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Plan to use both channels of a dbx 266XL

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Groundloop, Dec 6, 2005.


  1. Groundloop

    Groundloop

    Jun 21, 2005
    Toronto
    So here's my idea.

    Split the signal from my bass using a Y cable or splitter box to feed Channels 1 and 2 of the dbx. Take the outputs from the dbx into an A/B switch on my pedal board. The output of the A/B switch goes to the input of the amp. The reason for doing this is to set up 1 channel as the 'just a bit of compression' side, and the other as the 'Lord have mercy but that's compressed' side.

    I can't see why this wouldn't work, but I'm not sure, so I put it out here for my fellow TBer's to help me think it through.

    Any input would be appreciated. :)
     
  2. Droog

    Droog

    Aug 14, 2003
    PDX
    The only problem I would see is that the 266 wants a line level signal at the input not instrument level and it would be out putting line level as well, which your pedals and amp probably won't like.

    Maybe it will work fine,could be that it operates well with instruement level but as far as I know the dbx is line level only and would be problematic.
     
  3. Groundloop

    Groundloop

    Jun 21, 2005
    Toronto
    Thanks for the reply.

    The 266XL is switchable to operate at +4db or -10db. I used it (@ -10db) in single channel mode in rehearsal on the weekend and it worked fine.
     
  4. Droog

    Droog

    Aug 14, 2003
    PDX
    Ok, but keep in mind that -10 still is not instrument level, but if it is working and everything sounds right to you then by all means go with it.
     
  5. dadodetres

    dadodetres

    Dec 19, 2004
    URUGUAY
    which are your setting at the dbx for the "'Lord have mercy but that's compressed" tone?
     
  6. Groundloop

    Groundloop

    Jun 21, 2005
    Toronto
    Haven't gotten there yet! :D

    I only put it in my rack on Sunday, and had the idea to use the 2 channels separately on Monday. My rig is in our rehearsal room so I haven't had the opportunity to twist any knobs since the weekend. If my bandmates allow me any playtime I might be able to figure it out and post my settings Wednesday night.
     
  7. el_Kabong

    el_Kabong

    Jul 11, 2005
    Another option to get the most transparent compression is to use both channels in series. Set the first one to just catch the peaks and the second one to smooth things out so neither compressor works particularly hard.
     
  8. dadodetres

    dadodetres

    Dec 19, 2004
    URUGUAY

    if i am correct that would be for imitating a sof knee compressor... but less smoth.

    tha dbx already has a soft knee option