• Pros: Can you go wrong with an MXR?
• Cons: Not as impressive as the higher end compressors.
• Overall: Yet another robust pedal from one of the industry’s greats.
Unlike many of its competitors, the latest version of MXR’s classic compressor comes with an ‘attack’ dial, as well as ‘output’ and ‘sensitivity’ knobs. The goal of this is to alleviate that squishing tone found in earlier compressor models and with a bit of tweaking, the MXR M132 achieves this quite well. However, be careful. Once past noon, we thought the sustain had an artificial quality about it. Best keep it on low settings for a more natural tone.
Apart from that, it’s business as usual for one of the MXR’s biggest sellers. Build is, well, MXR, i.e., unbreakable, and the overall tone quality is as you’d expect from one of the best stompbox manufacturers in the world – clean, clear and bright.
Typically, playing a telecaster and a strat through the pedal brought about the best results. The strat benefitted from a warmer glow and the abrupt high end on the tele was a little more restrained. However, we did find that MXR didn’t do as well on noise as more expensive models on the test. Certainly, this is one that needs a bit of extra tweaking to tame. Nevertheless, the added ‘attack’ knob is a nice update to the MXR classic.
The MXR M132 Super Comp is a fine pedal, which will suit most players, although serious audiophiles might be happier to pay more for a machine with a little extra in the tank.