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DBX 160A or pedal compressor?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Aragrim, Jan 22, 2021.


  1. DBX 160A

    24 vote(s)
    42.9%
  2. Pedal Compressor

    32 vote(s)
    57.1%
  1. Aragrim

    Aragrim

    Dec 3, 2019
    Belgium
    I sold my whole bass rig because I was playing guitar in a band for a while(I am mainly guitarist for 16 years now).

    I only got my lovely warwick thumb NT4 left but I want to buy a bass rig again and I know I'm gonna buy a ampeg svt 3 pro rig but I don't know what compressor...

    I wanna go simple and was thinking about going for just everything in a rack and buy the DBX 160A so it also can go in the rack with the amp and the rack tuner or is it simply to old and should I buy a pedal?


    Thanks
     
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    It was a hard call but I went with "pedal". They're easier to roll as your tastes change and portability may become an issue. Nothing wrong with the dbx but you can get an inexpensive dedicated pedal or multi FX that will get you 98% there (think Zoom MS60B). For that fact, you'll have access to several comp emulators and...hey!...they come equipped with a tuner!

    Riis
     
  3. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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  4. Aragrim

    Aragrim

    Dec 3, 2019
    Belgium
    oh I should have said: It will probably never leave my music room. so portabillity isn't important. I just don't really wanna build a pedalboard again... I already have a big one for guitar here.

    If I take a pedalcompressor again it's the Cali76. God what a beast! Love that thing but I'm just sick of having pedals over and over again. I had like 60 pedals so I'm done :p
     
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  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Nothing wrong with a rackmount comp. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, skip the dbx and find a used Rane DC24...it has a crossover and can do the dual channel thingy....hours of entertainment value!

    Riis
     
  6. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    If you don't need to move it and a rack is convenient, I'd get the 160.
    They were used on a zillion hit records (meaning they sound great) and are inexpensive on the used market.
     
  7. roborend

    roborend Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Rock Island Illinois
    I got a dbx160a after debating and I'm very pleased that I did. I was never totally happy with the pedals I tried, the dbx really does it well and I love the lights on the front
     
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  8. roborend

    roborend Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Rock Island Illinois
    You can pick em up used in great condition for about $250 on ebay
     
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  9. GrahamNN3

    GrahamNN3

    Apr 11, 2018
    I have a DBX 160A - it’s very easy to use and it sounds good, but their is a little colouration.

    Often I think I should get a pedal - probably a Cali76 - but with COVID I’m not playing anywhere outside my home anytime soon, so I’m not buying anything yet.

    The La1a is supposed to be very good.
    Leveling Amplifier Studio Grade Compressor - Effectrode
     
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  10. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Connecticut
    Try the MXR pedal... I've owned a bunch of 160 variants as a player and sound guy, and I really like the MXR M87 pedal for bass.

    If you just want colorless leveling, the Really Nice Compressor is nice at a nice price... FMR Audio - RNC
     
  11. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    The Cali76 is an attempt at doing the 1176 thing, which is a very different sound to the 160A. Are you sure you know what type of compression you want, regardless of the format it comes in?
     
  12. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Connecticut

    The M87 is also an attempt at the 1176.

    The reason I like the M87 for bass, is that it's NOT transparent, but the coloration enhances many bass sounds. I haven't heard the Cali, but I'm sure it's popular for similar reasons. I love they way the M87 "blooms" with a fat sound.
     
  13. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Having owned an M87 and an 1176 I’ll just say that to my ears an M87 sounds nothing like an 1176. The M87 is a fine compressor in its own right regardless of trying to cop the vibe of any other compressor, and I really enjoyed it as an end if chain limiter.
     
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  14. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    I use the zoom pedals 160a sim as an always on. It works for me.
     
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  15. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Connecticut
    Same here with ownership, but I wouldn't say nothing like, I'd say "kinda', but not the same", but different than a 160x.

    Either way, definitely different than any of the 16(x) variants I've had (160a, 160x, 162, 165a, 166) . I think the Really Nice Compressor is a lot closer to Over Easy settings than any pedals I've seen.
     
  16. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    The DBX 160A is a great unit but it will suck your treble when used heavily.
     
  17. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Connecticut
    Unless that's what the player wants, and some do...

    That's the crazy part about signal processing. There's really no wrong answer, kind of like strings and pickups.
     
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  18. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Agreed
     
  19. I love my Maxon CP9 Pro+, which is supposed to be like a DBX160 in a pedal. It's a VCA compressor, and I love that I can sharpen my attack while balancing out the notes with mild compression.
     
  20. marionobilio

    marionobilio

    Jan 23, 2011
    The dbx model in the Zoom is what I used for 95% of my compressor needs in that pedal
     
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