI
***NOTE: Saved Favorite or MIDI presets on Compadre will store the settings of all the knobs and toggle switches on the pedal as well as the individual bypass states of the BOOST and COMP sides of the pedal.***
With the FAV/MIDI jack set to MIDI mode, the currently loaded settings can be saved to any of Compadre’s 300 preset locations at any time.
To initiate the SAVE process, press and hold the BOOST footswitch. The BOOST LED will start blinking BLUE.
Send a MIDI Program Change message from your connected MIDI device to Compare. The LED will stop flashing and C0mpadre will save the settings to the preset location that corresponds with the MIDI Program Change message it received.
To save a preset to the currently loaded preset location, simply press the BOOST footswitch once again while the LED is flashing.
To recall presets on Compadre, send the pedal a MIDI Program Change message on the same MIDI channel the pedal is set to that corresponds to the desired preset you would like to recall.
Compadre contains 300 preset locations, numbered sequentially from 0-299. Because MIDI Program Change messages have a maximum number of 128 (0-127) the presets are grouped into three MIDI patch banks:
MIDI BANK 0 = PRESETS 0-127
MIDI BANK 1 = PRESETS 128-255
MIDI BANK 2 = PRESETS 256-299
Compadre always powers up in MIDI Patch Bank 0, so if you plan to stay within the first 127 presets, simply send a standard MIDI Program Change message to load a preset.
If you will be using MIDI Banks 1 and/or 2, it is advisable to send a standard MIDI Bank Change message (MIDI CC# 0 with a value equal to the MIDI Bank#) before each MIDI Program Change.
Selecting bank 0, patch 127 will put Compadre into Manual mode. In this mode, the pedal will be set to the current knob and switch settings. No preset data can be stored at this preset location.
We don’t recommend using daisy chain power supplies. Ground loops are commonly caused when using a daisy chain power cable to power multiple pedals. This creates a ground loop between every pedal in the daisy chain. Ground loops allow stray magnetic fields to introduce hum into your signal path.
If the only type of effect you use is distortion you may not have (or hear) the ill effects. But, if you have modulation and delay pedals the likelihood of ground loops wreaking havoc on your signal is high.
If you don’t plan on using the included power adapter, we recommend an isolated power supply. An isolated supply works by using a transformer (or multiple transformers) to keep every power outlet completely electrically isolated. We offer two fully-isolated, high current DC power supplies, Ojai and Zuma. Click below for more info:
We always work hard to improve the experience our customers have with our products. The release notes below list the new features we’ve added to Compadre and/or issues we’ve resolved. Download the Strymon Update software to update the firmware on your Compadre.
Compadre Firmware REV v1.05 (Released July 2020)
When attempting to save in a currently loaded MIDI preset (MIDI PC#’s 1-126) by re-pressing the BOOST footswitch during the save process, the preset would save to the on-board preset location instead (MIDI PC# 0).
MIDI OUT was always set to ON with all three modes (ON, THROUGH, and OFF).
MIDI messages would only transmit on MIDI Channel 1.
Strymon warranties its products and their varying components to be free from defects in material and workmanship for the following periods of time from the original date of purchase when purchased from an Authorized Strymon Dealer:
2 Years – Compadre, Iridium, NightSky, Riverside, Sunset, Volante, Zelzah
1 Year – BigSky, blueSky, Brigadier, Deco, DIG, El Capistan, Flint, Lex, Mobius, OB.1, Ola, Orbit, TimeLine
2 Years – AA.1, Magneto
5 Years – Zuma, Zuma R300, Ojai, Ojai R30
1 Year – Factory power supplies for pedals
2 years – Conduit
1 Year – MiniSwitch, MultiSwitch Plus, original MultiSwitch, MIDI EXP Cables, DC Power Cables, EIAJ-05 Link Cables, 24V Power Adapter for Ojai/Ojai R30, Polarity Reversal Adapters, Voltage Doubler Adapters, Daisy-Chain Power Cables
If the product fails within the warranty period, Strymon will repair or, at our discretion, replace the product at no cost to the original purchaser.
This warranty covers defects in manufacturing discovered while using this product as recommended by Strymon. This warranty does not cover loss or theft, nor does the coverage extend to damage caused by misuse, abuse, unauthorized modification, improper storage, lightning, or natural disasters. Damage caused by any of the above circumstances may result in a non-warranty repair fee.
Products that were purchased from an unauthorized dealer are not covered under warranty. The warranty is non-transferrable and does not cover used or second-hand products.
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In the case of malfunction, the purchaser’s sole recourse shall be repair or replacement, as described in the preceding paragraphs. Strymon will not be held liable to any party for damages that result from the failure of this product. Damages excluded include, but are not limited to, the following: lost profits, lost savings, damage to other equipment, and incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, or inability to use this product. In no event will Strymon be liable for more than the amount of the purchase price, not to exceed the current retail price of the product. Strymon disclaims any other warranties, express or implied. By using the product, the user accepts all terms herein.
How to Obtain Service Under this Warranty
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For International Customers: Contact the Strymon dealer from which the product was purchased from in order to arrange warranty repair service.
You can also contact Strymon directly at (805) 468-8788 or (800) 980-8160 for help finding your nearest authorized Strymon dealer.
Strymon products purchased from an authorized dealer are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. A purchase receipt from an authorized dealer is required with any request for warranty service.
Please note that any Strymon products that have been purchased from an unauthorized dealer are not eligible for coverage under the manufacturer’s warranty. If you are uncertain, please contact Strymon directly at (805) 468-8788 or (800) 980-8160 before your purchase.
***NOTE: Warranties for Strymon products are non-transferrable. Second-hand items, including sales from websites such as craigslist, Ebay, and Reverb are not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. Furthermore, there are no authorized dealers on Amazon, Ebay, or Reverb selling “NEW” Strymon products in the USA.***
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All Strymon pedals are Designed and Built in the USA.