dbx 1066

Dual-channel Compressor/Limiter/Gate
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A Leader in Professional, Flexible Processing!

Many of your audio experts at Sweetwater think the 1066 is one of the finest units ever to come out of dbx - and considering the status dbx holds in audio processing, that's really saying something. A dual-channel compressor/limiter/gate driven by the dbx V2 VCA. Each channel features program-dependant attack and release or user-definable attack and release, giving you the ultimate in processing flexibility. You can fatten your drums, smooth out your mic and instrument levels, gate sounds with long decay, prevent analog tape saturation and much more! It features classic dbx OverEasy & reg; and hard-knee compression. A rack-mount unit, the 1066 weighs less than six pounds and takes up one rack space. It allows for stereo or independant two-channel operation.

If you like what you see in the 1066, you should also check out the 1046 Compressor.

dbx 1066 features:
  • Selectable auto (classic dbx) or manual (variable Attack and Release) compression
  • Contour switch removes unwanted low frequency information from detector circuit
  • Selectable OverEasy or Hard Knee compression modes
  • PeakStopPlus limiting for setting maximum allowable level with distortion
  • SC Ext and SC Mon for setting up and monitoring external devices for gating function
  • True differentially balanced gold-plated XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs
  • True RMS level detection
  • Precision metering of input level, output level, and gain reduction
  • True stereo or dual mono operation
  • Switchable +4dBu or -10dBV operation per channel

Additional Media

1066 Spec Sheet
1066 User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type VCA
Number of Channels 2
Controls Gate: Threshold, Ratio; Compressor: Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Output Gain; Limiter: Peak Stop Plus
Threshold -40 dB to 20 dB
Ratio 1:1 to Inf.
Frequency Response 0.35Hz-95kHz
Side Chain Inserts Yes
Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Sidechain I/O 2 x 1/4" (Send), 2 x 1/4" (Return)
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 9"
Width 19"
Weight 7.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DBX1066V

Customer Reviews

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Best Affordable Rack Compressor

If you don't want to spend $800+ dollars on a compressor, this unit is by far the best out there. I use to run sound at a couple bars/clubs and the place owned a couple dbx166s and some behringer and BBE comps. I bought the 1066 for my personal rig and whenever I brought my rack to gigs the difference was blatenly obvious. The distortion at higher GR is seldom noticeable. It sounded better for vocals, keys, and guitar than it did for bass and kick, although it worked well for snares and toms. I use this compressor a ton for live tracking in the studio on guitar mostly, but also on vocals, keys and some drums. It has a very modern sound to it, so if you're an vintage/analog buff, probably not the best choice for you. The sidechain works well for hard ducking and takes well to sidechained EQ. I have used the 1066 for vocals just for the sidechain EQ with spectacular results. DBX stuff is built to last, so I've been rockin this thing for over 4 years now and it still looks/sounds brand new. I've also used the 1046 which has the same internal components, but 4 channels, which is sweet if you're doing live engineering, but keep in mind that it doesn't meter the same, and I guess it was/is a common problem for those 1046 meters to fail. Doesn't impact the sound, but makes you rely on your ears, which in a loud crowded bar can be not ideal to say the least. So I'd recommend 2 1066s over a 1046 any day. If you're filthy rich get an API or a real tube compressor, but if you're on a budget the 1066 is probably the best option. Last thing, I used this in my guitar rack live and it sounded better than EVERY compression pedal out there, Keeley, MXR, you name it.
Music background: Producer, Performer, Former Engineer

Great Features, but some a technical glitch...

I use these for mic processing. I have had 2 of these -- a 1999 and a 2010. When the first one was going on 10yrs old (I shouldn't complain), in mono mode, the Channel One final output became erratic. All of a sudden the level would jump about 3 dB. Switching the unit to Stereo/Coupled mode fixed the symptom. I kept it for a backup and bought the new 1066. After only 1 year, the first 2 or 3 Input Meter LED's on Ch 1started staying on all the time and Channel 1 started that erratic level symptom! But now, Stereo/Couple doesn't fix the problem. When Channel 2 goes, I'll switch brands. Too bad- it's a well laid out unit and otherwise great for mic's.
Music background: Commercial broadcast audio producer, voice talent
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