Compression–What Is iT?
Compression is a pedal or effect that changes the audio in a subtle way that you can’t tell what changed there. It makes the sound sound different than how it sounded before, which is very cool. It’s a very little effect because you can’t hear what it did.
So–why is it used? Read on to find out.
Why is it used?
Compressors, such as the Keeley Compressor and the MXR Dyna Comp were used to compress the audio because the musicians wanted the sound to be compressed from what it was before. According to Equipboard.com, John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, The Edge from U2, Noel Gallagher from Oasis, Cliff BUrton (Deceased) from Metallica, and Andy Summers from the Police all used the Dyna Comp Compressor from MXR to make their guitars sound different from how they sounded before.
Big one? Or Little One?
So the big question for all the guitarists out there now is, should I buy the little Dyna Comp Mini from MXR or use the old bigger one from MXR? Check out this video to see a sample of how the new little one sounds and decide if you like that pedal or just want to play the old one!