The Proxima Optical Compressor is an expanded adaptation of the Flatline Compressor, a DIY classic originally invented by John Hollis in 2001.
There have been several community modifications and revisions during the past two decades, so while the original version only had Sustain and Volume controls, the Proxima has a more deluxe control set.
This version includes several additions: a JFET input buffer to split the signal, a sensitivity or threshold knob, a clean blend by way of separate Effect Volume and Clean Volume controls, and an output buffer to correct the phase from the mixing stage. If you like the Flatline but wish it had more flexibility, the Proxima is what you’re after.
In addition to John Hollis, we are indebted to the work of Madbean and Stompville for many of the ideas utilized in this version, and we’re hopeful that ours will in turn inspire others to take it even further.