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Best DBX 160 plugin?

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Looking for a good DBX plugin, what are your suggestions? Comparing Waves, UAD and Arturia right now (although I know Arturia is modelled after a different one). From what I hear now Waves and UAD are similar, but the UAD seems to have more presence, Arturia is similar on the auto attack/release mode, but has a longer release then the previous two. Also, when you turn off the auto attack/release on Arturia it sounds very trashy on drums which makes it unusable, while on other instruments there's not so much distortion. Also, regarding harmonic content, ranking from cleanest to the most saturated they are: UAD -> Waves -> Arturia.

What is your favourite one and why?
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You are going to need to be more precise as to which dbx unit you want a simulation of.
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I presume rather than talking about "dbx" (flavour of Dolby), the OP actually means the dbx 160A compressor.
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muzines wrote: Tue May 30, 2023 12:48 pm I presume rather than talking about "dbx" (flavour of Dolby), the OP actually means the dbx 160A compressor.

No, I kinda mean 160VU, but also similar flavours, that's why I didn't specify it.
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apaclin wrote: Tue May 30, 2023 2:10 pm No, I kinda mean 160VU, but also similar flavours, that's why I didn't specify it.

Sorry, yes that's what I meant, not sure why I added the A. I have the UAD one and always liked it, but it's DSP-only so I'm hoping they port it to native.

The Arturia one is a different model by the looks (165A), and I generally don't like Waves most of the time. So my preference is the UA one, personally.
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There are so many dBX compressor models, all supposedly based on the original 160-VU — or more specifically its use of the 'Blackmer VCA' — but all different in so many ways...

The 160VU (from the mid-70s) is unusual in the long line of dBX compressors in that it had a hard-knee response. The 'over-easy' soft-knee characteristic that everyone associates with dBX compression wasn't introduced until the early 80s in the 160X.
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Post by sonics »

You don't say what you're going to be compressing and why a DBX, but I'll suggest the Waves BSS as an alternative. Lots of options. Good snappy, punchy fun. :)
I was always happy to see those rather than DBX units a few decades ago!
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Here's two layered Synth Bass I shaped to be aggressive using dbx160 bundled with Logic to cut through a beefy EDM piece I'm working on.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/165Bbcw ... 6dg2Y/view
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How do you view hard knee soft knee compression. Does it matter? Whats your approach?

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muzines wrote: Tue May 30, 2023 2:20 pm
apaclin wrote: Tue May 30, 2023 2:10 pm No, I kinda mean 160VU, but also similar flavours, that's why I didn't specify it.

Sorry, yes that's what I meant, not sure why I added the A. I have the UAD one and always liked it, but it's DSP-only so I'm hoping they port it to native.

The Arturia one is a different model by the looks (165A), and I generally don't like Waves most of the time. So my preference is the UA one, personally.

There is a native version of the UAD DBX 160 compresor.
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Post by Mixedup »

Always like the UA one. But more recently, I reckon Acustica Grey Pro sounds really good. It covers multiple types including 160VU hard-knee.
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ore_terra wrote: Mon Jun 24, 2024 9:45 am There is a native version of the UAD DBX 160 compresor.

There is now, yes, and I have it, but at the time of the post, there wasn't... (The UADx native version was ported and released about four months after that post).
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muzines wrote: Mon Jun 24, 2024 12:13 pm
ore_terra wrote: Mon Jun 24, 2024 9:45 am There is a native version of the UAD DBX 160 compresor.

There is now, yes, and I have it, but at the time of the post, there wasn't... (The UADx native version was ported and released about four months after that post).

2023… I didn’t notice😅
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