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dbx 160vu.... overrated? Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 28th May 2008
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The 160 vU has an underspecified power supply,and goes into very brief expansion when hit with transients, giving a more pronounced attack envelope.

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Old 28th May 2008
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I use my 2 162's all the time on kicks, snares and bass...thumbsup
Sorta a stereo version of the 160vu.
Old 28th May 2008
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i like them on drumbusses and bass in general
Old 28th May 2008
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Wow, 6 year old thread, but I'm in..

We have a few x's & a handful of VU's. I don't think I've used them all at once.. well, not yet..
Bass, clean electric, kick, snare.. Lottsa places.. I've been getting into cutting vocals with just a touch. thumbsup
Old 28th May 2008
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I have a single 160vu. Love it on a lot of things (bass, snare, kick), but its also great on horns. It makes them sizzle 70's style. I also have a 118, but I have yet to use it.. I'm not expecting much out of it.
Old 28th May 2008
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Have any of you real 160 VU owners had a chance to compare them with the recently released UAD-1 emulation? It's getting similar love/hate dialogue over on their forum, so maybe they got it right!
Old 28th May 2008
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I've used one to squish bass and synth bass only. Found them good for that.

I have two Alesis 3630 compressors I'll trade you for them. The meters even work on them. C'mon. You would get four channels of that fine dfegad Alesis sound that is destined to be a classic!

heh heh heh
I think the going rate is 147 3630's to 1 160.
Old 28th May 2008
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Have any of you real 160 VU owners had a chance to compare them with the recently released UAD-1 emulation? It's getting similar love/hate dialogue over on their forum, so maybe they got it right!
Nope, but I did compare it to the URS strip pro compressor and it wasn't quite right. It also didn't have the harmonic content or the EQ curve. I can only imagine that the UAD-1 would be a lot closer though.
Old 28th May 2008
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Yep .I find they work on so many things.just gotta find the sweet spot.
just another good tool.
when it works it works..when it don't..use another wrench that does.


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Second that. It takes a minute to adjust for the "sweet spot"...when you find it you love it. One of my new favorite uses for the 160vu is Hip Hop vocals.

-Matt
Old 28th May 2008
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The 160 vU has an underspecified power supply,and goes into very brief expansion when hit with transients, giving a more pronounced attack envelope.

Mike Chafee
I don't know about the expansion, but the psu's are under filtered. They used a pair of 470 uf caps off the power transformer secondary. A pair of 4700 uf caps fixes that problem and adds energy to bass frequencies.

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Old 29th May 2008
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I haven't found anything that does the 70's "thwack" thing on kick and snares quite like them.
related but somewhat off-topic: Allison Research Gain Brain's give one of those other most typical 70's kick/snare things; you hear it for the first time and say 'oh, that's what makes that sound'. Especially on kick. Though the DBX and the GB are totally different beasts.

I have the modern Foote Control Systems (formerly Pico) Compressor, which uses the evolution of the DBX / Blackmer VCA/detector design (now a THAT Corp chip set), and is in itself a damn fine design. Very clean in comparison to the originals, while successfully doing the things you wish you could get the originals to do. I know I used to try a 162 on the mix bus with dubious results; the FCS stereo version behaves very well when pushed to obviously extreme settings on a mix or submix. Worth checking out. Beats the pants off the mid-range DBX products, and I think fully competes with the high-$$ DBX stuff. one man's opinion....
Old 29th May 2008
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Thinking Of getting a Dbx unit , a newer one of course , i have used some of the cheaper models - like 266 - and they do have a sound that i liked . Now My question is - the cheaper 160a or the 160 SL or 162 SL - mainly i will be using it to process drums kik snare n toms - and as an after thought vocals as well - but more important is drum aspect - are the SL versions much better ? the SL version give the same thwack but more open/clean or is just the same sound /quality with more controls ? Thanks - Ariel
Old 24th July 2009
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I had a similar experience when I got mine half a year back - 2 months of Huh? WTF?

I had 'grown up with them' back when I started and not had much recent contact with em..

They add a grainy sound that helps kick n snare through the mix..

It's not uncommon to be underwelmed by them I believe, they are kinda like roughage or bran, good for you but not the most exciting of foods...

It's perhaps the fixed 'knee' of them that makes them one trick units I understand (?)

Anyone care to add a thesis on this undeniable classic?

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