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 hea... read more
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edited almost 4 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.
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edited over 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!
Good Compressor Pedal
I don´t have to much to say about this pedal but, that´s a compressor pedal that does this function very well. It keep´s the sustain very well and cant be used too on solos , like a gain booster ( without letting your sound dirty, giving you a lot of sustain and , a bit more of gain , when combined with fuzzes, distortions or overdrive pedals.
Great, but not for every genre!
The single note runs or any other situation where you don't want a lot of attack to the notes, this compressor shines through. If you want more versatility, you would need another compressor on your board. Besides that, I have always thought that there should always be two compressors on the board to fulfill all the basic tone needs
1st Gen 1976 DynaComp
Having sold it's board-mate 1975 Phase 90 decades ago I'm glad to still have this one. I've been searching for a replacement to take this off my board for a few years now, still lookin' ... Keeley and the Cali76 are at the top of the list tho', after 40+ years I've grown to be addicted to compression/