Compressors: dbx vs. Aphex

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by sterlingballboy, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. sterlingballboy


    Aug 17, 2004
    Currently, I'm running a dbx160A compressor and am wondering if the Aphex Punch Factory (optical compressor) would improve my sound. Any thoughts? Thanks!!!
  2. Ive just got the Punch Factory am i like it. Its a true bypass pedal so when off it doesnt colour your tone etc.

    When on its sounds great, not obvious but nicely working in the background as good compressors should.

    I also use the Bass Exciter which i use after the Punch Factory and then into amp input.

    Good pedals worth a look, very quiet and robust feeling and good battery life, or use via 9v adaptor.
  3. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    While the Aphex Punch Factory is an excellent pedal, it comes nowhere near the cleanliness and quality of the dbx 160A, which is still considered a recording industry standard. Its a totally different class of unit.
  4. sterlingballboy


    Aug 17, 2004
    After much consideration, I've decided that you're correct. Dbx seems to be the popular choice in compressors for bass. Thanks for the input.