dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate  

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The dbx 266XL Compressor and Gate features stereo operation with OverEasy compression, True RMS Power Summing, and XLR ins and outs. It also cuts no corners on visual feedback. The processor has a ful... Click To Read More About This Product

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The dbx 266XL Compressor and Gate features stereo operation with OverEasy compression, True RMS Power Summing, and XLR ins and outs. It also cuts no corners on visual feedback. The processor has a full complement of input/output metering as well as gain reduction metering and easy-to-read backlit switches.

The 266XL provides traditional dbx sonic quality and performance for the working musician, DJ, studio
operator or anyone who needs a friendly compressor/gate to achieve quality compression,
gating and downward expansion quickly and easily.

Most compressor/gates provide less than musical compression, coupled with gating that swallows transients”or closes early, cutting off decay and reverb tails. The superb engineering in the 266XL ensures that both its compression and gating provide versatility and excellent sonic performance in situations where other compressor/gates typically produce undesirable processing artifacts.

When using the 266XL's AutoDynamic Attack and Release controls, artists and engineers will find that the center settings deliver classic dbx compression, while the full control range produces voicings that extend from slow leveling to aggressive peak limiting.

The Auto Dynamic circuitry continuously adjusts the actual attack and release times to optimally match the program material. Since you aren't restricted to using the Attack and Release controls only in peak operation, you can tailor the response of the 266XL for individual tracks, mixed program material, special effects or system protection. As a result, you can use the versatile 266XL to replace multiple single-purpose limiters while sound reinforcement users can standardize on the 266XL for all of your applications.

The 266XL's advanced gate circuitry uses a completely new, program-dependent timing algorithm to produce ultra-smooth release characteristics”even with complex signals, such as voice or reverb decays. dbx engineers went on to take advantage of the wide dynamic range and high precision of the dbx VCA to design in an extra-wide threshold range and ensure top gating performance for each application.

Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup, while the 266XL's intuitive operation lets users easily smooth uneven levels, add sustain to guitars, squash drums or tighten up mixes. In Stereo couple mode, the Channel 1 controls become Master controls, and Channel 2 follows precisely to ensure a rock solid stereo image”even with high amounts of compression. Professionals and newcomers will find that the 266XL sets up rapidly and musically the first time it is used, and every time thereafter.

The dbx 266XL processor is the result of an intensive engineering and product development effort aimed at taking advantage of the latest and best advances in manufacturing technology to deliver true dbx audio performance and reliability at the lowest possible cost. The 266XL puts a completely new level of compressor/gate performance within everyone's reach.

Features
  • Goof-proof operation to smooth uneven levels,
  • add sustain to guitars, fatten drums or
  • tighten up mixes.
  • Gate timing algorithms ensure the
  • smoothest release characteristics.
  • Program-adaptive expander/gates.
  • Great-sounding dynamics control for any
  • type of program material
  • Separate precision LED displays for gain
  • reduction, compression threshold and gate
  • threshold allow quick, accurate setup
  • Stereo or dual-mono operation
  • Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" TRS
  • and XLR.
  • Side Chain insert.
  • Classic dbx "Auto" mode
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
2 year warranty for products purchased from us, with the exception of the 480 series.


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dbx266XL Compressor/Gate
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Comp for a great price

By C.A. East

from Mission Viejo,Ca

Comments about dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate:

Every bass player should have a comp in their arsenal. I added this comp to my bass rig about 2 years ago. I have used other comp pedals that have added noticeable hum and distortion none of that from this comp. I love the fact that I can dial in my settings for a comp to my liking. The over-easy and audio buttons are great for that out of the box comp. Only thing I dont like is the lack of a power button. You will need to know how comp works to own this. If you dont check out some websites that help you understand how it will affect your sound.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound

By Randy S.

from Yorba LInda, CA

Comments about dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate:

I bought two of these a few years ago. They provide a critical function in making my mixes clear and bringing the vocals to the top. I used them on the inserts in a Allen Heath mixer, with Mackie triamped cabs plus subs. That and good gain structuring and EQ makes the house sound like a recording if you have a band that understands enough to let you mix (i.e. turn down). Lots of complements on the sound last night brought me to this page this morning cause I'm thinking about buying two more.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Guitars to!

By jobin

from Dallas, TX

Comments about dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate:

I have a peavey 6505+ and without a compressor/Gate it is useless. I have been using this exact model compressor/gate for almost 2 years now and it has not failed and it can handle anything. It is fully adjustable for any sound. i play in a tech-metal/progressive band so we change from high gain to clean a lot and this cuts out any extra sounds and feedback. and for the price you cannot beat it.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mutiple Uses / One Tool

By Charles Parris

from Atlanta, Ga.

Comments about dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate:

I have used a DBX266XL for many diffrent types of sources. It works for bass, vocals, karaoke, master limiter, and just about any other application you can think of. Yes there are other compressors out ther for sepcific sources but if you want one that will handle a wide varity and not break the bank, then you have found it! It may not be a "one size fits all" but it's darn near close!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This machine is a workhorse

By William

from Oakland, CA

Comments about dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate:

I have used this for my bass and keyboard during live play and recording for a year now and just bought another (both work equally well). I play all kinds of music and haven't found anything it couldn't handle. It keeps the signal line clear with no distortion and for extreme sound the two channels can be coupled for use by one instrument. The design is easy enough for novice use (automatic processing) and yet provides all the functions a professional would need to dial it in just right.

(25 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A excellent unit for a bass rig

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

Comments about dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate:

My bass player uses this unit in his bass rig every time we play a gig. The DBX 266XL has always been very reliable and it has never caused us any problems. The DBX 266XL provides 2 channels of high quality compression. The compressor enables his bass to sound full and provides it with a significant amount of punch at low volumes making this a very handy item to have in our arsenal of tools. I would strongly recommend this unit for any bass player that needs a well built good sounding compressor.

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