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Customer Reviews 171 Reviews

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by M. D'Andrea (7/18/2016):

this vca is a great reproduction of the famous dbx 160.this simple plugin work very… 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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    perfect punch on drums
    by M. D'Andrea(Monday 18 July, 2016)

    this vca is a great reproduction of the famous dbx 160.this simple plugin work very well on kick drum and snare. great choice for every tipe of drums or bass guitar Read More

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    Great on Drums and Bass
    by S. Gough(Thursday 14 July, 2016)

    If you need a compressor that really clamps down on a track, the dbx 160 is perfect. Sounds like the hardware. Almost has a distressor-like characteristic in its attack. Excellent for accentuating the power behind a smash track. Read More

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    Oldie but a goodie
    by M. Ballenger(Wednesday 1 June, 2016)

    The DBX160 may be one of the older offerings by UAD, but it holds up still. I own the Waves and Softube/NI versions as well, but the UAD wins most of the time. I use this most frequently for parallel kick/snare compression and the UAD version's superiority shows in the low end. The others… Read More

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    Fast attack and Release Personality
    by J. Cohn(Thursday 19 May, 2016)

    When you're looking for a quick grab and quick fix compressor this one has a largely aggressive personality and can punch. Not suitable for all material but anything that needs fast release and presence will benefit from this powerful character comp. Does a fantastic job and definitely a… Read More

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    The soundtrack of my life
    by P. Jonsson(Monday 11 April, 2016)

    The soundtrack of my life - what can I say: One of my favorite of the bunch. UAD you ROCK. ALL ENJOY 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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