MXR Dyna Comp as just a boost pedal?

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  1. Ed P

    Ed P Friend of Leo's

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    Does anyone use their Dyna Comp as just a boost pedal when they don't need a compressor?

    This option intrigues me because it could be used either/or. I'm trying to clean house, so I'm looking at pedals that can effectively serve more than one function.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
     
  2. surlydude

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    Right now, I'm doing the same thing with my Keeley 2 knob.
     
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    I use a Carl Martin for my comp and I have a Barber Tone Press that I use for clean boost.

    I have had a Dyna Comp in my pedals for 25+ years. I would think it would make a great clean boost.
     
  4. FMA

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    Maybe I'm off base, but whenever I've tried to use a comp as a boost, by the time I got it where I liked it, it introduced a good bit of noise. Except for the Tone Press, which is designed to combine boost and comp. (Great pedal, by the way.) Maybe I was doing something wrong with just comps, or maybe my old Ibanez comp was just noisy to begin with...
    As i said, Tone Press does the job. Most of the time, though, I use a Boosta Grande.
     
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    Did you set compression/sustain level on minimum?
     
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    I agree with the noise comment. A stock Dyna Comp doesn't have enough oomph to use a decent boost without pushing the sustain up.
     
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    Yes, I have used mine that way.
     
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    I do. It may add a little color to the tone but pushes me out ahead of the band for my little parts. Used to have an Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 set at 11 o'clock. Pretty cheap, used, and doesn't color the tone or add sustain.
    I have the big, rubber knob covers on my Dyna-Comp so I can adjust the output and sensitivity with my feet while I play. Whatever works.
     
  9. Ed P

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts - lots of material to chew on. I love TDPRI.
     
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    Signal to noise is kind of high. Plus I don't like bending over to mess with knobs on pedals. I just use a volum pedal or a switchable graphic EQ to create a boost.
     
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    I love using my dyna comp as a clean boost. I keep the Sensitivity low, around 9 to 10 oclock, but the Output is high at 3 to 4 oclock. I find it makes a wonderful clean boost with just a little compression. Highly recommended.
     
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    With a sterile,super clean solid state amp,a non-transparent compressor like a dyna-comp is the perfect boost pedal. Sort of mimics the tube amp sag and compression that solid state amps lack,IMHO.
     
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    I have mine set both knobs at 12:00. That's a bit of push and a little squish.
     
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    I've been using a DynaComp (or my newer Whirlwind Red Box, which is a script DC clone with LED and TB) as a boost for a while. Actually, I don't boost a lot with it, I set it at low sensitivity and set the level at predetermined points for evening out the levels when I change guitars. Generally, I set it at unity gain for the Gibson humbucker guitars and turn up the level for my Fenders to match the output. Sometimes I will set the levels a little higher to boost a bit, but usually it's there as a buffer for the effects chain and to match the outputs of different guitars, it also gives just a slight bit of compression and tonal enhancement. I used to do the same thing with an MXR Micro Amp, but the DC does the same thing and adds a little compression as a bonus.

    Al
     
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    I have it set so that it both boost my overall volume and adds a slight bit of compression and sustain. It works great as both for me. It's also my "very light" overdrive pedal. haha.
     
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    I use a Dynacomp to boost my Hot Cake. It's great.
     
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