The new MXR Dyna Comp Mini Compressor is the latest in a series of mini versions of old classics from the company’s back catalogue.
The old MXR Dyna Compressor has been squeezed into a mini chassis and they have even managed to add a blue LED light on the front as well, which is something the original pedals never had. The idea is simple enough:take a classic design and make it smaller. It looks as though the brief has been met with this one. If you are looking to fit some compression onto a cramped pedal board or you just like carrying less stuff then this may well appeal to you.
With a simple two-knob interface of Output and Sensitivity, plus an Attack button, you get just enough control to set your compression levels and how quickly that compression kicks in via the Attack switch. The switch essentially halves the attack time when depressed, so you get two choices which is probably all you really need for a live situation anyway.
You will of course need to run the pedal form an external 9V power supply and the jack sockets for input and output are positioned on the sides, so take into account the way this would fit onto your board. Even though it is fairly small, wiring it up is a bit awkward on very cramped boards.
I like the layout and but the only drawback may be the price as it is listing at €135 which I feel personally is a tad overpriced, considering there are so many alternatives already available. But then it is a USA-based company and everything from that side of the Atlantic is becoming expensive in Europe at the moment.
MXR Dyna Comp Mini page