The Comparator pedal produces a gated and simplified version of the input waveform, in a similar way to a fuzz pedal. This is done by triggering a transistor based flip flop circuit which has been designed to experience 'missed counts' at different volume thresholds, meaning that the pitch drops in 5ths and 8ths/Octaves as the note fades.
A Timbre setting controls the harmonic content of the sound, ranging from simplified and computer like, to a sound closer to that of a choppy fuzz face. This signal is then shaped between square wave to saw using the Shape control, before being fed into a filter control for changing
the overall voicing of the effect.