dbx DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management Processor

Loudspeaker Management Processor with 3 Analog Inputs, AES Digital Inputs, 6 Analog Outputs, Feedback Suppression, Auto EQ, Compression, and Mobile Device Control
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Smart and Powerful Loudspeaker Management

The DriveRack VENU360 brings together everything you love about dbx processors and puts it into one powerful loudspeaker management tool. With the latest advances in AFS and AutoEQ, the VENU360 joins the DriveRack line with powerful DSP that makes your setup life easier and your sound even sweeter. dbx is famous for giving engineers all of the system processing power they need from convenient crossover configurations to system EQ to presets for specific speaker cabinets that automatically set you up for sound success, and all in one piece of roadworthy gear. Tuning your PA, no matter what size, is an important step towards getting great sound in any room, use dbx's DriveRack VENU360 and get it done right.

System configuration virtually any way you like it

The VENU360 gives you three analog inputs, AES digital inputs, and six balanced, analog outputs that are designed to take signal directly from your mixer to fully support mono, stereo, LCR, and aux-fed sub systems. The balanced XLR outputs with full EQ and dynamics processing give you expanded system configuration options that include separate processing for monitor systems and making up to 6-way system operations possible. The VENU360 works great for installed systems and is compatible with Ethernet wall controllers. For portable systems - whether you're flying a line array in an arena or setting up your band at the local pub - the VENU360 makes light work of getting the show ready for downbeat. And since dbx is continually working on making their processing cleaner and better, they included a USB port for easy firmware updates.

Get the latest in dbx processing technologies

The VENU360 gives you professional-level processing power by providing essential loudspeaker tuning tools. With the latest in dbx processing including their most accurate AFS (Automatic Feedback Suppression) ever, AutoEQ and Level Assist functions with front panel RTA mic input, graphic and parametric EQs on both the inputs and outputs, compression and other dynamics processing, time delay functions, and bass-bumping subharmonic synthesis, you get all the power you'd usually find in two racks full of gear in one VENU360!

The power you need but easier than ever to use

Just because it's powerful doesn't mean the VENU360 is complicated. In fact, with its automated wizard setup utilities, getting great sound is easy whether there's a pro at the desk or a Sunday services volunteer. A large, super-bright LCD screen gives you access to a setup wizard that supports full system configuration and tuning including monitoring systems, access to loudspeaker presets, and hundreds of other audio paramaters. Like what you hear? Then save it! You'll have up to 75 user-definable presets to make switching from the Saturday night service praise and worship band to the Sunday morning choir configuration a snap. These presets are especially helpful if you rely on volunteers, because even if you run full range and mono, the VENU360 works to protect your system components while optimizing your sound. And if you're a member of a touring band, nothing makes an impression on a venue manager like a quick setup and great sound, and nothing makes it easier for you to do than the VENU360.

The convenience of wireless control

Setting up a PA is hard work. You spend the day unloading gear, getting it into position, cabling it up, getting signal through it, and now, it's time to tune - here's where the VENU360 can be your hero. Simply plug a router into the VENU360 and you'll be able to set up and operate it using dbx's app on your Mac or PC or iOS or Android device - the VENU360 gives you the flexibility to configure your PA offline and get it all done before you even step foot in the venue. When you're ready to fine tune your pre-configurations, fire up your tablet or iPad and tune while you walk the room, the VENU360 gives you a chance to tune your PA from the audience perspective and not just from the front of house position.

dbx DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management Processor Features:

  • AFS automatically identifies feedback frequencies and eliminates the problem
  • Driver alignment and zone delay functions
  • Wireless control from your Mac, PC, iOS, or Android devices
  • Classic transparent dbx compression and limiting
  • Graphic and parametric EQs for fine-tuning control
  • Auto-EQ function takes the guesswork out of tuning your PA to troublesome rooms
  • Full bandpass, crossover, and routing configurations up to 6-way operation
  • Auto gain control for easy setup
  • Subharmonic synthesis gives your bass a boost
  • Set-up wizard with speaker and amp tunings makes light work of system tuning
  • Security lockout keeps curious fingers from ruining your setup
  • Compatible with Ethernet audio wall controllers for installed sound

Tech Specs

EQ 31-band (Graphic), 12-band (Parametric)
Compressor Yes
Feedback Eliminator Yes
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number VENU360

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic value!

I just installed two of these processors in a local venue that has L/C/R flown arrays with front fills on the stage lip, under balcony delays in back and subs on the ground. The venue's 20 year old speaker DSP finally failed, the budget was tight and no time could be wasted as the venue was booked. I usually use Dolby (now Lab.gruppen) Lake processors in most systems I deploy, so I am used to high quality sound and convenience of set-up and operation using a wireless tablet. I thought I would try these new dbx VENU360 units. I am totally impressed! These not only sound better than all previous versions of DriveRack, they sound better than many of the competitors (Lake, notwithstanding). The new control app for computers and tablets works perfectly. I networked these two units to a single WiFi router and could switch between the two on my iPad. I had the whole system wired in and networked in no time and I loaded files I pre-programmed (for routing and DSP modules) using the computer control app in Virtual mode. A few hours of system calibration, time/phase aligning and tuning had the venue's sound system sounding better than ever! The staff tech director was thrilled! A comparable Lake system would have run around $5500 - this pair of dbx VENU360s streets for $1400! This is the best value and bang-for-your-buck of any speaker DSP I have ever encountered. Get it!

A vital component for my mobile mix rig

I've never used a PA processor before, and I'm a novice sound guy anyway, so I really don't have a baseline against which to compare. However, I can say this machine is fantastic. The Wizards made setup and configuration painless, and it was fairly simple to see how things were configured. When I ran the AutoEQ and the system made the sine sweeps, the band members were like, "What the heck is that?" I grinned and said, "Oh, just sound guy stuff, you wouldn't understand." They just laughed, but I could tell they were impressed that I went the extra mile to ensure good FOH sound. I bought this one primarily for the 3-input so I could use an LCR configuration if I wanted to (as my mixer has LCR capabilities). Also, it has an app that I can use on an iPad so I can check levels and crossovers anytime. However, the app (which is available for Windows, iOS, and Android) doesn't really offer a lot of features. I expected to be able to do everything from the app without having to touch the VENU360, but that is definitely not the case. But, it is just v1 after all, so I'm thinking future revisions will offer more capabilities. Oh, and one more thing: even though the manual says you can download more speaker and amplifier tunings directly from the online library within the app, this feature didn't exist at all. The VENU360 only has a handful of speaker and amplifier tunings built-in. But, again, I'm sure a later revision will add this feature. Overall, it was money WELL spent, and if you're in live sound reinforcement and serious about your band's sound, you must have one of these in your rig. One day, I'll buy a few more to use for the monitors (unless I can convince the band to buy in-ear).
Music background: Studio & Live Sound
See also: Loudspeaker Management, dbx, dbx PA Management