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Just bought a pair of DBX 163's.... Where do they shine??
Old 3rd August 2011
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Just bought a pair of DBX 163's.... Where do they shine??

They haven't arrived yet, but I've just paid the paypal on a matched racked pair of DBX 163x's.
I'm starting to mix OTB and am interested in peoples experience of where these shine.... apart from Drums. I get that. Will certainly be trying on Drum buss, Kick and Snare.
My other comps are 2 Aphex 661's, 2 Aphex 106 (quad comps), DBX 166, DBX 166XL.
I was hoping they might serve well on Guitar buss's, acoustic and distorted.
Anyway, look forward to hearing your experiences.
Old 3rd August 2011
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I have 2 of them and I use them on pretty much anything and everything vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar but mine are modded. Before I modded them they were kind of noisy but heard people talking ab out using them on bass. If your interested in doing the mod look it up in the tapeop forums it's a good project to learn on and well worth it.
Old 3rd August 2011
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I have a pair of original vintage ones and love them for parallel crushing the drum bus/room mics.
Old 3rd August 2011
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Granny Gremlin View Post
I have a pair of original vintage ones and love them for parallel crushing the drum bus/room mics.
Very nice, I thought they might be nice for crushing
Old 3rd August 2011
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Vocals, Bass, AC GTR, Drums. Hmmm, that's kinda everything, ain't it...
I rarely crush anything with them though, just a kiss of compression is
how they really "shine" IMO...

have fun!
Old 3rd August 2011
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Yup. These little things are very versatile. Run ANY sterile sounding track through these (pushed lightly as mentioned above) and you'll see the strength of the 163. Synths, bass, gtrz, drum loops, Kicks, snare, anything really! They've got "mojo" in spades.

Besides the FMR stuff, these are my favorite low-cost comps of all time. If I owned my own La2a and a Slate Dragon comp, I'd rack the 163's right underneath them, lol heh. I have heard some folks complain about noise issues with theirs but mine are whisper quiet. Guess I just lucked out.


Enjoy!
Old 3rd August 2011
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I never pick up a guitar or bass without plugging into one of these. It's a nice-ifier. Gently, now, just a little (I modified mine to smooth the curve a bit too).

LP
Old 3rd August 2011
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I've got 6 of them. I particularly dig them on bass, But they can work well on just about anything. I once used one to crush a fairly whimpy piano sample and it worked wonders. They can be a little noisy, but on rock mixes, I use them all the time.
Old 4th August 2011
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I'm feeling better and better all the time hearing this
I'm happy too that they're sequential serials and are coming with the rack kit!
Going to be having some fun
If I enjoy them as much as I think I will, I'll likely splash out on a few more.... why the hell not huh :P
Old 25th February 2012
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I have one stereo version and used it for bus compression more than anything. Sometimes on the whole mix hitting very lightly. It really does turn harsh digital in the box processing into butter.
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