MXR Dyna Comp Compressor M102
One of the most popular compressors of all time, the Dyna Comp is the secret weapon on many stars' pedalboards. This box will produce that percussive, clicky sound on a clean guitar that you've heard on so many pop hits. It also adds smooth sustai... read more
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edited about 3 years ago
can't beat it with a stick, but you can with a Ross
I recently bumped into my block logo, 90s dynacomp while cleaning up my gear closet. I was looking for my SD1 and BF2 (not sure if I sold them) and found this gem instead. I was really into this pedal at a couple periods of my playing career. Great lead boost into a slightly dirty amp, the extra sustain allows you to play with a little less gain when using a strat and the midrange presence lift really helps cut a mic. Great into a clean fender for chiken pickin' Dare I add this to my board again? Maybe with analog chorus? How 80s of me!
But yeah, if you want classic guitar compression that's not studio grade and just does its thing? this is a great place to start. It colors your tone, but that's the point. Great in a dense band mix. They say the script logo is better but I could never hear a substantial difference. A grey Ross definitely sounds better without adding a bunch of features like booooo-teek versions. Set and forget squash that used to be one of the few pedals I couldn't do without in the recording studio. I am really inspired to plug this in again after replying to a compressor thread in the guitar forum! Everyone should have this or a boss compressor around. They are cheap enough.
edited almost 2 years ago
Exactly what you expect
Say what you will of the Dyna Comp, it certainly can't be accused of not having enough compression; I've never had the sensitivity up beyond 1/2 o'clock, which is plenty heavy compression. Setting the output to a little above unity allows you to get a decent clean boost out of the pedal, and even with the sensitivity dialled way back, you get that satisfying pop of the note for all your country needs, and a sweet, natural sounding sustain. I use mine in front of a Soul Food and a Custom Badass '78, and the Dyna Comp gets a smooth crunch out of the Soul Food, and gives the C' Badass the sweet sustain the pedal somewhat lacks on its own. My one gripe is that the perfect compression setting for the higher strings/notes will really muddy the lower notes at times, although I imagine that's true of most compressors. Still, it's one of the cheaper compressors on the market, and I still highly recommend it!
One of the most popular compressors of all time, the Dyna Comp is the secret weapon on many stars' pedalboards. This box will produce that percussive, clicky sound on a clean guitar that you've heard on so many pop hits. It also adds smooth sustain to lead lines.