The dbx 286A Microphone Preamp features 5 processors that can be used independently or in any combination. The preamp features a wide-ranging input gain control, switchable 48V phantom power, and an 8... Click To Read More About This Product
The dbx 286A Microphone Preamp features 5 processors that can be used independently or in any combination. The preamp features a wide-ranging input gain control, switchable 48V phantom power, and an 80Hz high-pass filter. Its OverEasy compressor smooths out uneven acoustic tracks or delivers in-your-face vocals. The frequency tunable de-esser takes out vocal sibilance and high-frequency distortion in cymbals. An enhancer lets you bring out HF and LF detail and cleans up muddy low-midrange frequencies. And its expander/gate lets you reduce headphone leakage and gate noisy guitar amps. Full complement of metering and status LEDs. XLR mic input and additional 1/4" TRS for connection and processing of live instruments or pre-recording tracks at mixdown.
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I've had the DBX 286A for a few years now. I've gotten excellent results with it. I've tried solid-state as well as tube mics through it and have had great outcomes. The only quibble I have with the unit is the compressor section. It uses two rather vaguely named controls. It will take some trial and error to get used to them and make them sound their best. Once you "get it" you'll find the compression is invisible. I like the high and low enhancers and the very usable noise gate/expander. For the money, you can't go wrong. I have a few of them in my rack!
This was recommended to me by an engineer at the radio stations I work at. I bought it to set up a home voice over studio and it's excellent! No need for a mixing board or anything else. Mic plugs into the amp and the amp plugs directly into the 'Line In' on my PC and I have crystal clear studio sound! 5 Stars!!! Thank you Mr. Engineer Guy and dbx!