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Viguier 01/25/2010

dbx 160X : Viguier's user review

«  Simple, transparent enough, always effective »

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Mono Analog Compressor Rack 1U in height. Connectors on Jack. No On / Off button.


The config is very simple, very vintage in approach, because the compression curves are preconfigured, it only remains to choose the one you want .... I have not read the manual, it's stuff that "feels", I mixed the whole weekend with and I wonder if I'll really take the trouble to read the manual I mainly placed above the bass, then taken to the mix with a different setting each time. It is true that we hear a clear improvement when going through something. I think back to others later, because it does not cost too much to chance ...


The compression effect is very well "calibrated" I'll try to pass bass drums and snare to see what it looks but I'm pretty confident in the outcome Both bassists who have used it in the studio were both thrilled, one playing rock vintage, the other Hard, each with a different setting, were able to make their own sound ...

**** EDIT **** from 28/12/2009
After playing well in the mix with my compressor, it seems that it gives a nice color on the low when it comes in strong. The sound comes off fairly well with the Bass Drum (which itself goes into a 1176 via a bus the table), which is exactly what I was looking ... on the other hand, seeking a specific color for my compressor, I do not take another dbx160 for guitars or keyboards, but possibly for the toms, why not!

**** EDIT **** on 26/01/2010
A sound engineer is mixing a few songs come to my house, he took under his arm a few racks with it to complete my set-up. He had with him-among others-2 dbx 160X. He mixed all of his guitars in a stereo bus dedicated to this pair of compressors. It was a "big sound", but not bold or aggressive, just the guitars were much more present, all the time, no color, no further aggression ... So once again: not transparent but we feel there is a magnification of something when an instrument through this small rack ...

**** EDIT **** OF 08/07/2010
I have 2 two constants in the Studio. According to the titles I have to mix, they serve me on any style of source (vocals, bass drums, guitars, bass, synths, organ, ...) and every time I say "really great as bike "!
I think back further, I have a lot of compressors, but it has a quality / price (used) really hard to beat!


I use it recently, but now consistently. Moreover it has no On / Off switch, so it encourages the use when the whole system is powered.

One of my friends told me that ingestion front of people "known" (Veronique Sanson and others) used it on each slice of the table, but also on their table every ride!! To describe the somewhat "universal Swiss Army knife" of the craft ...

I own or have owned a few compressors: Joemeek VC1qc (2 copies), TLAudio Fatman 1 and 2 (sold both), Universal Audio 1176, Summit TLA100 ...
Thereof, and with a great price, is the Swiss Army knife, used routinely at the slightest session, ALWAYS! And this is not the case autrezs "big" references ...
What I like least: the small little less is the lack of On / Off button, but it would always be "On "....
Value for money monstrous opportunity (between 200 and 300 Euros ...), do NOT hesitate to take one or even more! I want to buy many more!