DBX SL. 2-channel Compressor/Limiter Patent-pending AutoVelocity™ circuit dB of Dynamic Range High-Drive output transformer. The dbx S is a stereo compressor could not be more complete consists of a multitude of rotary pots, buttons, LEDs, and two good old. Despite being both smaller and lighter, this new compressor yields little in performance to Dbx’s flagship SL. The name Dbx is pretty much synonymous with.

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Getting In And Out The two-rackspace SL has two mono compressor channels mounted side by side with stereo coupling and sidechain capability. Also on the back panel, dbx has provided three push-button switches for each compressor channel: Dynamic range is greater than dB, and total harmonic distortion is.

With this compressor the major risk is to take you to extreme settings where extensive experience is required under penalty of making big mistakes.

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dbx 160SL Blue Precision Stereo Compressor/limiter

You could also short pin 3 to ground if you want to unbalance but keep the level up. Purely analog use, since its purchase, it was connected to a multitude of different sound sources, and the first thing that follows is that it shines not exemplary neutrality, especially in the “Overeasy” mode is engaged.

The lower level will not pass anything above 4, but if it is turned fully, it allows the device to release its nominal level of 30 dB, so the onboard limiter is disengaged. An “Auto” button, as its name suggests, makes the detection process and the ongoing attack and release, automatic. In OverEasy mode, the dialed-in ratio setting is not fully reached until the signal has exceeded the OverEasy range and the red LED dbbx.

By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. PeakStopPlus is adjusted with the Stop Level control from 4 to 30 dB off and sets the maximum output level, regardless of any other control. The SL doesn’t disappoint here, as I got tremendous control without excessive pumping and, and now I have a new favorite. The connection is made via XLR course.


Noise is greater than dBu unweighted 20 to 20k Hz.

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Request a new review. There is also a hard-wired bypass relay for bypassing the entire unit out of your signal chain. Release time is defined as the time the compressor takes to return to original levels after the last excursion over threshold. To back up a moment, PeakStop was first introduced with the dbx A compressor and allows setting up an absolute ceiling for all fast transients that outpace or slip by the compressor’s gain reduction setting.

The V8’s dynamic range is specified at greater than dB with 0. Sort by most recent most useful. Though precise, the nomenclature can be confusing, especially since there is no established convention among compressor manufacturers as to whether fully clockwise is fastest or slowest.

This makes it much simpler to use and allows compressor work much more finesse, since the settings are changing constantly following the signal envelope, a pretty daunting thing to do manually. The compression ratio control is smooth and continuous from 1: Here controls are conventional for a compressor. You can hear the confident “click” of a hard-wired bypass relay with a verifying red LED when you select sidechain mode.

The Output Gain control adjusts the output level with up to 20 dBu of makeup gain. Including manual operation Overeasy triggered mode. It does this without introducing harsh-sounding artifacts.

As with any high-end device it will also be inserted into an audio system that will fit him, coherent knowledge and same range. This compressor has been tweaked through its taken by a specialist, which led to a great and professional tool. Cookies help us improve performance, enhance user experience and deliver our services. This posed with a little practice and a look at the lights on the facade of the S 16sl to navigate quickly. DBX but ddbx not stop there, also providing another command called “Stop Level.


The Unbalanced switch changes the output of the SL from balanced to unbalanced and drops the level 6 dB. We will come back later.

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At first it is also imperative handled with tweezers, as mistakes can be made. Back To Home Page. Attack time is defined as the time the compressor takes to respond after program levels have exceeded the threshold setting.

Optional AD converter board X: That said, another way of seeing things is to say that the analog outputs, they have tendency to increase a bit low frequencies while attenuating high, which would also be perfectly acceptable and probably more accurate.

In contrast to “Hard Knee” mode, its action is logically less discreet, and you can easily reach the first sounds nice, but also quite fanciful and frankly little use as ridges flee everywhere.

It should be noted that each key has its course sometimes bicolor LED signaling.

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This “brick wall” limiting is an important feature for successfully engineering maximum-level digital recordings, radio broadcasts or satellite transponder audio uplinks. The PeakStopPlus process was first introduced with the dbx unit and improves performance with the addition of a second stage called Intelligent Predictive Limiting.

Back Up To The Top. That said some artistic applications, in my opinion it can not be regarded as regrettable as it is sometimes useful to make the finest and most sophisticated manipulations by hand.

The amount of control available for both specific effects, like spanky drum and guitar sounds, and more classic applications such as vocal recording is unsurpassed by any other previous dbx compressor. The lighted VU meter has two scales: OverEasy mode is familiar to all dbx compressor users and offers a “softer” threshold knee than the hard knee threshold setting. Subscribe to our free newsletter Subscribe.