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Dynacomp or Wampler compressor?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by bray83, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. bray83

    bray83 Tele-Meister

    May 16, 2011
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    I need a compressor like today.....

    I need some advice. I am saving for a Wampler ego compressor. I like the sound clips, and I have the hot wired pedal which is great.

    But the Dynacomp I see has great reviews and alot of people on this forum use it. And it's a heck of alot cheaper...

    Am I saving just to blow money on a name, and should go get the Dynacomp today? Or is the extra coinage well worth it in the sound?

    All advice welcome..... Wampler ego compressor, or mxr Dynacomp??

    (I play direct to pa. Guitar, hot wired, boosta grande, tech 21 blonde, pa.)

  2. zombiwoof

    zombiwoof Tele-Holic

    Oct 17, 2008
    Tujunga California
    I'd suggest a third option: The Whirlwind Rochester Series Red Box. This is the original script DynaComp circuit, with the addition of true bypass and LED. It sounds incredible, it really cops the scrip DynaComp sound. It should, as it was designed by one of the guys from the original MXR company to be just like the original, only with the updgrades (TB and LED). I highly recommend it over any of the Dunlop products. I got mine in mint condition with box and papers for less than $80 from Ebay, and it is one of the early ones that is hand-signed inside by the designer. It is everything I wanted in a script Dyna-Comp sound. Check it out.


  3. RubyRae

    RubyRae Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2009
    IMO a good compressor is worth saving for. I had a dyna comp and didn't like it, some do...
    I have a Hartman compressor now and like it. The best one I have heard is from Wilson Effects. That will be my next one when I get the money. Truly awesome.
    I am sure Wampler is pretty good but never played one. I also hear good things about analogman, but I made my decision months ago about wilson. Good luck.

  4. zombiwoof

    zombiwoof Tele-Holic

    Oct 17, 2008
    Tujunga California
    Another good option is the BBE Bench Press, it's a little larger box, but it is the Ross Comp circuit (which was an improved DynaComp), with true bypass, LED, and addded attack control, which makes it more versatile than the original. I'm torn between the BBE and the Red Box, both are awesome, and not too expensive. The attack control on the BBE gives it a slight edge, and BBE pedals are well-made with good components, and their support is first-rate. Just another choice to consider.


  5. vjf1968

    vjf1968 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 9, 2008
    Wilson Effects make great stuff so I would have to say that Kevin's compressor is worth the money. But I have to also suggest the Barber Tone Press. It has the advantage of the "blend" knob so you can mix the sound of your uncompressed signal with the compressed one. You can also adjust the internal trim pot to achieve a more "Dynacomp" sound if you choose to do so.

    The thing about compressors that you have to keep in mind is "a little dab will do ya'." You don't need to be aggressive with the effect or else you will get a "breathing" type noise.

    If you're going into a PA and your are looking to spend the amount of money that an Wampler product costs I suggest this:

    For $250 you are getting a studio quality mic-pre, optical compressor, and an EQ which can easily be put into a rack or near the PA. Neither the Wampler or Keeley offer this. Plus it can serve double duty for recording.

    Of course it does come in pedal form

  6. bray83

    bray83 Tele-Meister

    May 16, 2011
    Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    Thanks guys. I have never bought a compressor. But when I used my processor, I left the comp on all the time. So I am not sure if the Dynacomp sound is what I want or if I want a blend knob type.

    I do know that you get what you pay for, most of the time! So I am willing to shell out for what I believe will be an important part of my sound.

    I have heard the names pop up quite a bit such as Ross, barber, etc. Are these kind of the benchmarks?

  7. hybridrocknroll

    hybridrocknroll Tele-Afflicted

    May 26, 2010
    I had never used a compressor before, got the Wampler to try and I LOVE it. Couldn't imagine not having it now. Blend knob does wonders.

  8. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2009
    Greeley Co.
    I have 2 Wampler dirt pedals and they are fantastic. I'm sure their compressor is great. I have 5 compressors and I use a Carl Martin and a HBE on my pedal board.

  9. Mark N

    Mark N Tele-Afflicted

    I would get the Wampler....or perhaps a Barber tone press

  10. JayDee

    JayDee Tele-Meister

    Apr 7, 2009
    I had a Dynacomp, but I sold it. I was never happy with the Dynacomp. I can't really put my finger on what I didn't like about the sound. I just didn't like it. I now have a Wampler, and won't sell it. I don't use compression very often, but I love the Wampler.
    My Wampler is the old "Ego Squasher" version. It has three knobs and an attack switch. I've heard of complaints of added brightness in the new version which seems odd as it has a tone control. If anything, the old version seemed to darken the sound just a hair. That's what I hear when I use it anyway.

  11. DOGMA Dunn

    DOGMA Dunn Friend of Leo's

    Mar 2, 2011
    IMO the Dyna Comps have been through several stuructural changes over the past 30 years. Each has it's followers. I did not like the newer ones built in 2005-present. They are cheap and plentyfull. It is realiable though and cound be used as a backup.

  12. SockPuppetMasta

    SockPuppetMasta Tele-Meister

    Oct 19, 2010
    I own the Ego Comp.
    Have owned a Dynacomp, Barber Tone Press and a Keeley 4 Knob and a few more.

    Its the best comp I've ever played/recorded with so far.
    Every comp should have a blend knob!

  13. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 22, 2010
    IMHO Visual Sound makes a good comp. I use just a very little to tighten things up. Too much compression alters tone and I wouldn't like that

  14. JPW2105

    JPW2105 Tele-Holic

    Jul 23, 2009
    'Sunny' Devon, UK
    This has been rectified now, the brightening issue is no longer present on the Ego Compressor. All new ones do not have this bright problem like the "older" ones had.

  15. soundchaser59

    soundchaser59 Tele-Holic

    Jan 30, 2010
    Up The Creek
    There is a reason why the Dynacomp is so much cheaper. But if it's the only comp you ever buy, you'll never know the difference, right?

    On the other hand, if it is "a good compressor" that you are after, save your money. There is no substitute for a custom built comp with 4 knobs (or 5 if it's the BYOC). Compressor is one of the most misunderstood fx out there, and it is probably the most tedious pedal to dial in, but worth it if you get a good one and get it set right. IMO, the only other way to get that same effect is to turn your amp up all the way and let the tubes do the compressing for you. Pedals are for people who can't turn their amps up all the way.

    CmatMods Deluxe
    Barber Tone Press
    BYOC 5 Knob Comp

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