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dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter VST Plugin by Waves

Waves DBX-160 Compressor Plugin

Waves officially releases the dbx 160, a new compressor / limiter VST plugin. dbx 160 emulates one of the most popular compressor/limiter ever, especially for drums. Developed in association with dbx, dbx® 160 compressor plugin features meticulous modeling of the original and is suitable for both live and studio use.

Also the Waves dbx® 160 plugin incorporates unique and exclusive features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component.

Val Garay, the legendary producer/engineer, responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 1970s and 1980s, one of the “L.A. Sound” parents, was among the first who used the original dbx® 160 compressor.

Val GarayThe very first album I used it on was Linda Ronstadt’s Hasten Down the Wind, which went on to win a Grammy.

From 1975 to 1980, while at the Sound Factory, I used the dbx® 160 to mix nine number-one singles—hits by Ronstadt, Taylor, and also Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne, Seals & Croft, Elton John, The Four Seasons, Andrew Gold, J. D. Souther, Donald Byrd & The Blackbyrds, Mr. Big… the list goes on.

Says Val Garay / Producer, Engineer (Barn Studio in Topanga, California) – Waves Interview


  • Created in collaboration with dbx®
  • Meticulous modeling of the original dbx® 160 compressor
  • Designed for both studio and live useMS matrix
  • Mix & noise controlsStereo component

Waves dbx 160 is available at Plugin Boutique, the biggest online market for plugins, for an introductory price of $99 (regular $150).

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