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by C. vonSneidern (7/28/2015):

This made playing the bass on the basic tracks FUN. The snap, the punch, the… 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 for punch
    by C. vonSneidern(Tuesday 28 July, 2015)

    This made playing the bass on the basic tracks FUN. The snap, the punch, the distortion is just right. I have been curious to use this plugin, having used the hardware unit on a session years ago, remembering how well it worked on bass. Rock bass! Have yet to try it on drum anything. Read More

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    Simple & Effective
    by S. Hurtow(Sunday 7 June, 2015)

    I just bought this plug-in and within minutes of using it on single tracks and the stereo bus, I realized why the dbx 160 is so popular and still regarded as a great compressor. It is so easy to use and has that fantastic, timeless sound. It is simplicity itself: Threshold, Compression and… Read More

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    one of the best tools
    by I. Papagiannidis(Tuesday 2 June, 2015)

    one of the best tools for drums ,piano, guitars! super fast comp! Read More

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    Fantastic compressor
    by A. Krylkov(Tuesday 21 April, 2015)

    I am using this compressor on all snare channels (Top and bottom mic) and it is doing fantastic work! Very good punchy compressor sound on my snare. Read More

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    Better than the new Waves 160!
    by K. Hegyi(Wednesday 1 April, 2015)

    I don't care what anyone says but this is still better than the new Waves one that they recently released. This thing is quite old now but oh well it's still holds up to it's name. I use it on parallel with a lot of stuff! You just can't go wrong with it as it just has this smack that you… 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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Docs

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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