dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter
dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter
SImplicity, at it's finest
Long ago, I noticed that a handful of some of my favorite bassists had the dbx 160 mounted to their instrument rack during live performances. I thought this was so strange.... why not just use a pedal? Empress makes a killer compressor pedal, and it's specifically for bass guitar.
I now understand now. The dbx is truly something special. Like most who have bought this plugin, I use this for recording/mixing in a studio environment. It is hard to believe that such a simple tool can outshine so many of these modern and more complex compressors. That's part of the beauty of the dbx: I can dial in just what I need in less than a minute, instead of fumbling around and getting caught up with another compressor for half an hour and still being unsatisfied with the results.
An excellent emulation, especially for parallel processing.
Hardware Nicely Captured!
I had other companies’ version for a long time so waited for awesome sale to try UA’s. It is better in every way, sonically, graphically and ergonomically. Best for drum bus!
very good i'm happy
Universal comes through solid as usual
I'd been looking for a compression plugin that was appropriate for kick and bass and their symbiotic relationship. This compressor is just that tool. I've used it for both louder and softer dynamics and transitions between them and it sounds fantastic!
Excellent VCA compressor. Perfect for drums, basses and acoustic guitars and more. My first choice for kick and snare. I recommend. As always, the UA did an excellent job. Well thank you.
Sounds Good on Everything
Universal Audio Plug-Ins are my personal choice. To my ear they sound a little better than my other plug-ins. The dbx 160 sounds particularly good on my bass tracks.
As Advertised !!!
I read a lot about the dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter and never found a single review that gave it any disrespect !! And when I finally got it into my studio a brand new dynamic world opened right upon my ears !! It is has and IS every Great thing I read about it !!
Just like the one I own!
One of my favorites
This one is a wow. I put this on my kicks and man! You can really feel this body of the kick and the sound is amazing
R. Nicholas Jr
Such an awesome recreation.
After working for a studio that owned 2 of these vintage units I was searching high and low for something that would come close. Once I demo’d this plugin I swiftly made this purchase! Don’t sleep!
It boost my kicks just how I need them!
Unreal!! This is amazing!! Great sound!!! UAD ROCKS!!
simple effective performer
real efficient perfect results
thanks uad staff
Absolutely amazing! Very balanced and well-rounded, certainly one of a kind. Just the right amount of aggressiveness as well, perfect on the drums buss for a tight yet multi-dimensional drums sound. One of my best purchases ever! GUI could be resizable, though, but that certainly won’t put me off using it all the time.
It is simply Great!
I still don't know what it does. It just makes everything sound better. You can use it anywhere in the mix
I love big drums and massive bass this is the best love it
Pretty hot and tasty compressor, a must have, especially on the bass and drums. Theres a reason this is a classic. You know like Elmer's, GLUE BABY,GLUE!!!!
Dirty punch for transients
Essential for me for that dirty smack on drums and picked bass guitar.
Wish the new mix and side-chain knobs were separated from the main user interface, were larger, and had more options like the Arturia version of the 165.
For that dirty smack of classic psych rock drums and bass, this is my go-to character compressor.
Everyone says it snaps. I almost thought that dbx 160 was just not my thing. I was never happy with the snap from "another vendor" that came out a few years back. It was too dull and yet too harsh at the same time.
Well, apparently wrong. This one snaps the transients the right way. Just that being so ever important. Yet hard to reach. You know what I mean. Easy to set and forget.
And finally with enlarged retina gui. Microscope no longer needed. Next time maybe Fatso? ;-)