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Customer Reviews 138 Reviews

4.82 out of 5 stars

by D. Morgan (2/25/2015):

Very Good Response for Rapidity Hit-Hat and Drums and more Bass with this Transparent… Read more

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Overview

dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter Plug-In

Faithful Plug-In Emulation of First Commercially Available VCA Compressor

The dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter is a fully licensed and faithful emulation of the legendary dbx 160 hardware compressor/limiter — still widely considered the best VCA compressor ever made. “VU” is the common nickname for this highly regarded studio staple, famous for its simple control set and firm, distinct compression characteristics. The dbx 160 also has unique nonlinearities not found in other VCA compressors, giving it a sonic distinction from later models. The dbx-endorsed UAD Powered Plug-In version of the VCA VU captures all of the sonic nuances from our “golden” modeling unit, plus the simple control set of the original hardware.

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  • Neil Mclellan

    (TapeOp)

    "My favortite [UAD Powered Plug-In] is the VCA VU Compressor/Limiter. I love it so much. It's absolutely unbelievable."

    Hans Zimmer

    (The Dark Knight, Gladiator)

    "For years I used an old dbx 160 compressor for drums. So when UA came out with the VCA VU, I was very happy."

    Ed MacFarlane

    (Friendly Fires)

    "I really like it [VCA-VU] & it's really simple... it beefs up the sound & makes the signal from an 808 more interesting."

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    (Computer Music)

    "It's easy to get the VCA VU pumping away. Correctly adjusting the Threshold knob to get the unit working is simple ..."

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    Dbx 160 on Logic X
    by D. Morgan(Wednesday 25 February, 2015)

    Very Good Response for Rapidity Hit-Hat and Drums and more Bass with this Transparent Compressor… Read More

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    Punchy Drums
    by A. Geisen (Monday 26 January, 2015)

    This is a compressor which is really easy to use. It has a knob that sets the threshold, one for the ratio and and one for the output. I really like the soundquality of this plugin. it realls shines on drums and guitars. I also tried it on fast rap vocals and it worked excellent. If i have… Read More

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    The Little Magic Box
    by K. Dalager (Sunday 18 January, 2015)

    The UAD plug-in "dbx 160" looks very simple, with only 3 knobs to turn! But make no mistake, this little magic box, which is an emulation of the legendary dbx 160 hardware compressor/limiter, is going to surprise you everytime you through it at anything. It has this unbelievable… Read More

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    The compressor in SSL
    by P. Moore (Wednesday 14 January, 2015)

    THE GREATEST GLUE IN THE WORLD FOR MIXING HANDS DOWN .!!!! NOTHING ELSE TO SAY .LOOOOOOOVE YOU UAD . keep making music Read More

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    Punch and Control
    by E. Smallwood (Wednesday 14 January, 2015)

    When you need to grab that transient and subdue it, this is the the beast to call on. Great sound slightly colored. all in all a great plugin compressor. Read More

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    There were many recording techniques used in my years as an engineer back in Detroit in the various recording studios. Read More

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    Matt Knobel has a great job. A job that many of us covet. He is the head engineer at South Beach's Setai Recording Studio. Read More

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Features & Specs

dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter Plug-In

Features:

  • Plug-in model of dbx 160; first solid-state VCA compressor
  • Modeled discrete version with unique nonlinearities
  • Same simple control set of its analog counterpart
  • Threshold, Compression and Output controls
  • LED threshold indicators just like the original
  • Input/Output/Gain Change VU meter
  • Modeled from desirable ‘non-monolithic’ original design, adding unique nonlinearities
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

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$199.00

Docs

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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