dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter

500 Series Compressor/Limiter with Program-dependent Attack/Release Times, Switchable Hard Knee/OverEasy Compression Modes, and Comprehensive Metering
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One of the Most-used Compressors Ever

The original dbx 160A is a compressor standard in studios around the world, and now you can pack that same powerful dynamics control into your 500 series rack with the dbx 560A compressor/limiter module. Engineers at Sweetwater have long respected the 160A's ability to tame audio peaks and solidify tracks with precision and transparency. From subtle smoothing to extreme brickwall limiting, the 560A does it all and sounds great doing it. When you need a dynamics processor you can turn to in any tracking, mixing, or live sound situation, check out the dbx 560A compressor/limiter 500 series module.

dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter 500 Series Module at a Glance:
  • Two compression modes cover drums, vocals, strings, piano, guitars, and more
  • Program-dependent attack and release times that you can trust
  • Beyond-infinity compression ratios protect against extreme peaks
Two compression modes cover drums, vocals, strings, piano, guitars, and more

One reason engineers love the original 160A compressor and this 560A module is the OverEasy compression mode, which enables smoother-sounding compression that sounds more transparent and natural on certain dynamic sources like vocals and woodwinds. Disengage it to return to the classic hard-knee compression, perfect for taming more transient sources like drums, acoustic guitar and piano.

Program-dependent attack and release times that you can trust

Many of us at Sweetwater prefer to dial in our own attack and release times, but when it comes to dbx compressors, we know we can trust them to get the job done right. The 560A module has the same program-dependent attack and release times that made the original 160A such a trusted compressor/limiter for live sound, broadcast, and studio tracking. From fast drum fills to wildly varying sounds like brass and vocals, the 560A will maintain optimum attack and release times with the utmost transparency.

Beyond-infinity compression ratios protect against extreme peaks

When you have extremely unstable signal levels, such as a live sound situation with a less-than-masterful singer, the dbx 560A's "Infinity +" inverse-compression ratios are ready to save the show. Basically, when you turn up the ratio knob past infinity, the 560A will actually begin ducking the output level if the signal exceeds the threshold, allowing dynamics control unlike other compressors - the hotter the input, the softer the output.

dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter 500 Series Module Features:
  • 500 series dynamics module based on the dbx 160A compressor/limiter
  • OverEasy and classic hard knee compression modes for exceptional flexibility with different sources
  • Program-dependent attack and release settings ensure transparent operation plus convenience
  • Infinity + inverse-compression ratios prevent unexpected loud sounds from upsetting your mix
  • Clear metering for input, output, and gain reduction levels
Add amazing dynamics control to your 500 series rack with the dbx 560A!

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500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 1
Controls Threshold, Ratio
Threshold -30dB to 20dB
Ratio 1:1 to infinity: 1, to -1:1
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Height 5.25"
Depth 6"
Width 1.5"
Weight 1.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DBX560A

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No Brainer

A Novice or a pro can use these.I own a pair vintage 160VU and these hold there own


Sold a pair of Lindell 7x500's for these and I'm very happy with the switch. Much more punch and control from these. Used them in the typical places first (kick, snare, bass) and it sounded great. Then I tried them on my mixbuss! I wouldn't use it on every track, but it works, and it's a really cool flavor to have! I got the 199 for a pair deal and it's a freakin steal. You won't ever regret having a dbx 560 around!

Great Comps

Picked up a paid and they're perfect for kick and snare. 3-4 dbs of compression at 4/1 on the way in and I have finished kick and snare tracks that don't need any further processing or plugins--a first for me in about 10 years. Sounds very cool on "stun" mode on overheads too. Gives cymbals a unique swing to them--similar to an SSL Bus Comp, but a little different. Overall, very smooth high frequencies, fairly transparent, but a ton more character than a plugin.
Music background: Drummer, Producer, Mixer

DBX 560a

The price for 2 is a no brainer, great on kick and sometimes snare.
Music background: Recording studio

Great addition to any setup!

I have a few outboard compressors- use them a lot and am a sucker for vintage gear. But these little dbx just made me smile like a little kid opening up a new box of Legos. I strongly recommend you using them on sources that they 'shouldn't' be used on. If you don't overdo it, something new or at least inspiring might happen!
See also: 500 Series Compressors, dbx, dbx 500 Series Dynamics