MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
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MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor

M102 Dyna Comp Compressor, Compressor/Sustainer for Guitar from MXR.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 23 reviews )
 11 reviews48 %
 9 reviews39 %
 1 user review4 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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Hatsubai11/22/2011

Hatsubai's review"Very solid compressor"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
The MXR Dyna-Comp is probably one of the more famous compressors out there. It's been around for who knows how long, and it's been part of rigs since before I was born. The ability to squish the notes works awesome for clean tones, and it can actually be used as a bit of a solo aid as well, assuming you don't plan on squishing the piss out of your tone. There are very few compressors out there as readily available as this, as well as being as musical sounding as this one.

UTILIZATION

MXR pedals are put into very strong housings. You could jump on this from the balcony, and I bet it would still survive. The only real issues I ever see with these are that the switches will sometimes go, but that's after years and years of hard touring abuse. I've seen people spill beers on these without any issues at all. Using it is very easy as there are only two knobs. You simply adjust the two knobs to the amount of compression you're looking for, and you're good to go. There are a few sample settings in the manual, and if you want more info, you can look in there, but considering how easy this pedal is to use, it's really not needed.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound is great. For clean tones, if you ever wanted that spanky kind of clean sound, this is the pedal you're looking for. You can squish the clean tone enough to where it sounds a lot more even and not nearly as "peaky" as clean tones tend to be. Country cleans are pretty much always heavily compressed, and this can do that kind of tone in spades. I don't really recommend using this on rhythms too much as it tends to be a bit too compressed, but on leads, it can be a pretty sweet lead boost that helps give you some extra sustain without harming the original tone too much.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for a solid compressor for the price, this is probably the one you want to get. There are better ones out there such as the famous Keeley Compressor, but that's very expensive, and it's not exactly necessary for everyone. While that happens to be my main compressor, this one is great in a pinch, and I find myself using it whenever I go to a store to test out clean tones.
James...10/01/2011

James...'s review"Best comp in its price range"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
There are really two theories with pedal compressors. You either have a ton of control over your threshhold and attack, or you just get the normal two know volume and compression deal. MXR is very clearly a simple side to this coin. I remember a few years ago this was one of the few compressors out there. The mind with a lot of players was that a compressor was a compressor and that was the end of the story. So you just got a boss or an mxr and called it a day. These days you have a lot of choices and in different price ranges. This is in the lower end of the ranges and the control layour reflects that.

UTILIZATION

If you can't figure this out you have no business using a comp. It's got a sustain control. That's basically it. How much do you want? Most players are going to keep it around noon. Honestly it would be nice if MXR would have one of these with a fixed at noon control and just an on off switch. EHX has been doing this kind of thing with some of their pedals and it seems like a good idea.

SOUND QUALITY

Here's the thing. I've used about every comp out there. From the $300 boutique ones to the mid priced stuff to the cheaper ones like this. For the most part you get what you pay for but there are exceptions. I use this pedal in my beater rig. It's basically a Thinline tele with a Vox AC15 and some rendom pedals. I would have to say I run my knob at about 11 oclock most of the time. I don't like it to sound overbearing which can be an issue with this pedal at times. It's not as transparent as a Diamond comp which is obviously a lot more. This pedal will get you that nashville sound though, and in the sub $80 range I think this is your best choice for a comp. Yes, the script comp is a bit better. But in my opinion it's not worth the extra. If you're going to spend over $100 or so I would get a Keeley or something even nicer.

OVERALL OPINION

Like I said, great value for the sound quality. Not it's not going to sound like a Keeley or a script logo. But those are a bit pricier and not everyone wants to drop $160 on a compressor. This is a great beginner comp or just for people who aren't crazy about them. I recommend.
VishNuRoXoUt04/08/2011

VishNuRoXoUt's review"Noisy, but does its job!"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
The MXR M102 Dyna Comp is one of the most common compressors on the market. It's one of the cheaper units and can be seen on many boards. It's reliable and easy to find. It's got 2 controls a small footprint and a sturdy build that MXR enclosures are known for.

UTILIZATION

The pedal has an Output knob and a Sensitivity knob. Standard 1/4" input and output. The manual explains pretty well how to make use of the knobs. But I feel like it's pretty subjective to the gear you are using. The pedal functions differently with different pickups and guitars I've used. So some good old fashioned knob tweaking will be needed. I've found that I can't yet find a setting to keep it on for everything.

SOUND QUALITY

I've used this pedal with various guitars. A tele, strat and les paul. Also my ESPLTD EC-1000 and my Schecter PT. All the guitars react a little differently due to output changes and set ups. It colors your tone and seems to roll of some high and low end. It's a very noisy pedal but I have it set up to be fairly quite with my NS-2. If you're looking for some country squash or some funky pop, this is a really good pedal for that. But for the more transparent tone sweetening you get on higher end compressors, you'll need to spend a little more money.

OVERALL OPINION

I like the Dyna Comp for more squashed compression, and it's really good for the money, but you can get a much better compressor for a bit more money. With less noise and more tweakability. I've tried other compressors and I think I am going the higher end route for compression. Though this is nice for the price, I can justify a few more bucks for less noise and quality.
MGR/Billy11/02/2010

MGR/Billy's review"MXR Dyna Comp"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
This is the tried and true red 2 knob MXR Dyna Comp. It's been around forever, well more accurately, I think since the 1970s.

I acquired this pedal used for $40. New they run about $70.

It is simple to use. It gives a great boost as well as will tighten things up if needed. Great if you want to even out your guitar's signal.

The best sound I got out of it was using is together with a clean Fender strat into a Fender Twin Reverb. Reminded me of some of the sounds you might hear from Stevie Ray Vaughan or John Frusciante.

If I had paid the new price of what these pedals go for I might feel a bit let down. The pedal is noisy on the high end. There isn't much else out there for the same price. I did hear that Behringer is coming out with a similar pedal. I'm curious how that will stack up. The Behringer will probably not be as durable, but it will most likely be half the price.

Quality and construction are fair for a sub $100 pedal.

If you need a simple compressor for your live guitar rig, this is it. If you want a better hi-fi sounding one, look elsewhere. You will hear a little noise and that is the only reason I suggest it more for live use than in a studio setting.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
mooseherman02/09/2010

mooseherman's review

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
This is a pretty basic analog compression pedal for guitar. It's not a rackable unit, it's a pedal. It can't be edited through MIDI or any computer software.

UTILIZATION

This pedal is very small and compact. It's only got two knobs on it, one for Output and one for Sensitivity. It's got the footswitch and the standard guitar 1/4" ins and outs. The manual explains what each knob does pretty well, though to really appreciate the sounds that you can get out of it, you need to do some knob twiddling on your own.

SOUND QUALITY

I've used this with my Strat and the Les Paul, and I totally prefer it with the Les Paul without a doubt. Hands down the best thing about it is its relative lack of noise. Most pedals in this range are very noisy in comparison. However, it's not exactly the most faithful compressor to my original sound. In fact, the only time it's really useful when you're coloring your tone significantly. The best thing about it is sustain on leads. However, it tends to give it that 80s, fake-sounding sustain that I don't really prefer. Sometimes it's necessary when playing live, but I tend to prefer something a bit more natural sounding. The compressor makes clean tones sound pretty uninspired and boring, and I'm convinced that they're only good at hiding dynamics that would only make your playing sound more compelling. You might need to compress some of them while recording, but I honestly think that you'd be better off with a rackable or outboard compressor, as it's more versatile than this and won't rob your tone of its personality.

OVERALL OPINION

I was hoping that the lack of extremely precise controls would make this pedal less frustrating to use, but the tones themselves were what ended up frustrating me the most. For the price, I guess this isn't too bad, but you can do better. If noise is a huge issue for you, this might be a good purchase, but you'd be better off in the long run going for something with more control and more transparency.
moosers05/21/2009

moosers's review

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
The MXR M102 Dyna Comp is a guitar compression pedal that has a 1/4 inch input and a 1/4 inch output and is overall very basic in make up. It is an analog pedal and isn't a rack mountable piece of gear as it is a foot pedal.

UTILIZATION

The make up of the MXR M102 Dyna Comp couldn't be any easier than it is. It simply has two knobs - one for output and one for sensitivity, which is pretty much as basic as you can get when it comes to compression pedals and compressors in general. Manipulating the tone is a really easy thing to do and getting a variety of good tones is also quite simple. I don't have the manual for the MXR M102 Dyna Comp, but it really isn't necessary as the pedal is simple on its own.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound of the MXR M102 Dyna Comp is awesome and the pedal is one of my favorites because of this. The sustain you can get on this pedal will last for days and you can also get a nice crunch tone with it as well. I usually use this pedal with a Fender Stratocaster plugged into a 1976 Fender Twin Reverb amplifier and I'm always very pleased with the tones I'm able to achieve with this set up. The sound of this pedal makes it a worthy investment for any guitarist.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had my MXR M102 Dyna Comp for about three or four years and I've found it to be a great compression pedal. While it certainly doesn't sound as good as some rackable compressors, as far as compression pedals go this is one of the best ones out there. The price is very reasonable and the only other compression pedal I've used that is comparable in tone and in price is the Boss CS-3. I think every guitarist should own a compression pedal as I love adding that endless sustain to my lead parts and that crunch to my rhythm parts and the MXR M102 Dyna Comp is one of the best ones out there for doing so.
MGR/Anonymous12/30/2003

MGR/Anonymous's review"MXR Dyna Comp"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
Paid $75 at a used place

I like everything about this pedal. It is tuned and set up for the guitar and enhances all manner of signal you throw at it. Whether you want to bring out the clean tones or sustain the gritty tones, the dyna comp does the job and adds very little noise in the process. It's also very easy to use, unlike many compressors. I like to put the output at 3 o'clock and the sensitivity at 8:00 o'clock. The effect is there but is unobtrusive.

I can't think of a bad thing to say.

Excellent

A must have for any analog pedal maniac. Don't leave home without it.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
ThibautGPP08/14/2014

ThibautGPP's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Hard to do without"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
RAS, everything is stated in other reviews. Simple, unbreakable, simple and effective.

UTILIZATION

The config is in itself could not be more simple, with only two knobs. on the other hand, each setting gives a specific sound, we must take the time to master the craft. I guess this is the case for compressors in general.

SOUND QUALITY

I personally love. The sound is slightly colored effect, which I find very flattering. It brings a little je ne sais quoi in the midrange without crushing the rest of the spectrum, slap!

I use it primarily with output at 5am and sensitivity at 8:00. Without compressing too, we gain much in sustain and despite everything "plop" feature I love attacking the strings means well. To illustrate, we're really in the spirit of the intro to Under The Bridge, or solo Another Brick In The Wall.

I play a strat equipped with EMG SA and did quasimment longer needs my EHX freeze so the chords are longssss. For solos like indie-rock-blues, dyna comp does wonders to bring relief to his game, including offering high ghost notes, mutes or natural harmonics.

Coupled with a TS-like (in my case the EHX East River Drive), it really is a killer: it is in the grain of the intro to "which of us two," or pushing a little gain, the solo of "late night" (foals).

I hope these examples give an idea of ​​the different types of sounds to pull the pedal!

OVERALL OPINION

I discovered this pedal with the world of compression (I did toy with the compressors before multi effects or computer music "basic", it has nothing to do). Without having tried other models, so I am unable to compare or judge the pedal compared to others.

For my game, it's top and really matches my expectations. I find it perfect for sounds a bit more fluid and crados frusciantien or gilmourien type solos. on the other hand, it strikes me as ill-suited to shred and metal.

€ 85 ... well that's the price of a pedal what! I think it's worth. It stings to drop a ticket for a fun effect less than others at first, but your sound will come out really transcended!
NicoBraunschweig08/25/2013

NicoBraunschweig's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" fine"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
Pure and simple compression.

UTILIZATION

Two pots, one that "pushes" the bottom and one that compresses the top. Stupid, no frills.

SOUND QUALITY

A new life began the day I tried the compressor first. I do not even think resell CS3, the fear of being a scam.

OVERALL OPINION

I changed my tune by this comp CS3 dynamic, and I finally know what is a real compressor ... I regret not having bought it earlier.
Depresso05/28/2013

Depresso's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Relentless"

MXR M102 Dyna Comp Compressor
MXR quality, super strong. I bought mine OCCAZ (she has apparently lived before) and I find it very very soft knobs, I'm always afraid of brushing and blow up the settings. I do not know if this is the case or the latest new models.

UTILIZATION

There is always a moment galley before finding the right settings (like any compression eventually) but once seated it's all good. What must be used.

SOUND QUALITY

The comp itself is great, perfectly suited to what I wanted. Fun to play stoner / doom, I was looking for the comp to accompany my fuzz with good sustain and erase my attack when I play with a pick. Nickel from this point of view. Note that it is not transparent, it adds a little color that does not displease me, but that may hinder certain.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for almost a year now. I love MXR still an excellent price / quality ratio when looking for a quality product without breaking the bank too much. A small flat on the cowardice of knobs, to check if it is still relevant or just mine.

Bought € 70 OCCAZ, I'm not disappointed and I hope to keep it a while :)