by Brendan G-W
The DBX 266 Compressor/Gate is a great option for simple compression. It is a dual mono compressor, but can be used in stereo with the push of a button. Whether in the studio or in a live setting, this rackmount compressor is packed with versatility.
Basic control options make dialing in the compressor effortless. Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release and Output Gain are adjustable. The unit has a string of LED lights to show gain reduction.
Personally, I don’t really use the Expander/Gate built into the unit, as it is pretty worthless. At best it could be used as a very crude noise gate.
Overall, this compact unit does a nice job of inexpensive compression without coloration.
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