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dbx 386

Tube Pre-amp from dbx

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moosersmoosers

dbx 386Published on 04/20/09 at 10:30
The Dbx 386 is a tube based analog and digital pre amplifier. It has two channels, each with its own XLR and 1/4 connections as well as separate metering and parameters for each. Each channel has a knob for drive, analog output level, and digital output level, as well as buttons for a pad, phantom power, phase, and low cut. This is a rackable unit and will take up a single rack space unit.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Dbx 386 is pretty easy to follow and it won't take long to figure out what everything does on this unit. It is easy to set your level and the vast amount of parameters allow for this to be a versatile unit that can be used for a variety of applications. I don't...…
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The Dbx 386 is a tube based analog and digital pre amplifier. It has two channels, each with its own XLR and 1/4 connections as well as separate metering and parameters for each. Each channel has a knob for drive, analog output level, and digital output level, as well as buttons for a pad, phantom power, phase, and low cut. This is a rackable unit and will take up a single rack space unit.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Dbx 386 is pretty easy to follow and it won't take long to figure out what everything does on this unit. It is easy to set your level and the vast amount of parameters allow for this to be a versatile unit that can be used for a variety of applications. I don't have the manual for the Dbx 386, but it is easy enough to use you shouldn't need it if you don't have one.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the Dbx 386 pre amp is warm and rich and great for a number of different instruments and applications. I have used this pre amp to record vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, and bass guitar and I always find that I get good sounds when using this pre amp. The sound is warm because of the real tubes which gives it a unique sound that is tough to replicate without real tubes.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Dbx 386 for about a year and I have found it to be a great sounding tube pre amp. It isn't too expensive and is a great deal for the home studio owner. Dbx makes some great pre amps and the 386 is a nice example of what they can do. Overall, the Dbx 386 is a great option for a cheap tube pre amp.
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Joe63Joe63

dbx 386Published on 01/27/06 at 11:46
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
I think no one has, I used to host a benefit on (we had a PM5D in facade) and a besotted with his two balls ing my branch this crap on my console and FEAR A HORSE blast !!!

NO EXCUSE THOUSAND ONE TRUE SHOWER !!! Nothing if default is hop, for me it's garbage, though I like DBX.

A apsolument lives for the same price bought an audio tla ivory 2.

USE

See above.

SOUND QUALITY

See above.

NOTICE GLOBAL

See above.
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AlexPalmitoAlexPalmito

dbx 386Published on 07/26/06 at 17:21
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Stereo preamp has lamps.
the one I've had bosses S / PDIF I do not know if it is "serie" ...

USE

Well it's a preamp, nothing wicked good ...

SOUND QUALITY

I put this post especially for the previous answer!
I recorded an album with this preamp for a month, and frankly about 1032, with headphones or mix a breath then we never noticed Gnant ... the album is t MASTERIS out and nobody noticed ca.
it is true that utilsait exclusively digital output to attack protools, but I doubt that the breath you had either normal, in my opinion he was the flingu 386!

non frankly it sounds this little rack, hey I not found extraordinary that, it is certain that there is much better.

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Stereo preamp has lamps.
the one I've had bosses S / PDIF I do not know if it is "serie" ...

USE

Well it's a preamp, nothing wicked good ...

SOUND QUALITY

I put this post especially for the previous answer!
I recorded an album with this preamp for a month, and frankly about 1032, with headphones or mix a breath then we never noticed Gnant ... the album is t MASTERIS out and nobody noticed ca.
it is true that utilsait exclusively digital output to attack protools, but I doubt that the breath you had either normal, in my opinion he was the flingu 386!

non frankly it sounds this little rack, hey I not found extraordinary that, it is certain that there is much better.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I do not own this machine but I have had the opportunity to exploit it and I find it pretty good.
The preferred is the digital output (again I do not know if all the models have), converters seem rather good, the result is good, a little color lamps without overdoing it either it's going it's cool ...
having bosses on the biggest gear I know not worth ca references but ultimately there is no secret, the more expensive it's good (with a few exceptions).
This preamp is worth its price ... OCCAZ I think it's a good deal (with SPDIF output and in good condition !!) if I find an expensive not I take it !!
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Anonymous

Neutral Prampli makes its taf

dbx 386Published on 05/21/13 at 14:04
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I acquired it because it had good spdif converters and analogue inputs are pretty faithful to the sources I send him is saying (keyboards, guitars, vocals) basically. These are lights but the coloring seems to me not at all obvious, but that's not what I asked. Just record what i play, the sound, I do it on my console before moving it.

USE

;;dropoff Window

SOUND QUALITY

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NOTICE GLOBAL

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Tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: dbx
  • Model: 386
  • Category: Tube Pre-amps
  • Added in our database on: 07/09/2008
Specifications
Mic Preamp Connector Female XLR Pin 2 Hot; Electronically balanced/unbalanced
Mic Preamp Input Impedance 330Ω
Mic Preamp max input level -9 dBu or +11 dBu with 20 dB pad engaged
CMRR >40dB, Typically 55dB
Mic Preamp Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) Typically -120 dBu with a 150Ω source load, 20Hz to 20kHz BW
Input Connectors (instrument/line) 1/4" Jack
Input Type (line) Electronically balanced/unbalanced; (instrument) Unbalanced
Max Input (instrument/line) +21dBu balanced or unbalanced
Gain Adjustment Range (drive control) Line/Instrument: -15dB to +15dB; Mic: +30dB to +60dB
Output Connectors Male XLR Pin 2 Hot and TRS 1/4"
Output Type Servo-balanced/unbalanced
Output Impedance Balanced 120Ω, unbalanced 60Ω
Max Output >+21 dBu, >+20 dBm (into a 600Ω load)
Digital Output Connector XLR for AES/EBU, RCA for S/PDIF
Digital Output Impedance 110Ω for AES/EBU, 75Ω for S/PDIF
Word Sync I/O Connectors BNC
Word Sync Input Impedance 75Ω terminated by internal jumper
Word Sync Input 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1kHz word clock
Word Sync Output 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1kHz word clock
Output Level -15dB to +15dB
Line Switch Selects between microphone and line inputs
Mic Preamp Phantom Power +48V
Pad Switch 20dB pad
Phase Invert Switch Reverses pins 2 and 3 of the microphone input XLR
Low cut Switch 75Hz, 12dB/octave high pass filter
Frequency Response (analog) <10Hz to 75kHz
THD+Noise 0.35% typical at +4dBu out, 1kHz, 40 dB gain
Interchannel Crosstalk Typically –80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
A/D Converter dbx® Type IV® A/D Conversion System
Sample Rate 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1kHz selectable
Wordlength 24, 20, or 16 bit selectable
Dither Type TPDF, SNR2, or none
Noise Shape Shape 1, Shape 2, or none
Digital Output S/PDIF or AES/EBU
Digital Output Dynamic Range 107dB typical, A-weighted, 22kHz bandwidth
Operating Voltage DO: 120VAC 60Hz, 100VAC 50/60Hz; EU: 230VAC 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 35W
Dimensions 1.75'' x 7.75'' x 19'' (4.5cm x 19.7cm x 48.5cm)
Unit Weight 6.89 lbs (3.17kg)
Reference 0dBu = -16dFS, 0dBu-0.775Vms
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