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Dbx Blues?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by anonymous, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    As a charter AGS member (Association of Gear Sluts) I'm always interested in any cool looking box with lots of knobs and lights. And speaking of cool looking, I've always wondered about the dbx Blue series (mic pre, compressor). I don't think I've ever heard them mentioned around here, which is pretty unusual in and of itself. So what's the scoop? Good value? Pieces of Trash? Mediocrity personified? Had no chance to use any myself yet...
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    It does look tasty I must admit...

    Anyone played one off against a 160vu ?

    Why don't you just get 2 of those like a 'normal person' ?

  3. mixfactory

    mixfactory Guest

    I had a 160SL compressor back when it first came out. I thought at the time it was pretty useful, but not enough to offset the price(this was about five years ago). It definitely has the characteristic DBX sound, and it was easy to screw your sound up with it. This was also the drawback(not known for its subtelty). I liked it a lot on acoustic guitars, Kicks and snares. Vocals was an off and on love affair(regrettably mostly off). I eventually sold it, and just bought the older stuff(160Vu and 160X's). Does it sound like an 160VU, nah. Closer to the 165 and sometimes the 160X, only cleaner and smoother. At a great used price, I wouldn't mind adding it to the arsenal once more. With the "street like" lights and its cool smooth appearance it was definitely a looker. I got more compliments on it than any other piece in my rack(the Avalon 2044 compressor and the Red 3 are a good close, based on the looks department).
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Like a "NORMAL" person!
  5. drundall

    drundall Guest

    Does look very cool. I had some luck on snare and percussion, and I could see it working on acoustic guitar. Lead vocals was a no go for me. Haven't used it lately 'cause it blew up.

    Got more compliments on the Red 3.
  6. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Groan... Stedel, where are those nomination forms...?
  7. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    I've got both the 160S and the 160SL and love them dearly. I think they both do the 160VU and 165 thing very well but with much better bandwidth and headroom which I think is a good thing. The SL can really smack and spank the drum sub or mix 2-bus. One of the fastest compressors I used. I can remove the initial hand slap or stick hit on drums/purcussion. Sitting in the same rack with my Focusrite Red and Gold Massive Passive is one awesome sight to behold.

    - Bruce -
  8. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    "Resistance is futile!" Nah, Jules - resistance is volts divided by amps - swing over to "tech talk", we'll explain it to ya - Now, where can we buy some more of those cool blinkenlites... Steve
  9. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Now, lusting after seven of nine, now THAT's futile...
  10. I used one a couple of times in a remote truck when mixing live shows for tv (mostly as a kit sub comp) and it worked well. Definitely closer to the 165 than the 160VU for me. As the other said, for my studio I would go for the 160VU unless offered with a lightly used one for a killer deal. :w:
  11. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Scuse the hijack but, 2 x 160vu's on drum sub? any good? do you bother with linking them?

  12. Tom Cram

    Tom Cram Active Member

    >Drundall said; Does look very cool. I had some luck on snare and percussion, and I could see it working on acoustic guitar. Lead vocals was a no go for me. Haven't used it lately 'cause it blew up.<

    E-mail me offline with your contact info and I'll get you taken care of. Don't let it rot in your rack.
  13. mixfactory

    mixfactory Guest

    I think of all the pieces that have passed through my rack(and there have been many), the ones that got the most compliments based on appearance were:

    1)DBX 160S-It looked like a cool piece out of a Stanley Kubrick film. Would it take over the studio? Did you have to wait when the lights turned red and proceed when they were green? Definitely a conversation piece.
    2) The Focusrite Red 3-The red striking appearance with the lights-kind a reminds you of a Ferrari.(Most compliments by female clients).
    3)The Avalon 2044 compressor- Smooth,classy, and cool to boot. With its oval shaped meters, it just oozes class.(Most compliments by people that new nothing about music, but just dig its looks).
    4)The Joe Meek SC2-remember when it first came out. Wow something bright and green can be cool!! It never matched with anything, but who cared with big knobs that did who knows what it was just cool.
    5)The DW Fearn VT1- Back to the Red thing again, with retro meters. It looked like something that was digged out of a vault from the past!!!(Geraldo anyone?). Musicians would always ask"hey can you put me through that thing?"I eventually got rid of it. :-( But it was fun just to have it around.
    One thing I've come to learn though, that appearance and functionality sometimes don't come hand in hand. All of the pieces above are one trick ponies. I guess they have to trick the looks all out to justify the prices.
  14. Most of the times I've worked with 160VU's was at a place whereI could not link them and anyway I was putting them on Kick and Snare. Often using a pair of 165's for kit comp there too unless they had there rental SSL. I've been looking to grab a pair of VU's for some time now. A smart C2 is very cool too!

    Are you keeping your SSL strapped across the 2-bus for good? By the way I'm getting back to an analog board like Thrillfactor... :eek: :tu: :w:
  15. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I like the SSL on drum duities, but not so much across the mix..

    I cant make up my mind what to use on the mix..
  16. mixfactory

    mixfactory Guest

    Hi Jules,

    Why don't you borrow or rent either a Focusrite Red 3 or a Neve 33609. These are actually my 2 favorites on the mix bus(I like them better than the SSL comp), and you might be plesantly surprised. If you try the Red 3 just go with a high threshold and a very low ratio. You just want to hear the mix going through it, not mashing it too pieces. It doesn't sound great for this purpose. Almost the same goes for the 33609, but its a "Neve", so hey just see what magic it gives you. If its light or extreme its a Neve, so you'll get something you like.
  17. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    mmmmmmmm...... seven of nine ...

    mmmmm - :D
  18. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    Send me an email. I have a pair of 160VU's that I might part with for Distressors or Daking comps. MooseAudio@aol.com
  19. planet red

    planet red Active Member

    I just picked up a pair of 160vu's in good condition for $1100.... I cant wait for them to come.
  20. coldsnow

    coldsnow Active Member

    Hey Thrill,
    How would you compare your 2044 to the others you mentioned. I have one also and the low end rocks on mix bus, but I haven't compared it to the Red or Neve or JMeek.

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