In part three of this series of Waves video tutorials, Eli Krantzberg continues covering four of his favorite Waves compressors and shows you real-world examples of the plugins in action. Featured in this video: the Waves DBX 160 Compressor Limiter, an audio industry standard in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s.
Using the Waves DBX 160 Compressor
The DBX 160 has a unique envelope following attack and release algorithm that tracks transients in just the right way to get a super crisp and sharp sounding attack on percussive sounds. Blending in a subtle amount via its built-in mix knob allows for a unique punch, or smack, to be added to the initial attack; for a very percussive, almost rhythmic, style of compression.
Watch how the DBX 160 allows for dialling in some sharp punch and attack with the signal’s normal transients, for a crisp and tight compression colour:
The Waves DBX 160, considered one of the best drum compressors ever made, is currently on sale for $59 (regular $129). The software version has features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix controls for parallel processing, and a stereo version.
For more information, videos, user reviews or a demo, visit DBX 160 at the Waves website.