Most compressors/gates provide less than musical compression, coupled with gating that swallows transients—or closes early, cutting off decay and reverb tails. The superb engineering in the 266XL ensures that both its compression and gating provide versatility and excellent sonic performance in situations where other compressors/gates typically produce undesirable processing artefacts.
AutoDynamic™ Attack and Release controls
When using the 266XL’s AutoDynamic™ Attack and Release controls, artists and engineers will find that the centre settings deliver classic dbx compression, while the full control range produces voicings that extend from slow “levelling” to aggressive “peak” limiting.
The Auto Dynamic™ circuitry continuously adjusts the actual attack and release times to optimally match the program material. Since users aren’t restricted to using the Attack and Release controls only in “peak” operation, they can tailor the response of the 266XL for individual tracks, mixed program material, special effects or system protection. As a result, production studios can use the versatile 266XL to replace multiple “single-purpose” limiters while sound reinforcement users can standardize on the 266XL for all of their applications.
The Dbx 266 XL Compressors is advanced gate circuitry that uses a completely new, program-dependent timing algorithm to produce ultra-smooth release characteristics—even with complex signals, such as voice or reverb decays. dbx engineers went on to take advantage of the wide dynamic range and high precision of the dbx® VCA to design in an extra-wide threshold range and ensure top gating performance for each application.
precision LED displays
Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup, while the 266XL’s intuitive operation lets users easily smooth uneven levels add sustain to guitars, squash drums or tighten up mixes.
Compatibility between channels
In Stereo couple mode, the Channel 1 controls become Master controls, and Channel 2 follows precisely to ensure a rock solid stereo image—even with high amounts of compression. Professionals and newcomers will find that the 266XL sets up rapidly and musically the first time it is used, and every time thereafter.
true dbx audio performance and reliability
The dbx® Dbx 266 XL Compressors are the result of an intensive engineering and product development effort aimed at taking advantage of the latest and best advances in manufacturing technology to deliver true dbx audio performance and reliability to our customers at the lowest possible cost. The 266XL puts a completely new level of compressor/gate performance within everyone’s reach.
Recommended for: Portable, Tour, Studio.
Goof proof operation to smooth uneven levels, add sustain to guitars, fatten drums or tighten up mixes
New gate timing algorithms ensure the smoothest release characteristics
Great sounding dynamics control for any type of program material
Separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, compression threshold and gate threshold allow quick, accurate setup
Stereo or dual-mode operation
Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4″ TRS and XLR
Side Chain insert
Classic dbx® “Auto” mode
|1/4″ TRS and XLR, Floating Balanced; XLR: Pin 2 hot Phone: Tip Hot HI
|>40dB (Any Frequency)
|1/4″ TRS Phone, Normalled: Ring = Output (send); tip = Input (return)
|Sidechain Output Impedance
|Sidechain Max Input Level
|1/4″ TRS phone and XLR floating balanced, XLR: Pin 2 and Tip Hi
|200Ω balanced, 100Ω unbalanced
|+21dBu into 600Ω
|Flat: 20Hz-20kHz, +0, -0.5dB
|Typically <0.2%; Any Amount of Compression @1kHz
|Typically <0.2% SMPTE
|Compressor Threshold Range
|-40dBu to +20dBu
|Compressor Threshold Characteristic
|Selectable OverEasy® or hard knee
|1:1 to Infinity:1
|Compressor Attack Time
|Compressor Release Time
|Expander/Gate Threshold Range
|-60 to +10dB
|1:1 to 4:1
|Expander/Gate Max Depth
|Expander/Gate Attack Time
|Expander/Gate Release Time
|Adjustable, 30ms to 3sec (to 30dB attenuation)
|Limiter Threshold Range
|0dBu to +20dBu
|Gain Adjustment Range
|Variable; -20dB to +20dB
|<-93dB @ 1kHz
|>114 dB, unweighted
|True RMS Power Summing™
|15 Watts Maximum
|1.75″ x 19″ x 6.75″ (4.45 cm x 48.2 cm x 17.15 cm)
|5 lbs (2.3 kg)
|7 lbs (3.2 kg)
|0dBu = 0.775Vrms