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dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter Native/SG Software Download

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Modeled after the dbx 160, one of the most well respected compressors of its time.

Considered one of the best drum compressors ever, the original dbx 160 stands tall among its peers, boasting a very clean sound with minimum THD. The fast-acting dbx 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late ˜70s and throughout the ˜80s, and later models in the 160 series also became industry standards.

Created in collaboration with dbx, the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plug-in is an authentic-sounding software version of this storied piece of hardware. In addition to its meticulous modeling of the vintage compressor, the Waves dbx 160 plug-in incorporates unique and exclusive features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves MS Matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component. The result is a must-have compressor / limiter for use in the studio, live, or both.

œTo get closer to the realism of live performance has been a goal of dbx since the companys inception in the 1970s. This goal has come full circle with the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plugin, which enables you to achieve stunning realism in the studio or to add nuance to an actual live performance. The dbx 160 plugin is a digital model of a classic feed-forward hard-knee VCA-based compressor. On top of the accurate modeling of the original compressor’s sound, Waves has added, for optimal use, several features that did not exist in the original hardware: 1. Input gain control – to let you perfectly adjust the input level going into the compressor. 2. Mix control – to enable very quick parallel compression within the plugins. 3. Noise control – to add the hardware-modeled noise. 4. MS matrix in the stereo component – to enable separate compression between the mid and sides of the stereo signal. 5. Sidechain High Pass (SC-HP) – giving you the option of introducing a high-pass filter around 90 Hz on the sidechain, in order to remove low-frequency energy from the sidechain pass. The outcome is less compression on low-frequency centered signals.


  • Created in collaboration with dbx
  • Meticulous modeling of the original dbx 160 compressor
  • Designed for both studio and live use
  • MS matrix
  • Mix & noise controls
  • Stereo component

Waves plug-ins are a must-have in any studio, download today!


dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter Native/SG Software Download Specifications:

Native system requirements for Mac
CPU: Core Duo 2.3Ghz
OS: 10.7 - 10.11
Screen resolution minimum: 1024 x 768
Recommended: 1280 x 1024/1600 x 1024

Native system requirements for Windows
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 Ghz
OS: Windows 7 with SP1, Windows 8 - 8.1, Windows 10
Screen resolution minimum: 1024 x 768
Recommended: 1280 x 1024/1600 x 1024
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