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.