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Old 20th May 2012
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Favorite low-end "secret weapon"?

dbx 166 compressor. The original blackface.

Yes, there are far better compressors out there... but this one is special. It just sounds so... well, fabulously low-end -- but NOT cheap. Everything I put through it comes out with this cool sheen that is difficult for me to get using only plugins. I will actually print tracks to tape running through this thing, without concern that I might regret it later. It sounds especially good on synth bass and drum machines. I'll occasionally even run vocals through it.

Not the choice of connoisseurs -- but definitely one to have in the rack if you aren't afraid to "ruin" your sound ;-)