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SSL compressors and other VCA based units, DBX...
Old 3rd June 2006
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SSL compressors and other VCA based units, DBX...

If I get this right, DBX are VCA based compressers, as SSL, so which DBX would you take over SSL channel comps, if any?

Is this assumption right? Trying to diversify my compressors and with my small SSL, seems like my DBX collection is becoming redundant.

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Old 3rd June 2006
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I like the 160s and I think the 165 - whichever one is the half rack with the crazy limiter built in.

I think I'd almost always choose the SSL over the DBXs though.
Old 3rd June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Caffrey
I like the 160s and I think the 165 - whichever one is the half rack with the crazy limiter built in.

I think I'd almost always choose the SSL over the DBXs though.
Except on vocals, drums and bass....heh

Seriously though, I prefer the sound of the original 160's on vocals hands down.
Old 3rd June 2006
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if i know it right ssl even used to use dbx vcas in their compressors...

original 160 and 166 are great....ssl is great...they are based on the same principle but not the same, in my opion....
Old 3rd June 2006
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I prefer SSL on acoustics, piano and drum buss, while 160 on bass and 165 on parallel kik and snare compression.

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Old 3rd June 2006
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What would you use the 162 on over SSLL

IF SSL gets drums duties, etc, what would you use something like the DBX 162 on over SSL?

How about the 165? SSL or 165 for bass?

-a
Old 4th June 2006
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Originally Posted by Dirty Halo
IF SSL gets drums duties, etc, what would you use something like the DBX 162 on over SSL?

How about the 165? SSL or 165 for bass?

-a
There are no hard rules. SSL and DBX sound like night and day.

Listen and choose what you like better for the material you're just working on. It's as simple as that.
Throw out the rulebook, because there isn't one.

I had many DBXs (160(vu), 165 160X(T)..). I also owned/used various SSL desks. Only because I like to use DBX165's on vocals doesn't mean you have to do the same.

Amen.
Old 4th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by theother
There are no hard rules. SSL and DBX sound like night and day.

Listen and choose what you like better for the material you're just working on. It's as simple as that.
Throw out the rulebook, because there isn't one.

I had many DBXs (160(vu), 165 160X(T)..). I also owned/used various SSL desks. Only because I like to use DBX165's on vocals doesn't mean you have to do the same.

Amen.
Amen again! heh
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