Hey all - I"m not sure if I'm being dumb but as the title suggests I'm having a bit of a problem with my DBX compressor. All the lights indicate that the compressor is working, as I adjust the threshold for example, but I hear no difference through the PA. It's as if I've got bypass selected, but I haven't.At first I had the master outputs from the desk going into the XLR inputs on the unit, and then into the PA from the XLR outputs. Then I tried using TRS cables and using the two channels as inserts, but the same thing happened each time.Any ideas what it could be?Thanks in advance for any help!
What model compressor? What's your ratio and attack time set at?
... are there multiple compressor models within the dbx266XL line? (He had 'DBX 266xl' in the subject line. I just don't know if you saw that, or missed it.)-Ray
Hey all - I"m not sure if I'm being dumb
My bad, I missed that in the subject line.To the OP, What is your ratio, attack, release, makeup gain, and how many db of compression are you getting? Hearing low ratios, or low levels of attenuation takes a fairly well trained ear and the changes aren't usually noticed in volume, but rather in texture.What you 'hear' is also dependent on the type of material you are putting through the compressor.
Joel,A few years ago DBX had some issues with lights and relays or cold solder joints. I had a 166xl that was funky. Harman fixed the issue at no cost, just shipping. It took about a little more than a week to get it back. Maybe it's the same thing.scott
Thanks again for the replies. Mark, I've set the compressor up like you said, and as I reduce the threshold I see the lights begin to indicate compression and continue to indicate further compression the more I lower the threshold, until the point that the they're basically solid red lights when the threshold is at its lowest. Regardless, the sound is unnafected. I do have some experience using compression (just to clarify that I know what it should sound like) and there is categorically no difference to the sound in this instance. The bypass is also definitely not engaged.So in short, I have a faulty unit on my hands? Scott, thanks for your input - does what I'm describing potentially sound like the problem you encountered?Thanks again for your replies - much appreciated...
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