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Rugged Design

The dbxDB12 is built like a tank. Ready to support the longest, most intensive tours it features the highest quality components and a 4 year warranty.

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Gold-plated Neutrik® XLR Connector

Achieve the highest level of connectivity via the DB12's gold-plated Neutrik XLR connector.

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Hi-Z ¼" Input Jack

Ideal for the relatively high output impedance of electric guitars.

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+48V Phantom Operation

The DB12 can supply +48VDC phantom power to your condenser microphones. This industry-standard configuration supports virtually all currently-manufactured phantom power mics.

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Output Polarity Invert Switch

The polarity function is used in situations where the direct box is used as a splitter, and two “sort-of parallel” signals are fed to two mixer channels to be perhaps panned left and right for a nice stereo sound. Flipping the Polarity Invert function will change the phase relationship between the two signals and will typically result in significantly different-sounding results.

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Item# DBXDB12V


Preserve the Sonic Integrity of Your Music With a dbxDB12

At dbx, when we do something, we do it right. So when we decided to create our new direct injection boxes, we didn’t settle for the same old tired approach to direct box design. With our dbx name on the line, how could we? One look at our new dB10 Passive and dB12 Active direct boxes will tell you that these are clearly different. With their bullet-proof construction, and extraordinary audio performance to rival their looks, finally there’s a direct box worthy of the dbx name. Utilizing custom dbx mu-metal-shielded audio transformers, high-quality Neutrik® connectors, and low-noise circuitry preserves the sonic integrity and true characteristics of the signal source. Both boxes include a pad switch that accomodates instrument, line and even speaker level signals. Take even more control of your sound by utilizing the polarity invert switch to set the phase relationship between the direct and mic'd sound.

General Specifications

Custom dbx mu-metal-shielded
Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz, +/-2.5dB
<-105dB unweighted, 22kHz BW
<0.01%, 20Hz to 20kHz BW; <0.005%, 1kHz

Audio Specifications

1 instrument/line/speaker level
Input Connectors
1/4" jack
Input Type
Unbalanced, RF filtered
Insert Impedance
150k Ohm typical
Max Input
+20dBu (0dB pad); +40dBu (20dB pad); +60dBu (40dB pad)
(Thru) 1 parallel from input jack, 1/4" Unbalanced, RF filtered
Output Connectors
XLR male balanced
Output Impedance
150k Ohm typical
Max Output


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Height (in)
Weight (lb)
Weight (kg)

What's in The Box?

  • 1 x dB12
  • 1 x Operation Manual (including Registration Card)

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