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MXR M76 Studio Compressor Pedal

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The MXR design team took a classic recording studio fixture and stuffed it into a pedalboard-friendly box. The MXR Studio Compressor features Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output controls so you can fine-tune your compression level - from subtle to squashing - right on stage with visual feedback from a bright LED gain-reduction status meter. Constant Headroom Technology provides tons of headroom for clear, transparent performance that's as dynamic as you need it to be. It's all packed into a durable, lightweight aluminum-housing that's the size of a Phase 90.


• Classic studio compressor in a Phase 90-sized pedal
• CHT Constant Headroom Technology for clear, clean performance
• True bypass

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Finally, a compressor pedal with all the right controls on it properly named. Based on the UREI 1176 Studio compressor of old, this pedal emulates a famous classic compressor. Anyone who understands audio compressor operation will love this beast as it is ?familiar? in the sense that you can tweak all the compression parameters. Of particular attraction (for me at least) is the gain reduction meter. Finally, you can see just how much signal is being controlled. Beautiful. Also, I found the noise floor is surprisingly low. Very acceptable. The only con (aside from the price) is the LED. It is so bright as to be seriously annoying. I even complained to MXR about it. You (as I) will likely need/want to put some kind of semi transparent tape over it. I am not sure what MXR was thinking by putting something this bright on a foot pedal. This pulls the review down from 5 to 4 (along with the price). Since I got a deal on it (sale) at the time of purchase, it made the price a bit more palatable. Lastly to note ? this model (M76) is exactly the same as the MXR Bass Compressor (M87). It has just been renamed, since MXR were finding that the guitar players were ignoring this unit due to the ?Bass? name. So if you find a great deal on the Bass compressor, know that it will work fine on guitar.
Posted by Beacher on Jan 12, 2019
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