MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal
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20 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Good Clicky Clean Boost Nov 11, 2009
By Andrew Cox
This was the first pedal I ever bought. In retrospect, maybe I should have bought a fuzz box first, but that's my fault, not the box's. This box doesn't make your sound get fuzzy, pulse or turn somersaults, but that's by design.
For those of you who haven't used a compressor, it makes softer sounds louder and louder sounds softer by reducing (aka "compressing") the dynamic range of the instrument. At less extreme settings, it adds some sustain and a bit of extra attack that helps to cut through the live mix. If you set the compression too high, however, you will end up with no soft or loud passages at all-everything is the same volume, even finger and pick noise.
I like to use this pedal for a clean solo boost and to keep some definition when using other effects. I set this pedal up before the fuzz boxes and wah pedals, put in a little compression (I set the Sensitivity to 10 o'clock or so) and set the output to match my uneffected volume. This gives me a little more attack and sustain and adds a brightness that works well with the other boxes. If I really want to get a clicky, percussive, clean 80's new wave sound, I turn the Sensitivity knob up just past 12 o'clock and I sound like I'm in the Cars.
11 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Fantastic product. Must have in your effects pedal rack! Jan 03, 2007
By Jay Riemenschneider
All you have to do to use this is set the maximum output level and the sensitivity and you are on your way to sweet sustained tones for lead or rhythm guitar. You can also use it to add presence to a bass guitar. This is a compressor with variable gain for constant output level. The plastic knob covers that come with it allow you to use your foot to make adjustments while playing, although this unit is more of a set in and forget it type of effects pedal. Excellent product for the price! David Gilmour or Pink Floyd and Lowell George or Little Feat use this device!
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Great compression pedal Oct 05, 2010
By E. Perkins
I bought this compression pedal to give my leads a little extra oomph and it does just that. When playing hammer-ons and pull-offs, sometimes it can be difficult to get them to sound as loud as the rest of your picking, but not when using this pedal. It amplifies your quieter sounds and levels off the louder ones to give a smoothe sound. Works great if used correctly. Not to be used with dynamic picking sounds because you will lose that louder/softer sound.
I use this with a Gibson Les Paul, and Washburn Hollowbody through a Fender Super Champ amp along with other pedals. It can cause some major feedback if using heavy distortion.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
satisfied!! Mar 23, 2011
I did a extensive search for a comp pedal, I saw a lot of video reviews at youtube and at last i found a winner. This pedal does not mess with your tone and adds no undesirable noise. When you turn it on is like take something out of a hideout and make it visible. For the price you got a pro comp pedal under $ 80. Check out for great deals at Amazon! If I lost it or broke it, I will buy it again.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Good basic compressor Nov 30, 2012
By Ryan Long
Easy to use and offers a surprisingly huge amount of compression. You will want to use your ear and try not to go overboard, because it quickly gets out of control.
I needed this pedal so that I could achieve a classic, compressed wet tone and use it in conjunction with the Dunlop Micro Chorus. There are people who use a lot more compression than I do - for me, it is a simple means to achieving that particular compressed/chorused tone so often found in progressive rock and metal music genres. This pedal does the trick. Another great way to use this pedal is to achieve a nice analog compressed lead tone, similar to Greg Howe's older tones from the early 90s.
I would suggest avoiding this pedal if you use high output pickups. I would also suggest keeping this somewhat noisy compressor out of the effects loop. In front of the amp is fine - no noise, but in the loop, watch out!
Overall, you cannot really find this pedal's equal when it comes to value for money. It is built to last and delivers a pleasant analog compressed tone. Exactly what I needed. It's a classic for a reason!
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