Scan code: LN53569 Manufacturer code: 286S

DBX 286S Channel Strip Pre-Amp

DBX 286S Microphone Pre-Amp/Channel Strip Processor Compresser/De-Esser/Limiter/Gate

Scan code: LN53569 Manufacturer code: 286S
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Product Overview The dbx® 286s is a full featured Channel Strip Processor that delivers a studio quality microphone/instrument preamplifier and four processors that can be used independently or in any combination. Why mic up vocals and instruments through a noisy, blurry mixer? The sonically pristine dbx 286s Mic Preamp has all the features you need, including wide-ranging input gain control, switchable +48V phantom power, and an 80Hz high-pass filter to remove low frequency hum, rumble or wind. Use the patented dbx OverEasy® compressor to transparently smooth out uneven acoustic tracks or deliver that classic "in your face" vocal performance that only a dbx compressor can. Eliminate vocal sibilance and high frequency distortion from instruments such as cymbals with the frequency tunable De-Esser. Fine-tune the Enhancer HF Detail control to add sparkle and crispness to your tracks and make adjustments to the LF Detail control to add fullness and depth to vocals and bass instruments while cleaning up the muddy low midrange frequencies. And, the separate threshold and ratio controls on the Expander/Gate allow you to subtly reduce headphone leakage or radically gate noisy guitar amps.

The dbx 286s offers a full compliment of metering and status LEDs to visually guide you to achieving the right sound. The floating balanced XLR Mic Input accepts balanced or unbalanced inputs to easily connect to professional and home studio microphones. The additional 1/4" TRS Line Input can accept balanced/unbalanced signals to process live electronic instruments or pre-recorded tracks at mixdown. Use the Insert jack to interface between the Mic Preamp and the signal processing sections to "loop out" to external processors (such as EQ or delay unit) or to mix the Mic Preamp's signal out to an external destination.

The cost and hassle of patching together multiple processors for use on one track can be frustrating. The dbx 286s provides you with all the mic processing you need in one box, with the shortest, cleanest signal path to keep your music sounding its best!
Features • Studio quality Mic Preamp/Channel Strip Processor
• Classic dbx Compression puts great sound within easy reach
• Frequency tunable De-Esser reduces sibilance and high frequency distortion
• Enhancer increases the detail and definition of the high and low frequencies
• Program adaptive Expander/Gate
• Insert jack allows you to add an external processor
• Full compliment of meters and status LEDs
• +48V Phantom Power
• Precision detented controls
Product Type Preamp
PC Interface N/A
Connectivity (Input)
  • 1 x 1/4" Balanced / Unbalanced (L/R)
  • 1 x XLR
Connectivity (Output) 2 x 1/4" Balanced / Unbalanced (L/R)
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Bit Rate N/A
Frequency Response (Input) N/A
Frequency Response (Output) N/A
Maximum Input Level N/A
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Package Type Retail
Additional Information
Scan Code LN53569
Model Number 286S
GTIN 691991401237

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DBX 286S Microphone Pre-Amp/Channel Strip Processor Compresser/De-Esser/Limiter/Gate is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product: Good value. As an all in one mic preamp this is perfect if you just want to record one audio input. Eg Youtube video, podcast,vocal,piano etc. Set up once and forget. More head room than you would ever need and excellent fx, especially noise supression. It will record instruments but not at the same time as the voice. Only one stereo out put but you can double it with a Y cable. Eg For what it is designed to do (NOT multitrack recording) it is very good and the price (£135) is very reasonable.
Date published: 2019-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably good for the price. I really can't fault this unit at all. My usage is for voiceover, and this accomplishes that task brilliantly. There is more gain than you'd ever need, and it's no noisier than a decent audio interface, and what noise there is the gate will remove anyway. Build quality is better than I expected, on a par with audio interfaces that cost 2-3 times the price (I know this isn't an audio interface, but I'm trying to quantify it against something you might have!). As another reviewer has mentioned, you need a light tough with the processing section. It's very heavy handed most of the time, and can degrade your signal very quickly if over-used. Again, for the price this is an absolute steal. There's nothing to touch it at anywhere near this price point. Probably worth noting that it comes with a two prong euro plug, so make sure you have a UK kettle lead or a converter!
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, great service Using a few of these as mic pre' s and compressors in a broadcast studio. Haven't found any other product in a similar price range that performs as good and as reliable as the dbx.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising features for the price A capable pre and filter. Easy to use, once you have it set up for your voice/studio. I use it for voice work and it performs well at quieter volumes. This means you don't need to constantly be adjusting the gain as you move from a quiet to loud performance. This feature alone saves lots of time in the post edit because all of your audio is normalised. As with any setting, physical or digital, don't push the settings too far and you will get some very professional results from this kit. The onboard deesser is great, but again it needs tailoring to your voice to be efficient. It might not catch everything, but if you have a sibilant voice, it's a total godsend. The Enhancer is a simple 2 band EQ/Exciter. Again, don't be too heavy handed with the settings but this will clear up a deep rich voice and even out a high pitched one too. Personally I get best results with the HF set to around 6 as I have a deep voic. This may be a little too high for most, but it adds detail that would normaly be lost in my voice. Yes a full EQ suite would be better but seeing as you would be EQing in post, you'll just save some time fixing some issues at source. Expander gate (noise reduction) As with all the settings, be gentle. Unless you work in a fully treated studio, you will always have some noise to deal with. Even if it's a slight clothing noise or poor mic etiquette. A gentle boost of these settings will help in the long term. My tip would be to keep the ratio at minimum and increase the threshold untill you start to affect the sound you want to eliminate and then raise the ratio up a couple of clicks to eliminate it. Your results may vary because every studio and performance requirement is different. Generally a very well featured mic pre. Possibly the best mic pre I have found sub £3000 studio gear.
Date published: 2015-06-01
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DBX 286S Channel Strip Pre-Amp
DBX 286S Channel Strip Pre-Amp