which compressor to keep?

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by postello, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. postello

    postello Guest


    bought a bunch of stuff last week from a studio that's closing down. It included a Bellari RP583, a DBX 160S and 2 DBX 165.

    We need to sell some of the stuff to finance the deal. Any ideas on which compressors to keep?

    I love all three of them, but my favourite so far is the DBX 165.

    Let me hear your opinions!
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    77 Sunset Lane.
    Sell the Bellari. I had one of them once, it was terrible.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Silicon Valley
    Anything from Bellari that I have heard is utter crap, so it's no surprise which one I'd dump. The dbx 165 is a very good mono comp and the 160S is a great flexable stereo comp. The 160S can do about 90% of what the 165 can do. I'd be looking for other things to sell before those two. You would be smart to keep both and add to them as having multiple channels of good to great compression is always needed at some point in time and a good thing to have available to you. If it came down to it, without a doubt the 160S is the better and more flexable unit. But then what do I know, I'm just a guy who owns two of them...
  4. postello

    postello Guest

    Thanks for your input! This is such a great forum.

    I'll definitely keep the 160s and try to hold on to at least one of the 165:s.

    Thank you.
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    the 165 is useful for recording bass guitar...
  6. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    I've been thinking of buying some older DBX compressors myself. I'm definetely gonna get at least one of the 160 VU type compressors, but can you guys give me the lowdown on some of the other 160 models that you have used. Any info on features, opinions on quality, applications they are best suited for ect... would be great.
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    You answered your own question...
  8. postello

    postello Guest

    I know - I'm so damn clever! :lol:
  9. hamish

    hamish Guest

    any u fellas got an opinion on the dbx166xl, i know its more of a prosumer thing, but is it worth hooking upto my 002rack setup?
    also, wats ther best way of getting that compressor into my signal path without an external mixer? or am i best hooking up my yamaha mg 16/6 fx mixer and doing it like that?
    cheers guys, i wish i knew enough on all this stuff to help everyone else, but since ive been on here everyones been nothing but helpful :) so thankku!
  10. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Silicon Valley
    WEll, The dbx 166XL is not really even close to the sound and performance off what dbx is famed for, but it can be used with better results than the orginal 166.

    Your physicaly interface limited on what you can use any outboard gear with the 002R. You have to use it before you go in or on an output and than back to an unused input.

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