Stereo or Dual Mono operation
Operate the dbx166xs's gating, compression and peak limiting in either stereo or dual mono modes.
OverEasy®/Hard Knee Selection
Select between our famous OverEasy compression curve and the classic “Hard Knee” curve popularized by the original dbx 160, 161 and 162.
Utilize the 166xs's Expander/Gate controls for numerous applications. Slow settings are useful for gating out noise present behind vocals and acoustic instruments. Fast settings are useful for tightening up the sound of percussion (e.g., kick or snare drum) and drying up leakage from other instruments into percussion tracks.)
Selectable Low Frequency Shelf (via Contour button) in the Sidechain Path
Recommended when compressing mixed program material to prevent low frequency energy from “punching holes” in the sound.
Provides control of maximum peak levels at the output of the 166xs regardless of any other control. PeakStop comes after the compression, gating and other circuitry including the output gain, so it sets an absolute limit for peak excursions before they reach the output.
True RMS Level Detection
Senses the power in the program in a musical manner, much the same as human hearing does, giving results superior to peak or average detection.
Hardwire System Bypass Buttons on both channels
Allow the audio to pass even if the unit is unplugged, and are also useful for comparing the processed and unprocessed signals.
Side Chain inserts
The dbx166xs's side chain inserts enable use of an outboard processor or signal to control compression or gating.
Classic dbx® "Auto" mode
Override the dbx166xs's ATTACK and RELEASE controls and enable preset program-dependent attack and release times with Auto Mode. These times are derived from the input signal and continuously change to match its dynamics. When enabled, the Auto switch lights indicating the attack and release times are being automatically adjusted in a program-dependent fashion. Enabling this AUTO function duplicates the “classic dbx sound” of the 166A which is a standard in the industry.
- 1 x dbx 166xs dual compressor/limiter/gate
- 1 x AC power cord
- 1 x Operation manual
- 1 x Registration card
- 4 x Rack mount screws and washers
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