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New pedals from MXR
PRESS RELEASE: The M288 Bass Octave Deluxe is a dual-voice octave pedal from MXR Bass Innovations that offers organic analogue tone, true bypass, and a wide variety of tone-shaping options.
Powered by a single 9v battery, MXR's Constant Headroom Technology (CHT) provides studio-performance headroom and superior tracking. Use the Dry knob to mix your direct bass signal with the octave effect, or hit the Mid+ switch to add up to +15dB of internally adjustable low-mid punch (400Hz) or midrange pop (800Hz).
Bass players will love the two separately processed and individually voiced octave controls - Growl (for throaty, midrange octave-below tones) and Girth for deep and smooth 'octave below' note tracking. The MXR Bass Octave Deluxe pedal retails at £239 GBP.
Custom Shop '76 Vintage Dyna Comp
Following on from the fabulous sound of 2008's as-faithful-as-it-can-get re-issue of the legendary '74 MXR Custom Shop Phase 90 (effectively the definitive year for this unit), well, now we have the equally definitive Custom Shop MXR '76 Vintage Dyna Comp!
See, the so-far hidden secret to getting that nicely-controlled sound that pro players seem to get in the studio or live on stage, is to use a compressor. As ever, studio versions are like blimey-how-much? x 10 expensive, and anyway a stomp box version is far more practical, too.
But it's got to be a high quality unit and perform as efficiently and quietly as possible, but what it'll do is to smooth out your sound, taking any too-pronounced top off your guitar sound whilst bringing up any excess lower range too.
What that effectively does is to squeeze your dynamic range, which also consequently adds a more even sustain to your sound, making it all sound like it does on a studio recording. An impressively pro guitar tone is the end result.
The MXR Dyna Comp that was produced back in 1976 has long been regarded as the ultimate stomp box compressor. There was something inherently musical about the way it tightened up a guitar signal, raising the volume of quiet notes and levelling off peaks to create rich, full-bodied sustain as described above.
And now, MXR's Custom Shop brings back that highly sought-after sound with the CSP028 '76 Vintage Dyna Comp. Meticulously researched and superbly crafted, it features the exact same circuitry used in the original 1976 Dyna Comp, identical in its component layout, silkscreen and handmade wire harness.
The key component is the old school CA3080 'metal can' integrated circuit (IC) which yields quieter operation, greater transparency and increased dynamic range. These IC's have been out of production since the '80s, but MXR has tracked down a stash of them - enough to produce a limited run of these little red boxes of compression bliss.
With supplies limited, the MXR '76 Vintage Dyna Comp is destined to quickly become as ultra-collectable as its noble ancestor...grab one while you can! The MXR '76 Vintage Dyna Comp pedal retails at £279.
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