N-O Carlin, who was that?
It would be very interesting to a little more of this man, probably the first Swedish pedal designer.
I got to know him when a customer sent a schematic and asked if I could clone a Swedish pedal classic, the carlin compressor. The schematic also had an
email address to the designer so I contacted Nils Olof and checked if ok.
We met and it lead to much interesting talks about electronics. He used to come by every august when an annual meeting for astronomers is held here. Was he the first Swedish pedal designer, history and so... not sure if I can tell so much about it. We did not talk so much about the past but more new circuits. I saw that Peps Person has a thank you line to NO Carlin on the Hög Standard LP from 1975.
He also designed a 4013 octave down pedal long ago that he didn't make a commercial product. The ringmodulator, also 70's, is a cool circuit. He did that one too only a few copies, back then, but we upgraded the circuit and the kit is appreciated by many. The only two pedals that he made "many of" were the compressor and the phaser. He gave me a number of how many that were made, and I think he said about 100 compressors and almost as many phasers.
Nils Olof had a great insterest in Astronomy and he used to design his own tools and telescopes. Here is his site http://web.telia.com/~u41105032/ for more reading.
Sadly he passed away in 2017.
The compressor was seen with a lot of the so called Progg bands during the seventies.
Kenny Håkansson, Kebnekajse, is said to had it after his delay to get that special tone he had with that band, a great tone!
I saw Peps Blodsband a lot during the 70´s and many, many times N-O Carlin was with the band, adjusting his/Peps pedals during sound checks, possibly also working with the PA as in those days a dedicated sound man was rare.
I remember clearly that Peps had at least the Carlin phaser, it sounded so good in the hands of Peps, I really wanted one, and most probably also the compressor.
How does the various products mentioned on the list compare, and which one can be said to be the best?