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dbx 162SL - Stereo/Dual Channel Compressor/Limiter with AutoVelocity

B&H # DB162SL MFR # 162SL
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The 162SL is a two channel compressor/limiter that combines the best features of all the great dbx compressors, while providing still more versatile performance. In addition to having the auto attack and release and the hard knee threshold characteristics of the dbx 160, the 162SL offers AutoVelocity manual mode in addition to the classic OverEasy mode.

The heart of any dynamics processor is its VCA. The 162SL features dual proprietary dbx VCA modules, an implementation of dbx's original Blackmer decilinear VCA that boasts stellar dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. With sonic clarity designed for the studio, the unit maintains its superior performance in harsh environments, such as on the road.

The 162SL takes full advantage of the best parts available and dbx's advanced manufacturing, including Jensen transformers on each output standard. The front panel is machined from 1/4" aircraft aluminum and the unit sports handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators and a heavy gauge chassis.

Ultra-low distortion dual channel compression with superb clarity even under extreme gain reduction
Super fast manual attack and release
Program-dependent "Auto," AutoVelocity Manual, or fully variable attack and release modes
Hard-knee/OverEasy switchable
Sidechain capabilities, switchable from the front panel
High-Drive Jensen output transformers
Gold-palladium-nickel board-to-board connectors
Rare earth magnet relays with gold contacts in a hermetically sealed nitrogen environment
Custom-machined, 1/4" thick front panel with hand-crafted, solid aluminum knobs
Custom dbx VU meters with peak indicators
Function Compressor/limiter
Number of Channels 2
Inputs 2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TRS phone
2 x 1/4" TRS Insert Return
Outputs 2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TRS phone
2 x 1/4" TRS Insert Send
Maximum Input Level >+24dBu balanced and unbalanced
Compression Threshold -40 to +20dBu
Compression Ratio 1:1 to infinity:1
Attack Time Manual: Scalable program-dependent, typically 400dB/msec to 1dB/msec
Auto: Program dependent, typically 15 ms for 10dB, 5 ms for 20dB, 3 ms for 30dB
Release Time Manual: Scalable program-dependent, typically 400dB/msec to 10dB/msec
Auto: Program dependent, typically 120dB/sec.
Gate Threshold Not applicable
Gate Rate Not applicable
Maximum Output Level >+24dBu, >+22dBm (into 600Ω load)
Make-up Gain -20 to +20dB
Frequency Response <2Hz to >200kHz +0/-3.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
Dynamic Range >117dB
Noise <-93dBu, unweighted, 20Hz to 20kHz measurement bandwidth
Dimensions (WxDxH) 19" x 10" x 3 1/2"
Weight 11.2 lbs
Specialties PeakStopPlus two-stage limiter
dbx 162SL - Stereo/Dual Channel Compressor/Limiter with AutoVelocity
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