MXR Dyna Compressor Review

March 18, 2023
David Sunnyside

dyna compressor review

Compressors are a staple of most guitar players' pedalboards, and it is important to have one in your arsenal for delivering a smooth, professional sound. A compressor can help you achieve a clear, focused tone and add a little extra sustain to your solos.

Dyna Comp Review - MXR

The MXR Dyna compressor has been around for quite some time now and is used by many of today's most famous musicians. It is a simple, but highly effective compression pedal that is great for those looking to get the most out of their guitars.

Its circuit is based on Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA) compression and provides a fast attack and relatively slow decay and release that works well for many guitar playing styles. It also reduces attack transients and amplifies weak signals slightly to improve sustain.

There are two knobs that control the amount of compression you receive, with a sensitivity control that ranges from a transparent squeeze to a full-bodied grip. This makes it a versatile and versatile tool that can be tweaked to suit most of your playing needs, making it ideal for delivering a wide variety of different types of compression sounds.

MXR uses an Intersil CA3080 "metal can" operational transconductance amplifier for its compression circuit. It's a fixture in the original MXR Dyna Comp and has inspired many boutique models.

Clean, transparent compression

The Mini also benefits from an increased dynamic range and headroom, which can be particularly helpful when working with other effects like a wah or a chorus pedal. It's also quieter and more transparent than the original, with less pronounced vintage-style coloration that may be missed by some players.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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