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    DBX 166XL Vs. DBX 1066

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    What are the major differences between the DBX 166XL compressor/limiter/gate and the DBX 1066 compressor/limiter/gate besides the cost and the "automatic" setting on the 1066? I have read over the specs, but because I don't know diddly squat about these types of devices (compressors, limitiers, and gates), I can't figure out what sets them apart from one another. I'm thinking about getting a 166XL (or 1066) to use as a gate for recording snare and possibly kick to reduce mic bleed during recording.

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    Tom Cram (DBX) mentioned that the compressor circuit is identical in both, but that is the only similarity as I recall......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Bear Sound
    Tom Cram (DBX) mentioned that the compressor circuit is identical in both, but that is the only similarity as I recall......
    Is gating a "standard" technique to deal with mic bleed when recording a drum kit, or is it better done after tracking with various gating plug-ins? (computer-based DAW rig) In your opinion, would the 166XL be quick enough and musical enough to be able to handle this task?

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    Actually - the odd time I use gating (mostly for Live-Off-The-Floor sessions), I have an Aphex 105 quad gate which works very well... I like the DBX166xl for tonal compression on rock guitar/vocals, but the gates are pretty coarse - not sonically - but in terms of usability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Bear Sound
    Actually - the odd time I use gating (mostly for Live-Off-The-Floor sessions), I have an Aphex 105 quad gate which works very well... I like the DBX166xl for tonal compression on rock guitar/vocals, but the gates are pretty coarse - not sonically - but in terms of usability.
    I just read over at GS that the limiter in the 1066 is much smoother and less abrasive than the limitier in the 166XL. I think for the time being I'll just work on micing technique rather than trusting a nib-nob to take care of it.

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    The limiter in the 1066 is quite a bit smoother than the 166. That and a few small extra features (key inout etc...) are the primary differences. I would avoid gating during tracking at all costs. You can never really recalim something that has been lost due to a closed gate, or even worse, a half opened gate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstatic
    TI would avoid gating during tracking at all costs. You can never really recalim something that has been lost due to a closed gate, or even worse, a half opened gate.
    Thanks mate! That's the kind of stuff I need to hear!

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