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NAMM 2015: New DBX-160 Compressor Plugin by Waves

Waves DBX-160 Compressor Plugin

Waves has announced the DBX-160 compressor plugin at NAMM 2015. The original dbx® 160 is considered one of the best drum compressors ever. This compressor stands tall among its peers, boasting a very clean sound with minimum THD. The fast-acting dbx 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s, and later models in the 160 series also became industry standards.

Developed in closely collaboration with Harman, owner of DBX, Waves DBX-160 was geared from the ground up to copy the tone and behavior of the original units authentically.

In addition to its meticulous modeling of the vintage compressor, 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. The result is a must-have compressor / limiter for use in the studio, live, or both.

To get closer to the realism of live performance” has been a goal of dbx since the company’s inception in the 1970s. This goal has come full circle with the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plugin, which enables users to achieve stunning realism in the studio or to add nuance to an actual live performance.


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

Waves DBX-160 will be available in VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX, Audio Units plugin formats for Windows and Mac OS X.

Available Now! DBX 160 Compressor

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