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MPC 12 - Compressor
(note, the click in the middle is me switching the module from normal mode to attack mode)
Review by Steve H
Yes... the mystery module. Much of the documentation I have seen doesn't mention it. It must have been introduced late in the game. I think it's a great sounding guitar compressor. Seems to be pretty close to the MXR Dynacomp sound, but has a switch that gives you a slow or fast attack time. I usually use it in the fast mode, but the slow setting has a really nice slow swell after the initial attack. Almost like a t.c. electronic Sustain pedal, but not so clean nor heavy handed. You can get a cool Lanois kind of vibe with this thing. The knob on the guitar is a level control. There is plenty of gain in the fast mode, but it seems to loose some overall volume in the slow mode. I love it, but then again, my obsession with compression borders on a true illness.
Review by Webmaster
This is my first ever taste of a compressor...AND I LOVE IT!!! You can get some insanely haunting sustain with this MPC12. It works particularly well with the flanger module too. The literature totes the MPC12 as a "Dual Mode Device". "In normal mode it acts as a normal compressor over a wide range of input levels. No matter how hard or soft the strings are picked the output volume remains the same..." (this is very true and VERY cool). The second mode (attack) does all the regular mode does, plus..."The compressor will now attempt to hold the note at a lower volume than before, and allow you to 'play over' the compressor. This means you now have dynamics with the initial pick attack and added sustain.". You can also get long clean sustain or dirty overdriven sustain, depending on your choice of settings. I've only used the MPC12 for a few hours, but I'm starting to think that this is the coolest of the 12 modules!