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    OK so I have heard good things and bad things about the Tascam DBX units. Currently I have 2 units (a 4 channel and 2 8 channel) and I like to tinker.

    So what do you think of them? What is their problem? How do they sound - whats good and whats bad.

    I'm thinking to do a few side by side tests....

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    Quote Originally Posted by evm1024 View Post
    OK so I have heard good things and bad things about the Tascam DBX units. Currently I have 2 units (a 4 channel and 2 8 channel) and I like to tinker.

    So what do you think of them? What is their problem? How do they sound - whats good and whats bad.

    I'm thinking to do a few side by side tests....

    -Ethan
    Which units do you have and what machine(s) are you using them with?
    Rick Ruskin
    Lion Dog Music - Seattle WA
    http://liondogmusic.com

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    Its a more general guestion on peoples experiences

    I have 2 DX8ds and one DX4d THe DX4d would be used on the typical br-20,32,34,38 and the DX8ds on an MS16.

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    I use the ones on my ms16 with great results. It is the 15ips version. Is there a way to post some tunes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evm1024 View Post
    I have 2 DX8ds and one DX4d THe DX4d would be used on the typical br-20,32,34,38 and the DX8ds on an MS16.

    -E
    As far as audio goes, the only difference between these is the number of channels. Both are type I encoder/decoders and are compatible with each other and any other type I units regardless of origin.

    What "bad" things have you heard?
    Rick Ruskin
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    Just a few comments

    From Jim Williams and others. Usually it is about stomping on freq response or dynamics.

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    Jack Endino has some pretty harsh words for the dbx on the ATR-60 here:
    http://www.endino.com/graphs/
    "This machine came with DBX noise reduction built-in. God help you if you used it... it kills the noise, but exaggerates these curves dramatically. (Signal is compressed by the DBX before going to tape... then played back off tape with these curves superimposed on it... then expanded by the DBX.)"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethyrvalve View Post
    Jack Endino has some pretty harsh words for the dbx on the ATR-60 here:
    http://www.endino.com/graphs/
    "This machine came with DBX noise reduction built-in. God help you if you used it... it kills the noise, but exaggerates these curves dramatically. (Signal is compressed by the DBX before going to tape... then played back off tape with these curves superimposed on it... then expanded by the DBX.)"
    This is one of the other ones that I was thinking about.... Thanks
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    People that bitch about DBX fall into two groups usually: Those that learned to record in the post-analog era, and therefore have next to no experience with them, and those that are/were too damned stuck in their ways to learn the differences in technique necessary when using DBX - for instance if you are recording a classical guitar you are better off turning the DBX off. Since thousands and thousands of records recorded in the 1970s and 1980s used DBX effectively, it is clear that it works just fine - when properly employed.


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    AK,

    Very well-stated.

    Do you or anybody know of good n/r primers? I'm coming from the digital arena and I want to avoid falling into the all one or the other camp with n/r but learn how to use it effectively, and when not to use it...

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