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  • 4 of 4 found this helpful.
    Great Unit

    by L. Damian Guell . 5 out of 5 stars

    After living with it, alongside my only surviving hardware version of it, I pulled my old friend from the rack it lived in and retired it, The plug in version sounds and behaves just like it.
    I tested it by duplicating a track, inserted the 160 hardware into one, the software 160 into the other, got the sound I wanted in the hardware 160,
    Without listening, replicated all the knob positions in the plug in, and started switching from one to the other. it was 99% the same, the hardware 160 was a little louder (about 2 dbs) once the levels were matched I demoed them to a client whom I know has good ears, he could not tell them apart, then I had him switch channels for me, I could not tell them apart. Enough said.


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    Go to

    by C. Delaney . 5 out of 5 stars

    I've only used it on vocals and its GREAT on transients.. It just works man...Put a Fairchild on top of it and see what happens.. Well, I love what happens.


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    dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter Plug-In

    by T. KARIM . 4 out of 5 stars

    I'm Happy with this great comp you can use it for drums or Vocal just a little problem some times with attack (Click) but you can fix it with Spl Transient design .


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    Loop Master

    by K. Markle . 4 out of 5 stars

    After demoing this on a bunch of loops, it felt like the best solution to really pump up drum loops for use in EDM production.


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    The best bass and drums compressor by far

    by L. Diaz . 5 out of 5 stars

    I used this compressor on a side chain buss on my drums  and  the same on my bass on a side chain to make everything more punchy. This is the best compressor by far, it's giving me the sound that no other compressor can do 


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    finally-

    by S. Johnson . 5 out of 5 stars

    after years of regret for having sold my hardware version of this old box, i was excited to hear that it was being modeled by UAD... i use this thing all the time on bass and drums. takes me back every time i instantiate it! thanks, UAD, for being so faithful to the sound of the original!


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    Phenomenal !

    by V. Kuzeva . 5 out of 5 stars

    This is the best software compressor of its type ever created ! The punch of this one is fantastic ! With this tool no more lack of punch ! Essential tool in our arsenal ! Universal Audio are the kings of processors for real punch !


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    by G. Davarinos . 5 out of 5 stars

    i used to work my ears around two original dbx 160's and this plug surely brings back those memories. sounds so good!


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    by S. Sorensen . 5 out of 5 stars

    I was fully ready to be disappointed.

    But wait a minute . . .

    Wow. It sounds just like I remember it.

    This is the first time I've heard a plug-in sound this smooth and transparent (especially on vocals) ever.

    I'd been meaning to buy the actual analog unit - but not really a need now.

    I'll be using it all the time.

    Great job UA.


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    by A. Charles . 5 out of 5 stars

    Probably the most underated software compressor in the UAD range or native even. The most versital capable of the most extremes as well. I can't say enough good things about it.


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    by N. Zervos . 5 out of 5 stars

    Only 3 knobs but so powerful thats for sure. Great for creating new grooves from lifless phrases....


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    by H. Yousefi Pak . 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!!

    Original dbx-160 sound!
    I have try the hardware and i say that plug have the same sound.
    I often use the brauerizeâ„¢ technique and the dbx are perfect for my VCA-Bus.

    I can only say buy buy buy buy.


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    Респект, UA!

    by M. Kokarev . 5 out of 5 stars

    ???????? ?????? ?????, ???????????? ????? - ?????????????, ??? ????????? ???? ? ????????, ???????? ?????? ?????????????. ??????, ????? ??????? ?????, ???????????? ??? ??????? ?????????? (? ??????? ?? ????????? 1176LN), ? ??????????? ????. ??????? ????????? ??? ???? ? ???????. ?????????????? ????? - ?????? ???????? ?????????? ? ????? ????????.
    ???????, UA!


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    A prefect tool

    by P. Larose . 5 out of 5 stars

    It sounds just like the original one , so simple and efficient.
    I just use it on every work and love it .


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    Must have plugin...

    by J. Carmo . 5 out of 5 stars

    Once i demo this plug, i fall in love and buy it. I use it when tracking
    and mixing. It sounds like the hardware....Great job UAD, the
    only thing that can be better is the size of the plugin...double size
    was was bether


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    dbx 160

    by L. McDaniels . 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST COMPRESSOR EVER I USE IT ON ALMOST EVERYTHING...Thank YOU U.A.


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    Good but very 'solid state' sounding

    by G. Piazza . 4 out of 5 stars

    I avoided this one for a long time, feeling that I can get similar results with the Voxengo Crunchessor or Sonnox Dynamics. Both are warmer; the dbx has a thin 'solid-state' sound, much like the old 166 I have.
    Still, that is a unique palette, so I finally got it on sale.
    Nice transient pop and good for parallel compression.
    If you are trying to decide between it and the API Vision, the API is the hands down winner (the Neve is also great). If you have the scratch and love the dbx sound, get it.
    I never set the ratio higher than 2.5:1.


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    UA does it again!

    by M. Bramley . 5 out of 5 stars

    I remember this little compressor from the good old days! I have used the hardware unit many times on vocals,bass and sometimes on drums.
    Again, what makes these units classic is it produces a different sound that just sounds 'right' like it was always meant to be!
    and the sound? Unmistakably transistor but smooth all the way. The top end is silky smooth even when driven hard, but it also does something to the bass…..if you have a Fender Precision bass and you've put a BADAS bridge on….then you have to have this compressor! It will make the sustain go on forever whilst extending the low end but keeping all the character of the original sound.
    This is definitely not another box with knobs on! Buy it now!


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    The dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter is a emulation of the dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter

    by B. Frei . 5 out of 5 stars

    The dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter is a fully licensed and faithful emulation of the legendary dbx 160 hardware compressor/limiter — still widely considered the best VCA compressor ever made. “VU” is the common nickname for this highly regarded studio staple, famous for its simple control set and firm, distinct compression characteristics. The dbx 160 also has unique nonlinearities not found in other VCA compressors, giving it a sonic distinction from later models. The dbx-endorsed UAD Powered Plug-In version of the VCA VU captures all of the sonic nuances from our “golden” modeling unit, plus the simple control set of the original hardware.


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    Make it snappy

    by C. Berglund . 5 out of 5 stars

    Hi guys, just starting this plugin up makes everything really tight sounding and snappy..
    If you need your drums to sound more punchy and more aggressive use this plugin.
    I makes everything sound just as the hardware version.. totally awesome.

    Works great on clean guitar and bas as well.. this is a great all rounder.

    All the best

    Chris aka Dropfill


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