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DBX 160 vs. CLX-VU
Old 13th June 2011
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DBX 160 vs. CLX-VU

People have been wondering what the custom CLX-VU sounds like compared to a real vintage 160vu. Heres some comparison files.I would Like to thank the person that was kind enough to run these files through their real 160vu approximating the settings I had on my CLX-VU.



Heres more info:
Attached Files

Snare_Limiter_Control(1).wav (2.30 MB, 2985 views)

DBX 160 Snare.wav (2.47 MB, 3385 views)

CLX_ACOUSTIC_RATIO_3_MORE.wav (2.57 MB, 2293 views)

Acoustic_Limiter_Control(1).wav (2.47 MB, 2523 views)

DBX 160 Acoustic.wav (2.60 MB, 3002 views)

CLX_SNR_RT_4.wav (2.45 MB, 2479 views)

Old 23rd June 2011
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I have CLX its sounds great. I compared it to a buddies DBX 161 VU. I preferred the CLX more but not sure if that has anything to do with the 161 not being balanced. I would also love to hear these files going through a DBX 160 to compare.

In any case the CLX is a very nice compressor!
Old 24th June 2011
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There are actually direct comparisons to the 160VU there, I probably could've labeled them a little more clearly.

I'm glad you like the CLX-VU! Mine gets used all the time. I'm thinking its time I build some more channels for myself! Haha!

I love the fact during interviews with butch vig about recording nirvana you can see 4 dbx 160vus behind him! Thats all.


Old 30th December 2011
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Thanks for posting those. Just saw the case design over at collective cases. Might have to buy a kit!
Old 21st June 2012
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I just wanted to post to say that this compressor gets used on ever mix. It isn't the sexiest of pieces of gear but anytime I am fighting with the bass and kick to sit right I put it into the CLX and all of the sudden life gets easier. Crazy.

I also just discovered that if you run the Kick and bass into the channels that you can duck the bass with the kick by tweaking the threshold. Pretty sweet happy accident.
Old 7th September 2012

any more user reports?

Old 31st December 2013
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Bump! Just got one...curious who's using them and what do they think?
Old 1st January 2014
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Old 24th July 2019
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the AC SOUND CLX-VU is on my kick and snare buss always !
Old 29th August 2019
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the CLU-160 actually beat out the DBX 560a revive audio mod in shoot outs I did for my drum bus and snare/kick buss!

too bad abe chapman flaked out and disappeared.
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