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dbx 266XS - 2 Channel Compressor/Gate

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The 266sx from dbx is a dual channel compressor/gate that when added to a live sound rig or studio, will deliver more polished, professional sound. The unit can function either as a stereo processor or in dual mono mode and features all the usual controls required for this kind of processor.

The unit provides the ability to smooth out uneven levels, add sustain to guitars and fatten up drums. It also makes it easy to bring vocals to the front of a mix. For simplified operation the Overeasy compression technology returns smooth and musical performance, while the exclusive AutoDynamic attack and release controls puts great sound within easy reach.

The processor has true RMS power summing and features quality input and output connectors. Comprehensive visual feedback is provided by gain reduction metering and backlit switches.

Error proof operation to smooth uneven levels, add sustain to guitars, fatten drums or tighten up mixes
New gate timing algorithms ensure the smoothest release characteristics
Program-adaptive expander/gates
Great sounding dynamics control for any type of program material
Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup
Stereo or dual-mono operation
Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" TRS and XLR connectors
Side Chain insert
Classic dbx "Auto" mode

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Closest StoreScarborough, Ontario
A few key things I'd like to point out for this compressor - It does an okay job when used while tracking (very lightly! perhaps just catching transients) - When pushed really hard, it gives a really dirty sound that works well for hip-hop vocals (usually have the overeasy mode on) I believe the key thing to using this properly and work its best is if you never use the "auto" attack/release function. It's better to just learn how to use it manually, I think rather than being a "transparent" compressor, this is more like a compressor with a "dirty effect"
Posted by Chris on Feb 7, 2014
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Closest StoreSydney, Nova Scotia
This would never make it in a tour rack but I can make it work well even on vocals. If you use 2:1 (light compression) it will keep your vocals in check as you want it to!
Posted by Scott on Apr 1, 2013
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Closest StoreGrande Prairie, Alberta
I bought 2 of these to have as cheap comps for my FOH rack. Occasionally I *want* the sound of cheap compression, as an artistic colour, but this is pushing it too far. I ended up returning one. It's extremely difficult to do much comping of anything that has significant low-frequency content, without getting awful clicking artifacts. I regularly use several of the original 266XL (the version with round LEDs) and although they are no sonic masterpiece either, I have never encountered this particular difficulty with those. Never been a huge fan of the 266XL but it is certainly useable, whereas the 266XS is overall a useless piece of junk. At least it has sidechain inputs so it's useable as a slow ducker. But wow, I was blown away by how unpleasant it is to use it as a normal comp. It just sounds awful. I think they tried too hard to keep the price down and the product has suffered greatly as a result.
Posted by Mike on Dec 28, 2012
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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
I own 4 of these units. I use them for individual instruments, and odd time for vocals/speeches. Easy to use and fun to play with. Bang for its buck.
Posted by A.B. on Oct 10, 2012
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