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Which compressor?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by cubeenz, Sep 14, 2001.


  1. Okay, I've narrowed my compressor search down to two. The Alesis 3630 and the dbx 266XL. I've got some spending money now and it's burning a whole in my pocket. :D The cost of both is the same, $150. I was just wondering what everyone thought of these two models, and which one is the better buy. I really don't know much about compressors, so anything you have to offer will probably be of help. Thanks a lot.
     
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I used that model dbx in my rack for a while. I tested the Alesis also.

    Both worked great. The metering is better on the alesis and it has a true gate. Both are fine for bass. I bought dbx because of dependibility issues. Not that I have heard a lot of bad things about alesis, but I have never had anything dbx break. I can't imagine that you wouldn't be happy with either.

    I am probably the only person on this board that knows where New Melle is!! I live in St. Peters.
     
  3. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I use a dbx 160a and love it, I got the dbx for the same reasons, ive never had anything go wrong with a dbx.
     
  4. davelowell

    davelowell

    Jan 18, 2001
    stl, mo
    i use the 3630 AND i'm from stl. flora place near tower grove park. anyway, i find no difference except the gate, so i bought the alesis. ymmv

    dave
     
  5. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    getting warmer
    I got the Alesis for $99 new on sale at GC. I like it very much.

    I couldn't tell the difference between it and the dbx when I was recording in the studio....then again I play RAWK MYOOZIK so what do I know.
     
  6. Yeah, I went and got the dbx today, after talking to the store people about both models. I like it very much. It sounds great and does exactly what I needed it for. I don't know a lot about compressors, but I'm learning and experimenting. Feel free to offer any tips or ideas for me... thanks a lot all..
     
  7. yawnsie

    yawnsie

    Apr 11, 2000
    London
    Away to Effects with you! :D
     
  8. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    which 2-channel dbx comp you guys like?