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  • DBX Subharmonic Synthesizer

    Anyone ever use one with V-Drums? I have one, and didn't even consider until recently trying it out in my live rig. My concern is that it will produce WAY too much low end for the average club PA to handle, both in terms of dB and frequencies. I know that levels can be adjusted to keep from overloading the PA, but will this negate the benefit of using this unit? Just wanting to weigh pros and cons. I don't really have the luxury at the moment of trying it out on a club PA and tweaking it; all of my gigs lately are of the one-night variety with a minimal sound check and quick setup and teardown.

    Anyone have any hands-on experience with this unit when coupled w/electronic drums?

    Thanks,

    -Danny
    -Danny

    Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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    It's worth getting it; just lay of it in smaller venues if it seems to be too much. It seems like DBX is getting into the sonic maximizer market with the 120A release, I have not used my self but if itís built like most DBX products, it should give the BBE some competition (as well as other sonic maximizers).

    How much is it?

    DBX will have to keep the price competitive if they want to make notch in the market.


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    • #3
      Actually, I've had the thing for years. I think (relying on my not-so-good memory) that is a DBX 120X-DS or something like that. Bought it for home stereo use, and it has RCA ins/outs. I could patch it into the effects loop of the Mackie 1604 I'm using live, but I'm kinda wondering if it isn't just overkill. I already get a pretty hefty kick sound, but I was curious as to whether anyone has already tried it out with E-drums. DBX makes some damned fine equipment, in my humble opinion. Their compressors and tube preamps are pretty good values for the money.

      Someday, I'm going to hunt down a DBX 3BX Dynamic Range Expander for my home stereo, too. I didn't get one before they withdrew from the home audio market, and always regretted it. Quite a punchy little piece of gear. 3-band compressor/expander, which also came in 1- and 5-band models.

      Anyway, thanks for the reply, szvook. I might just have to try it out "just because."

      -Danny
      -Danny

      Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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