SMG Review: Behringer DC-9 Dynamic Compression Pedal

Behringer is an audio equipment company founded in Willich, Germany by Uli Behringer in 1989. The company is owned by Music Group, a holding company chaired by Uli Behringer, which also owns other audio companies such as Midas, Klark Teknik and Bugera, as well as Electronic Manufacturing Services company Eurotec.

OUT OF THE BOX

The first thing that I noticed about the DC-9 was even though the pedal is in a plastic housing, it still felt quite a bit like metal. The DC-9 is a sweet little compression/sustain pedal that is really affordable. At $24 you can’t go wrong. Well, you can go wrong but in this case you won’t.

The DC-9 gives you a nice smooth compression that works well with 99 percent of all of your other pedals, giving you great sustain and balanced volume across the board. There are two knobs controlling the level of compression and the amount/sensitivity. This pedal works great with both single coil pickups and humbucker pickups. The sustain is pretty amazing especially on the clean channel. It has just the right amount of squish when used properly. I like that this pedal is true bypass and super quiet when switching on and off.

Now you might have noticed that I said that it works well with 99 percent of your pedals — I noticed on distortion pedals that have some modulation to them that the compressor will send out a hiss that is pretty loud. Sure, most of you will not ever have to deal with this unless you have a boutique pedal that has a modulation circuit in that particular distortion pedal. I just so happened to have one such pedal that this happened to. However most of you will probably not use compression with hi gain pedals, so it’s not that big of an issue. As most of you know compression pedals are notoriously loud anyway, the DC-9 is quieter than most other brands.

THE SPECS

  • Blue status LED for effect on/off and battery check
  • Powered by either a 9v or dc9v power supply

THE LOW DOWN

The DC-9 is a great pedal for super cheap. It works great with most of your pedals minus modulated distortion pedals. I recommend that you run it at the very beginning of your pedal chain and in front of the amp for best results. Anyone can benefit from this pedal — it’s quiet and has a great compressed tone with tons of sustain. For less than $30 you can get a pedal that will greatly improve the clarity of your tone as well as add tons of sustain and all the compression you desire. I picked mine up on Amazon for $21.99 with free shipping. Not to shabby. Compared to the MRX Dyna Comp there is not a whole lot of difference in tone and function. There is slight warmth of the MRX but overall the Behringer DC-9 is a steal for those on a budget.

Pros: Affordable, quality construction, huge sustain, great squish, quiet, true bypass, tiny pedal.
Cons: N/A

MSRP $21.00 – $25.99

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

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  • Bosco Tanner

    The housing is metal not plastic.

  • Bob Left

    Thanks for the cool review! I’ll have to check this baby out!

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