If I remember right, it ups the gain besides whatever it’s doing to ratio. I like what it does as it’s rolled up, but had to compensate by turning the output knob down to keep it at unity. Anyway I like it compared to the ross and opto comps I have. I play with my fingers, and already knew the Orange Squeezer was part of Mark Knopfler’s early sound. But what prompted me to look for one was finding out that an OS into cranked Marshalls was how Bush got their tone on Sixteen Stone. I love their sound, but I play clean. And no Marshall here. I was just intrigued how the OS helped both Mark K and Bush get their tone. So the Mr Squeezy is no longer listed on Chicago Stomp Works’ website. Maybe their having pandemic related difficulty getting components? Just glad to see someone else using it!