NAMM 2016: MXR Releases Studio-quality Compressor and Reverb Pedals
As processors become steadily faster and more advanced, digital audio effects also increase in quality, removing many constraints that stompbox manufacturers used to deal with. Take the MXR Studio Compressor, for instance, which is really a high-quality compressor in a stompbox package. The familiar compression controls such as release, attack and ratio are all present to help guitarists keep a tight rein on their dynamics, resulting in a much more even sound that sits nicely in the overall mix. Furthermore, it ensures plenty of headroom, and it shows you the level of gain reduction using an LED status meter.
An (expensive) rack effect might be practical in a studio setting, but whether it actually sounds better than the new MXR Reverb is another matter. Six types of reverb are at your disposal, ranging from old fashioned (Spring) and mainstream (Plate or Room), to alternative (the modulation-heavy Mod and Epic) and highly creative (Pad combines sub-octave and octave-up with echoes, reverbs and modulations). If you press the Tone control, you can select one of the available modes, while turning the dial allows you to adjust your sound. The dry signal remains completely analogue, and of course you can count on plenty of headroom. Interesting features are the option for stereo output and the expression pedal input that allows you to blend two settings or quickly switch between them.
Both pedals can be powered by a standard 9V power adapter, which is included with the M300. The M76 can also be powered by a 9V battery.
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