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MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal  

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The MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal creates infinitely clean sustain by means of a signal-limiting processor that varies its gain so the output signal stays constant. Features Output and Sensitiv... Read More

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The MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal creates infinitely clean sustain by means of a signal-limiting processor that varies its gain so the output signal stays constant. Features Output and Sensitivity knobs and LED on/off indication.

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MXRM-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Alligator Compression

When I first starting playing guitar, I had no idea what a compressor did. When folks tried to describe it to me, it seemed kind of vague and I really didn't get what...Read complete review

When I first starting playing guitar, I had no idea what a compressor did. When folks tried to describe it to me, it seemed kind of vague and I really didn't get what they were saying. Years later, I have a home studio and now compression is a huge part of every recording I do. While I have plug-ins to do so online, a often reach for the MXR Dyna Comp Compression Pedal when recording guitar or bass. The MXR pedal is the standard compression pedal. It's the alligator of the pedal world--it has been designed so simply and perfectly, that like the alligator, it doesn't need to evolve at all. It works for what it needs to do. Also like an alligator, the MXR can clamp down on your sound with its attack and keep it in check. While compression is useful in small doses to keep the guitar sound at an even volume, after playing around with this pedal you'll soon realise that the compression can alter the tone, and in fact that way you play the guitar as well. You can get nearly endless sustain, or crisp, clean tones that cut through the mix. I've had my pedal for a while, and it still works beautifully. A compressor is an integral part to any performing or recording lineup. Check one out and play around a bit and you'll see what I mean.

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Didnt Work For Me

The Dyna Comp was the first compressor I tried: it just didnt do it for me. Operation was very noisy, and I never could dial it in to a satisfying compression. I suspect...Read complete review

The Dyna Comp was the first compressor I tried: it just didnt do it for me. Operation was very noisy, and I never could dial it in to a satisfying compression. I suspect my own inexperience with compression at the time contributed to my problems. (I ended up going with an Empress Compressor which has worked great and become my always-on pedal).

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5.0

The Gold Standard

By Hitman

from Brentwood, NY

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

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    Best Uses

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    Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

    I used this on my last album - it was the only effect we used, and it was the engineer/producer who suggested it. I loved the sound - just enough to add sustain, that little extra edge it was missing. I bought one for live use, and I'm pretty happy with it. Just be careful if you're using a semi-hollow body, as it will increase the chance of feedback.

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    4.0

    Excellent no-frills compressor

    By fazool

    from buffalo, ny

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good sustain
    • Very effective compression effect/results

    Cons

    • Slightly noisy

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      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      I've played as a very avid hobbyist for most of my life. I recently decided to try out a compressor and did a ton of online research. I thought I wanted one with a parallel blending function but that added a bit more cost and this (basic) pedal was sort of the "standard choice" so it seemed like a safe purchase for my first compressor.

      I had a chance to try it out last night and was very impressed with its effectiveness. It very powerfully evened out the volume to a desirable consistency. I gently fingerpicked a bit, then took a pick and strummed very aggressively - they were very consistent volume. There was a little more sustain - not a huge amount but a nice added bit.

      I did notice the pedal settings might seem "finicky" but there is a "sweet spot" where it just works like magic - so the trick is to play a bit and adjust the controls until you get the sweet spot for you. Once you find that setting it's a really wonderful pedal and I wish I would have done this years ago.

      Now, it's not perfect and it tends to add a little noise to the chain. Again, this is more/less noticeable depending upon the settings - once you fiddle with the settings you can minimize the noise.

      Also, I read that it is recommended to put this first in your pedal chain, which makes sense, since you are evening out the guitar's signal and sustaining right from the guitar into all the other effects. Doing so, made this a much more transparent effect without that weird "squished" sound people talk about.

      I did not find this to be a tone killer at all - Again, if you use it as a subtle evening out of your input volumes it won't be noticeable. If you heavily compress your signal then, yes, you will get some tone loss.

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      1.0

      MXR Dyna Comp.

      By Esteban

      from Lancaster, Pensylvannia

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      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      The Dyna Comp. I had heard so many good reviews about this pedal, which is what ultimately led me to purchase it. I've had it for a few years now and I just can't get the tone I'm looking for. For me, it squashes the tone way too much. Not only that, but it also really really limits volume. The output on this pedal had to be the whole way up in order for me to reach equilibrium with my uncompressed sound. Having the output cranked only caused more problems because this pedal is EXTREMELY noisy. Especially when paired with an overdrive pedal. I think paying a few extra bucks and buying a compressor with a BLEND Knob would definitely be a better idea. From my experiences, comp's with blend controls really help dial in EXACTLY how much compression you need. If I were to have a choice at buying the Dyna Comp again, I definitely wouldn't buy it. I would not recommend this pedal. It's way to limiting to the natural guitar tone and it is also very difficult to get it to sound really good.

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      3.0

      Didnt Work For Me

      By Todd Pennington

      from memphis TN

      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      The Dyna Comp was the first compressor I tried: it just didnt do it for me. Operation was very noisy, and I never could dial it in to a satisfying compression. I suspect my own inexperience with compression at the time contributed to my problems. (I ended up going with an Empress Compressor which has worked great and become my always-on pedal).

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      2.0

      Noisy Sustain and Bypass Issues

      By Todd Pennington

      from Kansas City, MO

      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      Got this used from GC - helped to add great sustain but operation was extremely noisy; enough that it distracted from the sustained tone. I might have been able to dial it in playing around with it some more, but I had some concerns with the bypass configuration on this model. Its not true bypass, and the SPDT switch is hard-wired to the board so it would be a real challenge to mod it to true bypass. Lots of views about pedal bypass technologies: my standard is true bypass, or buffered bypass. I use each in my chain - but only these two bypass modes so I'm going to have to return this one. For what its worth by brother in law has this on his board and loves it...

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      4.0

      Surprisingly Helpful!

      By Jacob Paxton

      from Conway, AR

      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      Compression is a tricky thing to understand and dial in. Most guitarist will shy away from compression because of what it does. Compression is designed to "squash" your tone to where the highs and lows are more balanced and closer together, kind of like bottle - necking your tone. I got my Dyna Comp about six months ago, and it did take me a little bit to get used to the tonal differences. At first, it appears to cut or surpress your beloved tone, but in all reality, it's polishing and balancing it. It does what a compression EQ would do for recording an Album. This pedal has done great things for my tone. I have more sustain, balanced highs and lows, and more tube - like clipping tone to my guitars. this pedal works great in live settings when you need some extra help to get a good on stage mix. The Dyna Comp works great. I tried other compression pedals, but the Dyna Comp had the most character and warmth. This is a great stompbox for guitarist to own, but if you are not the type to want to balance and smooth/tame your tones out, then don't buy it because it's not for those that want all out abrassive music 100% of the time. I play out of a Egnater Rebel 30 all tube head through a Marshall 4x12 celestion cab with a Fender Tele and a PRS SE Custom 22, before the Dyna Comp my tones were great, but after my tones, to my ears, are perfect. It does take some time to dial in, but I believe the end result is great. Remember though, compression pedals while adding more sustain do add more hiss. And also, place the pedal at the beginning of your chain, it doesn't work very well at the end of it. this can be a great tool to have if you take the time to dial it in properly. When dialing it in along with the rest of your tonal settings, sit or stand right in front of your amp or cab so you are getting the exact sounds of what is coming out of your amp. if you stand off to the side you're gonna hear something different than whats really coming out of your amp.

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      5.0

      jeorge tripps rev. f version

      By dale pierce

      from houston

      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      i recently read on a gear blog that jeorge tripps redesigned the new rev. f version dyna comp. so i immediately went to my local guitar center and bought one. sure enough, open it up and you see his initials on the back of the circuit board. it's not a custom comp, 76 reissue or a saffron squeeze. however it's the the best dyna comp to come out in years and the best compressor in it's class by far. the output knob which is much more than just a volume knob has tones of variables of compression. just go buy it.

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      3.0

      You get what you pay for

      By Mikel Trowbridge

      from Portland Oregon

      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      I got the dyna comp to tighten up my clean tone. I play a Fender Strat through a Blues deluxe and was looking for something to add a little texture to the sound. This pedal works great! It totally delivers the tone it promises however I thought it was noisy as hell, even with the output set low. The other issue is that I don't like having to remove the back with a screw driver to replace the battery. (I also broke off 2 screws trying to remove the back when I first got it.) Overall for the price it's a decent pedal. I must admit that I was expecting more, and the whole screw-driver thing was a huge disappointment but I think I'll keep it.

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      4.0

      you have to know how to set it and where to put it.

      By Bruce Harrington

      from rochester pa

      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      This is a great addition to my board, however, if you use after a distortion pedal, or have sensitivity knob up a bunch, yea, it will be noisy, but if you put it first, (just after your tuner) and keep the sensitivity at at 12 o'clock or before, you will have sustain on notes AND chords. it also adds more gain to your distortion/overdrive. I love this pedal, its my new friend!

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By Josh R.

      from Pelham, NH

      Comments about MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal:

      All i knew about compressors before i bought the Dyna Comp, was that they were ecential for playing smooth bluesy solos. When i fused the sound with my Screaming Blues DigiTech and Marshall MG I was astonished. I found it was exactly what i needed. I used this for playing soft solos like "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and i also used it for crunchy songs like "Heartbreaker" and "Bring It On Home." MXR makes a good product and it gave me the sound I was looking for.

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