dbx 286sItem ID: 286S
1-channel Channel Strip with Compressor, Expander/Gate, De-esser, and Enhancer Sections
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This Channel Strip Packs Serious Bang for the Buck!Looking for a fast way to get a great vocal sound? Check out the dbx 286s channel strip. Equally at home in the studio as it is in your live rig, the 286s channel strip puts four powerful vocal processing tools at your disposal. First and foremost, the 286s is an excellent microphone preamplifier, which features a +48V phantom power, an 80Hz highpass filter, and a wide range of gain control. Next, there's the 286s's compression section, which sports dbx's classic OverEasy soft knee function to smooth out vocals without robbing them of their natural expressiveness. Remove unwanted sibilance with the 286s's de-esser section - a must-have processor for live vocals and a great tool for taming harsh-sounding cymbals. You can also add low-end resonance and high-end sparkle with the 286s's enhancer section. Finally, there's the expander/gate section, which helps bring down stray noise and reduce ambient stage volume. The 286s also features an external "loop out" insert path, so you can patch in an EQ or other processor as well. That makes the dbx 286s a perfect fit in any kind of rig!
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Live and in the studio, the dbx 286s channel strip is a fast way you get the sound you want!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
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by Ezzard C. King from Monticello, MN United StatesHi to all that read's this. Didin't really know much about purchasing hardware at all, but the Sweetwater staff helped make my selection much easier. Above & beyond the service you usually get from a... read more [+] company. Was really surprised at how they go that extra mile to make sure your purchase is something you'll enjoy. Sweetwater ROCKS & i would definitely recommend them as a solid place to do business with. So if you ever need any gear, or have any questions about gear, Sweetwater is the place is definitely the place for you. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK SWEETWATER STAFF. close [-]
April 20, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
Great for Broadcast!
by Dave Obergoenner from MissouriOver the years, I've probably installed more than 60 dbx 286 series mic processors. They are priced well, and perform great for broadcast and voice-over use. You can go from very light processing, t... read more [+]o very heavy processing. The way the EQ works is also unique. I've recently been installing the S version of this processor. In some cases in the same studios along side the earlier versions. I really can't hear any difference between the two. The gate may work slightly better on the S version, but that might just be my imagination. I've also used the 286 as a bass guitar processor, and was very happy with the results. close [-]
March 9, 2012
Music Background: Broadcast Engineer and Bass Player
by Mark G. from Hays, KSOne of the best all-around tools in my audio tool-box. I have at least 20 of them, Use them for on-air mics in the radio station, live sound, and a few specialized compressor applications.
February 8, 2012
Music Background: FOH Enginer, Radio engineer
The line level utput is not balanced
by Mike Brydalski from Buffalo, New YorkIf you want to use the output to dive a wire that is longer than 15 fett, understand that the output is not balanced.
April 2, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer / Broadcst Technician
Use the tip and ring to see if you get audio then try tip to sleeve then r... read more [+]ing to sleeve and you will see what I mean.
Beyond that the compression setting are confusing to me.
I am used to the old wood paneled DBX160/161 which I have used since the late 1970's so I know what a compressor is and does.
This 286 should have used the compression section fron the 166 or 266. The de-esser is adaquate. The enhancer could have been an EQ section. I dont want or need the gate. Lo cut should be frequency selectable. Price doesn't dictate good ideas. close [-]
Robert, Chester, VA
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