Video Tutorial – Using the Waves DBX 160 Compressor Limiter

a screenshot of the waves dbx compressor limiter in logic pro x

In part three of this series of Waves video tutorials, Eli Krantzberg continues covering four of his favorite Waves compressors and shows you real-world examples of the plugins in action. Featured in this video: the Waves DBX 160 Compressor Limiter, an audio industry standard in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s.

Using the Waves DBX 160 Compressor

The DBX 160 has a unique envelope following attack and release algorithm that tracks transients in just the right way to get a super crisp and sharp sounding attack on percussive sounds. Blending in a subtle amount via its built-in mix knob allows for a unique punch, or smack, to be added to the initial attack; for a very percussive, almost rhythmic, style of compression.


Watch how the DBX 160 allows for dialling in some sharp punch and attack with the signal’s normal transients, for a crisp and tight compression colour:


The Waves DBX 160, considered one of the best drum compressors ever made, is currently on sale for $59 (regular $129). The software version has features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix controls for parallel processing, and a stereo version.

For more information, videos, user reviews or a demo, visit DBX 160 at the Waves website.

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Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is an internationally known author and music software trainer for Groove3. His instructional videos have helped demystify music software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sonar, BFD, Melodyne, and Kontakt for thousands of users all over the world. Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition.
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