dbx 1066 Compressor

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DBX 1066
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dbx 1066 Compressor

The dbx 1066 Compressor is a high performance multifunctional unit designed to deliver all the flexibility and power that a professional user demands. With the new advanced dbx V2 VCA for high system performance, the dbx 1066 Compressor offers a perfectly simple operation.

The dbx 1066 Compressor is one of the world's most renown series of compressors. The task of producing a new compressor worthy of dbx reputation would be daunting for most engineers. The dbx engineers know audio like no one else in the world. Now the fruits of their talents are available to you in the form of the dbx 1066 Stereo Compressor/Limiter/Gate.

Want to instantly add that classic dbx response to your mix? It's there at the touch of the "Auto" button. Or use the independent Attack and Release controls to tailor the dbx 1066 Compressor to your specific needs. Unwanted frequencies or mic bleed in the signal path? Frequency dependent gain control is a snap to set up and execute with dbx Side Chain External button (SC Ext). Use the Side Chain Monitor button (SC Mon) and your favorite EQ to dial in the specific frequencies you want to trigger the device. As has become dbx Pro's standard, the contour switch allows entire mixes to be easily smoothed with soft compression while keeping low frequencies from punching holes in the overall mix. Selectable input and output metering allow you to make sure that everything is matched up level-wise, maximizing your signal-to-noise ratio.

For overall speaker protection, the dbx new PeakStopPlus™ does all previous circuits one better. With a new design, the PeakStopPlus represses those unwanted transients from blowing your drivers while minimizing the distortion common to many other "hard" limiters. Selectable Hard-Knee or OverEasy® characteristics make the dbx 1066 Compressor ideal for your gain control needs, whether you're looking for "heavy" almost-special-effects compression or soft, smooth gain leveling. New lightpipe technology replaces standard LED's found on most other units, making the dbx 1066 Compressor both very easy to read and much easier to operate.

In the studio, broadcast facility or on the road with a P.A. system, the dbx 1066 Compressor is designed for perfectly simple operation. The dbx 1066 Compressor allows you to eliminate unwanted signals, flexibly control overall signal gain and guard your overall mix in dual mono or stereo operation.

At the heart of the dbx 1066 Compressor is the new dbx V2 VCA. Developed especially for the dbx 1066 Compressor, dbx 1046 Compressor and other 10 series products to come, this revolutionary VCA boasts superb dynamic range characteristics while maintaining very low distortion and almost immeasurable noise characteristics. The bottom line is this: a new VCA working in conjunction with world class design makes the dbx 1066 Compressor perform better than compressors selling for hundreds more.

State-of-the-technology VCA's, meticulous component selection, and scrupulous testing procedures are just a few more reasons that the new dbx 1066 Compressor is the latest in a long line of pedigreed dbx signal processors.

dbx 1066 Compressor Features

  • Selectable auto (classic dbx®) or manual (variable Attack and Release) compression
  • Contour switch removes unwanted low frequency information from detector circuit
  • Selectable Overeasy® or Hard Knee compression modes
  • PeakStopPlus™ limiting for setting maximum allowable level with minimal distortion
  • SC Ext and SC Mon for setting up and monitoring external devices for gating function
  • True differentially balanced gold-plated XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs
  • True RMS level detection
  • Precision metering of input level, output level, and gain reduction
  • True stereo or dual mono operation
  • Switchable +4dBu or -10dBV operation per channel

dbx 1066 Compressor Specifications

  • Input Connectors: XLR and 1/4" TRS (Pin 2 and tip hot)
  • Input Type: Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Input Impedance: Balanced > 50 kOhm, unbalanced >25 kOhm
  • Max Input: > +24 dBu balanced or unbalanced
  • CMRR: Typically >50 dB at 1 kHz
  • Output Connectors: XLR and 1/4" TRS (Pin 2 and tip hot)
  • Output Type: Servo-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Output Impedance: Balanced 120 Ohm, unbalanced 60 Ohm
  • Max Output: > +21 dBm balanced, > +20 dBm unbalanced
  • Sidechain Input Connector: 1/4" Unbalanced (Tip-Sleeve)
  • Sidechain Input Type: Unbalanced, RF filtered
  • Sidechain Impedance: >10 kOhm
  • Sidechain Max Input Level: >+24 dBu
  • Sidechain Output Connector: 1/4" Balanced TRS (tip hot)
  • Sidechain Output Type: Impedance balanced, RF filtered
  • Sidechain Output Impedance: Balanced 2 kOhm, unbalanced 1 kOhm
  • Sidechain Max Output Level: >+21 dBu balanced or unbalanced
  • Bandwidth: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/0.5 dB
  • Frequency Response: 0.35 Hz to 90 kHz, +0/-3 dB
  • Noise: < -95 dBu, unweighted, 22 kHz measurement bandwidth
  • Dynamic Range: > 118dB, unweighted
  • THD+Noise: 0.008% typical at +4 dBu (1 kHz unity gain), 0.08% typical at +20 dBu (1 kHz unity gain), < 0.1% any amount of compression up to 40 dB, 1 kHz
  • IMD: < 0.1% SMPTE
  • Interchannel Crosstalk: < -80 dB 20Hz to 20 kHz
  • Stereo Coupling: True RMS Power Summing
  • Compressor Threshold Range: -40 dBu to +20 dBu
  • Compressor Ratio: 1:1 to infinity:1
  • Compressor Threshold Characteristic: Selectable OverEasy® or hard knee
  • Compressor Attack/Release Characteristic: AutoDynamic™
  • Compressor Attack/Release Modes: Selectable Manual or Auto
  • Compressor Manual Attack Time: Scalable program-dependent
  • Compressor Manual Release Time: Scalable program-dependent
  • Compressor Auto Attack Time: Program-dependent
  • Compressor Auto Release Time: Program-dependent
  • Compressor Output Gain: -20 to +20 dB
  • Limiter Threshold Range: +4 dBu to +24 dBu (off)
  • Limiter Ratio: infinity:1
  • Limiter Type: PeakStopPlus® two-stage limiter
  • Limiter Stage 1: PeakStop® brickwall limiter
  • Limiter Stage 1 Attack Time: Zero
  • Limiter Stage 1 Release Time: Zero
  • Limiter Stage 2: Predictive intelligent program limiter
  • Limiter Stage 2 Attack Time: Program-dependent
  • Limiter Stage 2 Release Time: Program-dependent
  • Expander/Gate Threshold Range: Off to +15dBu
  • Expander/Gate Ratio: 1:1 to 30:1
  • Expander/Gate Attack Time: < 100 µsec
  • Expander/Gate Release Time: Program-dependent
  • SC Ext. Switch: Routes the external sidechain input signal to the detector
  • SC Mon. Switch: Routes the sidechain signal to the output, interrupting the normal audio
  • OverEasy® Switch: Activates the OverEasy compression function
  • Countour Switch: Activates the frequency-dependent detector function
  • Auto Switch: Activates automatic program-dependent attack and release times, disabling the manual Attack and Release controls
  • I/O Meter Switch: Switches between monitoring input and output levels on the Input/Output Level meter
  • Bypass Switch: Activates the direct input-to-output hard-wire relay bypass. Relay automatically hard-wire bypasses unit at power-down and provides a power-on delay of 1.5 sec.
  • Operating Level Switch: (rear panel) Switches the nominal operating level between -10 dBV and +4 dBu simultaneoulsy for both input and output levels
  • ST Link Switch: Link both channels for stereo operation. Channel One becomes the master
  • Gain Reduction Meter: 12-segment LED bar graph at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30 dB
  • I/O Meter: 8-segment LED bar graph at -24, -18, -12, -6, 0, +6, +12, and +18 dBu
  • Compressor Threshold Meter: 3-segment LED bar graph at Below (-), OverEasy and Above (+)
  • Expander/Gate Threshold Meter: 2-segment LED bar graph at Below (-) and Above (+)
  • Limiter Threshold Meter: 1 LED to indicate PeakStopPlus™ limiting
  • Function Switches: LED indicator for each front-panel switch
  • Output Transformer Options: Jensen® JT-123-dbx or JT-11-dbx, BCI RE-123-dbx or RE-11-dbx
  • Operating Voltage: 100-120 VAC 50/60 Hz 200-240 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 20 Watts
  • Fuse: 100-120 VAC:250 mA Slow Blow, 200-240 VAC:125 mA Type T
  • Power Connector: IEC receptacle
  • Dimensions: 1.75" H x 19" W x 9" D (4.4cm x 48.3cm x 20.1cm)
  • Weight: 5.1 lbs. (2.3 kg)
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg)

dbx 1066 Compressor Includes

  • dbx 1066 Compressor
  • AC Power Cord
  • Operation Manual
  • Warranty Registration Card
  • 4 Rack Mount Screws and Washers

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