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DBX-560A 500 Series Compressor


Finally DBX has made a 500 series version of their classic DBX 160 VCA compressor with Overeasy at a significantly reduced price. This is the go to compressor for recording drums and guitars. The DBX160 has a super fast attack so it's great for slamming snare drums. It's also very simple to use with controls for threshold, ratio and output gain. It has a great 19 segment gain reduction LED for metering.  


      Featuring the same switch-selectable OverEasy® and Hard Knee compression curves as our industry-standard dbx 160A rackmount processor, the dbx 560A will be your new workhorse compressor! With extremely wide-ranging threshold, ratio and output controls and true RMS level detection providing the most natural-sounding dynamics processing available, the 560A will provide punch to drums, bass, vocals, almost anything! It’s also versatile enough to go from subtle compression to "brick wall" peak limiting. Choose low ratios and OverEasy compression to expertly smooth out fluctuating vocal and instrumental levels, or use the 560A's Hard Knee compression and high ratios for bombproof protection against overload distortion in digital recording, P.A. systems and broadcast signals.

      The 560A's 19-segment, switchable Input/Output LEDs and 12-segment Gain Reduction LEDs provide precise analysis at a glance. And, the dbx 560A's unique "INFINITY +" inverse-compression mode actually decreases the audio output level below unity gain when the input exceeds threshold, a real lifesaver for correcting overbearing vocal choruses and controlling runaway mix levels.


      Input Type    
      Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered

      Input Impedance     
      40kΩ balanced, 20kΩ unbalanced

      Maximum Input Level         

      CMRR  >40 dB; typically >55 dB at 1 kHz

      Output Type 
      Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered

      Output Impedance  
      Balanced 30Ω , unbalanced 15Ω

      Maximum Output Level      

      Frequency Response           
      20 Hz – 20 kHz, + 0/-0.5 dB; 0.5 Hz – 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

      <-97 dBu, Unweighted (22 Hz – 22 kHz)

      <0.005% typical, No compression, 1 kHz input at 0 dBu; <0.07% typical, Any Amount of Compression up to 40 dB @ 1 kHz

      Dynamic Range        
      >119 dB

      Compression Gain Adjustment Range       
      Variable from -20 dB to +20 dB

      Compressor Threshold Range        
      -40 dBu to +20 dBu

      Compressor Threshold Characteristic       
      Selectable OverEasy® or Hard Knee

      Compressor Ratio     
      Variable 1:1 to
      :1 thru to -1:1; 60dB Maximum Compression

      Compressor Attack Time     
      Program-Dependent; Typically 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB

      Compressor Release Time   
      Program-Dependent; Typically 8ms for 1dB, 80ms for 10dB, 400ms for 50dB; 125dB/Sec Rate

      Power Requirements           
      +/- 16VDC

      Current Draw           
      60mA per power rail

      Power Draw  
      1.92 watts

      Rack System Compatibility  
      500 Series Compatible Power-frame

      Rack Space    
      1 Slot

      Dimensions (H x W x D)      
      5.25” x 1.5” x 6” (13.34cm x 3.81cm x 15.24cm)

      1.3 lbs (0.59 kg)

      Shipping Weight      
      1.7 lbs (0.77 kg)

      * Requires a 500 series rack unit to operate. Sold Separately.

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