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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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. On the SL, very fast attack setting control set to maximum counter-clockwise will cause the compressor to act like a peak limiter even though RMS detection is used.

In sidechain mode, the compressor responds to signals coming into the sidechain return connector rather than the normal input. In this situation, I will typically reset the threshold. Finally, here we are in the thick of it. The sound is nickel until the end of the last dB. The Ground switch, when pushed in, references the center tap of the Jensen output transformer to chassis ground. Subscribe to our free newsletter Subscribe.

Including playing time break: The Unbalanced switch changes the output of the SL from balanced to unbalanced and drops the level 6 dB.

The PeakStopPlus process was first introduced with the dbx unit and improves performance with the addition of a second stage called Intelligent Predictive Limiting. There is 160xl LED “traffic light” that shows when the signal is below threshold greenover threshold redand yellow when the OverEasy mode is selected and the level is in the OverEasy threshold range. Dynamic range is greater than dB, and total harmonic distortion is.

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Cookies help us improve performance, enhance user experience and deliver our services. 160wl members also liked: 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.

Dnx face a series of buttons change the system output symmetrical asymmetrical cut with or without mass, with the possibility of setting up 1 point for a floating mass or making the chassis ground central point of the transformer chassis.


And especially with the “Peak Stop Plus” feature, as it can be sharp and quickly wearing so badly mastered. This then becomes an exercise in breathtaking style. Db after compressed and limited the signal, there is still, in this first case, the output gain knob to regain what was lost level dynamically.

Pin 1, Unbalanced and Ground. The Auto button toggles between manual and automatic attack and release times. Also note that the symmetry of output is through Dbz transformers capable of handling elephantine tensions. 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.

dbx SL Stereo Compressor-Limiter

This posed with a little practice and a look at the lights on the facade of the S allows to navigate quickly. Where the DBX is perfectly astonishing is used for purely creative, so its potential can be outstanding. Well to correct all these inconveniences manual mode, and just put it into action to get everything in order, except that the sound loses part of its appeal.

You could also short pin 3 to ground if you want to unbalance but keep the level up. Used primarily on vocals, the S gives the best of himself, and at no time did we notice pumping or creating noise.

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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.

Optional AD converter board X: There is a device on which you have to linger, 160so different settings and listen to the slightest deviation dB carefully and under conditions of optimal tracks. Including manual operation Overeasy triggered mode. Not satisfied with those reviews? With the converter added, there would be three simultaneous audio output streams: The input audio signal, after going through a RFI filter, is amplified and then presented to the new dbx V8 VCA module, the “engine” behind the SLs dynamic range control.


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.

dbx 160SL Blue Precision Stereo Compressor/limiter

Release time is defined as the time the compressor takes to return to original levels after the last excursion over threshold. Did you find this review helpful? Log in Become a member. OverEasy mode is familiar to all dbx dbbx users and offers a “softer” threshold knee than the hard knee threshold setting.

As with any high-end device it will also be inserted into an audio system that will fit him, coherent knowledge and same range. The so-called “Side Chain” feature allows to introduce in the loop detection S bike as an external equalizer, turning eg a de-esser to compet.

Back To Home Page. The V8’s dynamic range is specified at greater than dB with 0. The lighted VU meter has two scales: The second observation is its ability “to eat” decibel easily and without reproach.

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.

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. This feature helps to soften the activation of the VCA to the trigger point, which resulted in making softer and more discreet compression.

Here it is for you to choose.

An “Auto” button, as its name suggests, makes the detection process and the ongoing attack and release, automatic. I used the SL on a variety of instruments, as well as for overall program control. The compression ratio control is smooth and continuous from 1: Maybe we can see a very slight tendency to “eat” a little low frequencies and boost the high frequencies.

DBX but did not stop there, also providing another command called “Stop Level.