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dbx 266XL Dual Compressor Gate

The dbx 266XL Dual Compressor Gate features two channels of classic dbx compression with the new standard dbx internal power supply. (58) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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dbx 266XL Dual Compressor Gate

Most compressor/gates provide less than musical compression, coupled with gating that swallows transients-or closes early, cutting off decay and reverb tails. The superb engineering in the 266XL ensures that both its compression and gating provide versatility and excellent sonic performance in situations where other compressor/gates typically produce undesirable processing artifacts.

When using the 266XL's AutoDynamic Attack and Release controls, artists and engineers will find that the center settings deliver classic dbx compression, while the full control range produces voicings that extend from slow "leveling" to aggressive "peak" limiting.

The Auto Dynamic circuitry continuously adjusts the actual attack and release times to optimally match the program material. Since users aren't restricted to using the Attack and Release controls only in "peak" operation, they can tailor the response of the 266XL for individual tracks, mixed program material, special effects, or system protection. As a result, production studios can use the versatile 266XL to replace multiple "single-purpose" limiters while sound reinforcement users can standardize on the 266XL for all of their applications.

The 266XL's advanced gate circuitry uses a completely new, program-dependent timing algorithm to produce ultra-smooth release characteristics-even with complex signals, such as voice or reverb decays. dbx engineers went on to take advantage of the wide dynamic range and high precision of the dbx VCA to design in an extra-wide threshold range and ensure top gating performance for each application.

Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup, while the 266XL's intuitive operation lets users easily smooth uneven levels, add sustain to guitars, squash drums or tighten up mixes. In Stereo couple mode, the Channel 1 controls become Master controls, and Channel 2 follows precisely to ensure a rock solid stereo image-even with high amounts of compression. Professionals and newcomers will find that the 266XL sets up rapidly and musically the first time it is used, and every time thereafter.

Designed and manufactured in the USA, the dbx 266XL processor is the result of an intensive engineering and product development effort aimed at taking advantage of the latest and best advances in manufacturing technology to deliver true dbx audio performance and reliability to our customers at the lowest possible cost. The 266XL puts a completely new level of compressor/gate performance within everyone's reach.

Features

- Goof 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.
- Side Chain insert.
- Classic dbx "Auto" mode.

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Frequency Response
Flat: 20Hz-20kHz, +0, -0.5dB
Bandwidth: 0.35Hz-80kHz, +0, -3dB
Input impedance: 40k Balanced/Unbalanced
Max Level: +22dBu

Output
Impedance: Balanced
+4dBu: Balanced: 200l; Unbalanced: 100
-10dBV: Balanced: 1.5k; Unbalanced: 750
Max Level: +21dBu into 600

Side Chain Insert
Input Impedance: >10k
Output Impedance: <2k
Max Level: +21dBu
Distortion + Noise: <0.2% any amount of compression at 1kHz
Intermodulation Distortion: <0.2% SMPTE
Noise: <-93dBu unweighted
Dynamic Range: >114dB, unweighted
Crosstalk: <-93dB @ 1kHz
Common Mode Rejection: >40dB (Any Frequency)
Stereo Coupling: True RMS Power Summing
Threshold Characteristics: Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Exp/Gate: Program Dependent Threshold
Compressor: -40 to +20dB
Expander/Gate: -60 to + 10 dB
Ratio: Compressor: 1:1 to :1
Expander/Gate 1:1 to 4:1

Attack Time
Compressor: Scalable Program Dependent
Expander/Gate: <100 mFsec

Release Time
Compressor: Scalable Program Dependent
Expander/Gate: Program Dependent
Power Requirements:
15 Watts, 100 VAC 50/60 Hz, 120 VAC 60 Hz, 230 VAC 50/60 Hz

Dimensions
(H x W x D) 1.75" x 5.75" x 19" (4.45 cm x 14.6 cm x 48.5 cm)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 801-568-7660
Customer Reviews
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"Solid Performer"
Sound: Once connected, it gets on with the job quietly and efficiently. Feature: Does everything you might reasonably ask of a basic compressor. The gain reduction meters are great for seeing how much compression is being applied. A dedicated limiter might be a useful addition. Ease of Use: The controls are intuitive and setting up is straight forward. Quality: Solid and reliable. Value: Difficult to beat at this price [around 100 quid]. The Wow Factor: Feels nice and has never let me down. It's a dbx. Overall: Having compared a few budget compressors, this one seems to have a sensible balance of features and price.
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Sound: It doesn't hurt my audio fidelity wise. Not really good as a limiter. This unit likes to pump a lot. Feature: Overeasy is great for vocals. Could also be configured to do some cool AGC but place a true limiter after it. As most owners will agree the expander is a joke. It really is more like a gate and not a great one either. Not output meter just gain reduction. No power switch on this unit or the 166 either. I don't know if this is just poor design or a statment that the product was built to be left on with out worry. Ease of Use: This compressor doesn't label the ms. on its attack and release controls. Instead it has slow and fast so there is a lot of guess work to be done. Quality: It's DBX so the compents inside can't be that crappy, and it doesn't make compressed audio sound crappy. I bought mine used but the expander makes a low pop when closing. Don't know if thats just how its made or if its just mine. Value: No way! I am glad I didn't pay for it new. Budget gear or not my Samson S-com plus trumps this thing and cost less new. Manufacturer Support: Never used it The Wow Factor: The darkest unit in my rack besides some vent plates. As I stated before my freakin S-com plus out does this thing. It is still better than a Alesis 3630. Overall: Seen better, own better. If someone stole or it broke I would replace it with an S-com plus.
Style of Music: All
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