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dbx 286s Stereo 2-Way, Mono 4-Way Crossover with Mic XLR connectors

4.7
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Description

  • Studio quality mic preamp/channel strip processor
  • Classic dbx compression puts great sound within easy reach
  • Frequency tuneable de-esser reduces sibilance and high frequency distortion
  • Enhancer increases the detail and definition of the high and low frequencies
  • Program adaptive expander/Gate. Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Input: 1/4" TRS (x2) and XLR (x1); output: 1/4" TRS (x1)
  • Operating voltage: 120VAC 60Hz, 100VAC 50/60Hz
  • Purchase includes: dbx286s, power cord, operation manual, and rack mount screws and washers (x4)

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Customer Reviews

Production-ready vocals for under $200? No brainer.A big, clear sound ready for podcast or voice on your video. I have no idea what secret sauce DBX uses, but this mic preamp makes big jobs simple. I've never run a condenser through it (might find out it's terrific), but it's perfect for a dynamic mic like the Shure SM7B. Gain, gate, compression, decent de-esser, tone enhancement, all ready to roll and it sounds like I wanted without more gear or a lot of effort. Ideal for generating pro-sounding vox to a video project. Other folks may not agree, but I think the sound is SO good that it needs very little tweeking in a DAW environment. All for less than $200.If I was inclined to be critical, I'd like an on/off switch, but you can always power this unit through a rack switch.Similarly, it would be nice to have an XLR out, but it's TRS and - honestly - at this price point, I'd probably end up converting the signal to 1/4" with a direct box anyway. Great processor/preamp and mine's been running for over a year. I'd get another in a heartbeat.For the project-studio guy/gal out there wondering how to get broadcast quality voice tone without a second mortgage, consider the DBX 286x.Here's a bonus trick someone may find useful: A gate eliminates all room noise; that means you'll have dead silence between your phrases. If it's a problem, you can record a track/loop of clean room noise and import it into your project. That subtle background can make everything sound more natural.5Best affordable sound treatment for podcastersWhile everyone is busy sound-treating their podcast environments with expensive foam and plywood I just got this thing. I'm an old audio engineer so here's a tip: You don't need to buy all that foam and sweat in a box while you record. Just get this. My apartment is noisy and I still get great, quiet recordings with this. I also feel better about Skype and conference calls.Get a dynamic mic like an SM7B (*not* a condenser mic, trust me), crank the preamp all the way up on this (it needs it) and set your gate and de-esser thresholds, then get right on the mic. That air conditioner, refrigerator, and outdoor birds chirping? Buh bye.5Solid and professionalIf you're recording from home, this is what you need. I was getting very frustrated trying to mix "in the box" (mixing after everything was recorded into the computer). If you have an untreated room, you will try to add VST gates to reduce room noise. You use VST compressors after your signal was recorded. You use a de-esser to attenuate your esses. All of it is a massive let-down because you're swimming upstream trying to alter a bad signal that was recorded with all the imperfections built into it. Enter the DBX.Now, I have very little experience with outboard gear, but the reviews are true. This channel strip did what years of fiddling with plug-ins couldn't do: give me a professional sounding recording. I almost could have cried. It sounds lovely and professional. It won't sound like a Neve, but it will give you a nice flat signal and silence your room's foibles.I should say that the effect knobs are extremely powerful, so don't go ramping them up to the right. The compressor, for me, sits at 2 and 1/34 repsectively. I use the EQ boosts judiciously and they give a nice warmth on the bottom and a slight air on the top without being brittle.All in all a beautiful sturdy piece of kit that I wish I had had years ago. In fact, I'm re-recording a whole album with this. It's that good.5Excellent Channel Strip That Makes Your Voice Sound Great And Minimizes Background Noises This is one of the few items where I would recommend taking the time to watch the video review fully. I go through the unit and each of the sections and explain what each of the settings do. The video was produced using this channel strip so you'll get a good idea of the sound quality and what the capabilities are.If you don't have time to watch the video, it is about a half-hour, here are the main points. THE GOOD The compressor evens out the volume so it is great for those that don't use a microphone often.The noise-gate really does an excellent job is keeping room noise out of your recordings.The audio enhancements take your voice and give it that broadcast "radio guy" sound.Nice, clean gain that will run most microphones. I'd recommend a Cloudlifter device with Shure SM7B and similar microphones. THE BAD Does not convert the signal to USB, if you want to record on a PC you'll need another device to convert the signal.No on/off switch. I'm using it on my desk and am currently just plugging it in and unplugging it. CONCLUSION If you are a podcaster or voice-over artist this device will instantly help you create better audio recordings. Once you understand each of the settings and how they work you can dial in the sound you want. It does a great job enhancing a voice and minimizing the room noises. Highly recommended.5Amazing. Saves tons of time... no more editing! woohoo!This thing is amazing. Perfect for someone who doesn't want to have to edit all of their voice recordings. You can control all types of gain / attenuation. Pre-amp for mic gain, 48V phantom power (I use to power separate cloudlifter mic preamp), Audio compressor for mic distance, De-esser (to reduce the ssssssss -- be care to go to far or you'll sound like you're lisping), Low and High frequency enhancers that really work well for that radio broadcaster sound, and my favorite: the expander/Gate that drastically reduces breath sounds. It's cool. It doesn't just kill the breathing completely, it reduces it to any level you want. Finally, there's an output gain that I set to zero.Love this thing. It has saved me soooo much time because I don't have to do audio editing anymore. It's EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. I wanted to spend more time creating rather than editing.5Transformed my systemI've been an audiophile for 30 years. About 15 years ago i integrated a sub, eventually a pair of subs, into my 2 channel system. I did this because a truly full-range high end speaker pair is extremely expensive. Typically starting at $15,000 and up from there. I have a $10,000 pair of speakers that compete with any speaker at any price down to about 32Hz. Below that they roll off quickly. The subs fill in the lower bass. For years I used a crossover to control the cut-off on the signal sent to the subs but allowed the main speakers to run full-range. I thought that anything inserted into the signal before the amp would degrade the sound so never considered a crossover like this. I also thought I had my system dialed in and was happy with the sound.I bought this dbx crossover just to play around with expecting I would either set it aside or return it. Instead, I have been blown away by the improvement in sound. I've detected no degradation of detail in the sound.I love this thing.A few months ago I installed this crossover between my preamp and amp and was amazed5Bang For The Buck..... oh yeah!When I first started doing voice overs more than 10 years ago... a consultant steered me to the Aphex 230 channel strip... which is a "tube" mic preamp and so inherently adds some noise to the signal chain. I wrestled forever to lower the noise floor (various gain staging... and repeated fails with noise reduction plugins) all with limited improvement. Finally enough was enough... and after working in a radio stadio that was loaded to the gills with DBX channel strips I decided to take the plunge with the 286S. I can't explain why it took me so dang long to see the light. With the excellent gain in the mic pre section I was able to lower the output gain on my Mackie mixer... and with a smidge of gating on the DBX... much joy. My rig's noise floor has dropped from a somewhat acceptable -65 dB with audible noise on voice tracks .... to an amazing - 90 dB!!! Plus for voice overs the solid state DBX is much more natural sounding to my ears and cuts through much better than the Aphex tube pre. Plus, once I sell the 230... I'll be substantial money ahead. Five starts all the way for the 286S5Works well....while it lastsI liked the DBX 286s during the 2 years that I used it, then, after about 2 years, it has stopped working. Sound is suddenly very distorted at all settings, except when "Bypass" is on, so...it's toast, and the problem is someplace within the DBX. Would I order it again? I just did, but I am not happy about the longevity I got out of it. Although my actual use of it was pretty light, in fairness I did have it "on" all the time because it has NO on/off switch. With the new one, I will unplug it when not in use, and hope for a better experience.3OUTSTANDING for removing background noise for livestreams, YouTube videos and podcasts!As other reviewers have mentioned, this is a solid and professional mic processor.I'm preparing to start doing YouTube videos. However, I'm working from my home, with an less-than-ideal acoustical environment. (I'm an amateur at this and know absolutely NOTHING about audio engineering.) I also use Windows 10 which has really crappy audio drivers: no matter how much I jacked up the mic input volume, my audio was just too low with USB mics that plugged directly into my computer. (It doesn't help that I'm a woman with a relatively soft voice.)After some research, I decided to get a lav mic with an XLR connection and a USB audio adapter. THAT solved my input volume problem, but now any background noise was amplified, including my A/C, room echo and mic hiss. The layout of my room doesn't really allow for sound treatment and nothing in my home is soundproof. No amount of post editing could completely fix it without distorting my voice.Enter the DBX 286s which I bought after seeing reviews on YouTube. It took quite a bit of fiddling and testing the settings, but I've been SUPER HAPPY with the results in testing. The DBX 286s provides plenty of gain and phantom power to my mic, but the standout feature is the expander gate. Background echo/mic hiss is greatly reduced and now my raw audio isn't horrible, which means it's good enough for livestreams. I'm nitpicky and still do some minor editing in Audacity for pre-recorded videos, but live webinars and live Facebook or YouTube videos will sound just fine with virtually no background noise of any kind (except for minor mic hiss only at the highest volume levels).This has solved a MAJOR problem for me: I bought mic processor primarily to eliminate background noise (room echo/mic hiss). This is an OUTSTANDING mic processor and I'm super happy with the results! :)5Solid Mic Pre-amp for my Shure SM7B I'm happy with the results I'm getting from this to boost the gain of my microphone plus add a simple compressor, gate, and de-esser.It would be great if you could run multiple mics in and out using the same settings without having to buy one for each mic, but I understand the limitations of that.And unless you're going to rack mount this with other audio gear, it is quite large to put on a desk or hide in a cabinet or drawer.5
dbx 286s Stereo 2-Way, Mono 4-Way Crossover with Mic XLR connectors

dbx 286s Stereo 2-Way, Mono 4-Way Crossover with Mic XLR connectors

4.7
Error You can't add more than 500 quantity.
Regular price
€409,00
Sale price
€409,00
Regular price
€676,00
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Save 39% (€267,00)