Update as of 03/23/2019: In a miraculous act, DHL finally delivered. We have the boards on hand! Building starts now.
Update as of 03/21/2019: Shipment found. Rescheduled for delivery on Tuesday, 26 March.
Update as of 03/20/2019: DHL sucks really big. Confirmed delayed shipment…
Update as of 03/19/2019: DHL sucks.
Update as of 03/13/2019: The missing parts are in DHL’s hands now.
We received inquiries regarding when the CompIQ Stella compressor is coming out.
After revealing our ongoing project a few months back, a real interest stirred up the question, and for good reasons. It looked like a lot of features will be available in this small-sized pedal enclosure. What’s not to like about it? Besides, the sound quality of the CompIQ series of compressors was truly validated by the growing popularity of the CompIQ MINI compressor, and we knew we can provide full control within a small footprint. And boy, we were so excited that we had let people know what we’re cooking, although from prototype to manufacture it does take some time…
But things don’t always go lightly in life. A series of unfortunate events delayed the forth-planned launch of this compressor pedal back in January 2019. We were almost there with it when we had to deal with a family crisis, which put us on hold for some time. But life goes on, and we must make things going forward…
The CompIQ PRO Stella Compressor pedal is now prepared for manufacturing and the first batch of pedals will be available very soon. What keeps us from going on with it right away? Well, is the main part that’s missing from our hands – the PCB board, which is set to leave the factory these days. Hopefully. We expect to have it by the end of March. As soon as we do, we will start with manual assembly here in our micro lab, at which point we will open for taking back-orders. They will be delivered in the following days, afterward.
We could have delayed this a bit longer, to make our batch-stock first and then simply start selling, but, because there has been so much interest about it, we decided to go on with assembly and taking back-orders at once. So, a couple of days back we put up a fancy counter on the page, which estimates the time until we open for taking the very first orders. Whoever subscribed to be notified about a possible earlier opening date (let’s hope it’s not gonna be the opposite of that!), will receive an email in advance, to have a better chance to grab their pedals from the first batch.
After the first wave of interest passes, we will sell from-stock, as usual. Although, it seldom happens that we can’t keep up with demand, as is happening (again) right now with the CompIQ MINI. It is on back-order as well, with an ETD of approx. 3 working days. BTW, thank you so much to all who placed orders for it these days! We really appreciate your trust in us and your patience!
We can’t go faster than that. If it is not clear enough, we build our products by hand, one by one. We don’t have robots. We don’t do large batches. Unless there is a rush interest for a distinct product, as it is right now with CompIQ Stella compressor, we usually do things in a normally slow and fun pace. Hopefully, in time, we become more popular and demand for our electronics will rise. Then we will scale up our manufacturing and sell from stock only, but, until then… that’s that.
Somebody asked about what inspired the Stella compressor. The inspiration came from a vision to have a professional dynamic processing circuit in a small size pedal form. We were helped in our vision by the availability of small-sized Blackmer VCA’s and RMS detectors which are the heart and soul of CompIQ compressors. For Stella, this was the smallest sized enclosure in which this amount of control could be crammed in. Right now we are at the merely 0805 SMD component size. There are several smaller component sizes available, which means even more features and performances can be fitted in a pedal form factor. The limits are imposed now by big parts such as pots, knobs, connectors, switches, etc. So, we will probably stick to 0805 for some time and make things analog, not digital.
Last updated: 2019-03-23 22:54:09