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!

Additional Media

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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

Customer Reviews

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Music background: SingerSongwriter


Such a good compressor and for the price your an idiot for not buying one! I'm getting ready to Oder a 2nd one so I can have a stereo pair
Music background: Professional Audio Engineer

No Brainer

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

Perfect addition to the 500 Series

The 560A performs identical to the 160A in my rack. Perfect 500 Series compressor. While recording with compression is generally considered taboo, I always use a VCA compressor to just control the peak levels. The DBX160 has always been my choice for this application since the early 80s. Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Drums, they can all be candidates for a slight peak leveling. I just touch the GR slightly with OverEasy turned on and 2:1 to 4:1 compression. Very clean, which is what you want for input leveling. The meters are accurate which helps maintain proper gain staging. I purchased 2 from Wayne who never steers me wrong.If you are looking for color, this is not the compressor for you. If you need level control it is perfect.
Music background: Engineer, Producer, Musician

As Advertised

It's supposed to be a 500-format 160a, and it is. Sounds the same, behaves the same. Only tiny quibble is with the metering LED's -- they're a lot brighter than the ones in the rackmount models and a little annoying. Gave it 5 stars anyway.
Music background: Pro engineer and musician
See also: 500 Series Compressors, dbx, dbx 500 Series Dynamics