dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter
At Winter NAMM 2015, Harman’s dbx introduced its 500 Series processors, comprising five half-rackspace recording studio signal processors. The new 500 Series models include the 560A Compressor/Limiter ($399), 530 Parametric EQ ($399), 580 Mic Pre ($499), 520 De-Esser ($299) and 510 Sub Harmonic Synth ($299). dbx states that the 560A will be the first product in this series to ship, becoming available in April 2015, with the other models to follow.
The dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter provides flexible control of dynamics including threshold, compression ratio and output gain. It offers selectable classic hard-knee compression or exclusive OverEasy mode incorporating dbx’s highly musical program-dependent attack and release times. The compression ratio is variable from 1:1 through infinity:1 to -1:1 and the 560A also has an Infinity+ compression mode using negative ratios. The 560A’s ladder-style LED RMS gain-reduction and input/output meter displays with true RMS level detection are offered as adjustment controls.
Based on the dbx 905, the dbx 530 Parametric EQ is a 3-band parametric equalizer with selectable bell or shelf-type filters on the low- and high-frequency bands, and adjustable Q on each band. The dbx 530 allows adjustment of level and bandwidth at frequencies that dbx chose for maximum musical effectiveness.
The dbx 580 Mic Pre is designed to deliver pristine audio quality with exceptional clarity, nuance and presence. Its custom-designed, premium ultra-low-noise mic preamp circuitry provides up to 60dB of gain and can accommodate mic or line-level signals. Controls for Gain, Low Cut, High Detail, Low Detail and Polarity Invert allow precise sonic tailoring and the large analog VU meter combines old school visual appeal with accurate level indication.
The dbx 520 De-Esser takes its heritage from the dbx 902. The 520 has a frequency control range from 800z to 8k Hz and provides de-essing ranging from 0 to 20 dB. Its gain reduction metering provides at-a-glance indication of the amount of de-essing applied.
The dbx 510 Sub Harmonic Synth is designed to enhance any recording with deep, powerful bass an octave lower than the original signal. The 510 includes a low-frequency boost, subharmonic level and frequency range controls.