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dbx has long been known as a leader in signal processing technology, and compressors and mic preamps have always been a strong part of that reputation. In keeping with that tradition, dbx shows a new entry into the "Silver Series" lineup with the 576 Vacuum Tube Preamp/Compressor.
The 576 offers an extremely extensive list of amenities, including custom-designed analog VU meters that monitor tube level, insert path (or gain reduction, in the case of the compressor) or output levels. The preamp is equipped with +48V Phantom Power, a 20dB pad, phase invert and low cut filter. The compressor side has full sidechain functionality, including sidechain monitor, and dbx's unique Contour function, which allows low frequency material to pass through the threshold without triggering unmusical compression effects. Also included are the dbx OverEasy(R) threshold characteristics, and Auto attack and release. Line/instrument and mic inputs make the 576 versatile enough to use with virtually any source device. Added to this already impressive list of standard features are many notable extras, such as a three-band EQ with sweepable mid and selectable mid Q (with EQ hardwire bypass) on the preamp, available insert loop, the ability to send the preamp signal directly to the compressor and the new patent-pending PeakPIusTM
Hand-selected premium 12AU7 vacuum tubes are chosen for triode gain matching, distortion, microphonics and drive characteristics. And with the optional dbx TYPE IVTM
Conversion System output, the essence of tube processing can be directly translated into the digital world without leaving the box. The digital output offers the ability to communicate in either AES/EBU or S/PDIF at 16-, 20-, or 24-bit word lengths. Furthermore, TYPE IVTM
offers the ability to select noise shape algorithms and dither types that best suit the user's music and medium. The 576 has all the rear panel versatility and connectivity that make it easy to set up and patch into any system. Gold-plated Neutrik(R) connectors for the audio ins and outs ensure solid connections and pristine sound every time. Separate 1/4" connectors for the insert sends and returns, as well as +4/-10 operating level switching, make it a snap to use.
Behind the dbx 576's stunning 2U brushed-silver aluminum face is an all-metal chassis that is incredibly rugged and durable, while two solid handles on the front panel are offered for easy lifting and rack installation.
Suggested U.S. retail price on the dbx 576 is $999.95.
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