DBX 286 S

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Microphone processor

  • Studio / Live microphone preamp
  • 48V Phantom power, de-esser, enhancer, compressor and expander gate
  • Design: 19", 1U
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Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input No
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter Yes
Equalizer No
De-Esser Yes
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse No
External effect loops Yes
Analogue Outputs Jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes

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Professional value at affordable price
Steve Galloway, 06.04.2020
I use voice recording in an office/studio which operates a lot of electrical equipment and and having a hardware sound chain and preamp in one channel strip like the dbx 286 S Microphone Processor helps me cope with white noise and outside traffic noise while coping with anything from Office 365 Teams telephony and professional voice production.

Packaged in a 19" rackmount form factor may terrify those who are new to audio production, but the unit enjoys plenty of professional YouTube commentary to help understand the learning curve and configure this workhorse. The unit is excellent for those moving up from entry level microphones to prosumer and professional tools. Also, a hardware sound chain like the dbx 286 S may be quicker to get to grips with than learning audio processing software to achieve the same results in tools like Audacity, Reaper, and other post processing apps.

I can disable the sound processing chain and record raw mic input for post processing, and I can always fall back to preconfigured settings for telephony/rush recordings, casting etc. In this respect the High Pass filters and Expander/Gate really help cope with outside neighbourhood noise and suppressing electronics fans etc.

I marked down the the "Features" by one star because the unit does not have a power on/off button. This means having to unplug the unit from my rackmount power strip, and it is a feature I would be very pleased to see included in future iterations.
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Perfect for improving audio during video meetings!
mrozzzz, 10.07.2020
I bought the DBX during the COVID lockdown primarily for video meetings, because I wanted to have a better audio when using my Rode NT1A microphone.

At first I tried various digital workarounds (microphone routed through DAW with noise reduction/gate plugins, compressor, EQ, and looped back) but I had loads of problems that way. Sometimes it worked perfectly, other times my coworkers complained about all sorts of problems that I didn’t hear on my end, not to mention the extra latency.
Eventually I gave up and started looking at hardware options. After watching loads of reviews online I decided on the DBX and it worked great! The compressor and noise gate were especially helpful.

I think that for video meetings/calls or for streaming the DBX is the best choice for this price. However for the usual audio recordings (vocals or voice over) I use it only as a preamp with processing bypassed and then do all the post processing in my DAW afterwards, because that gives me more wiggle room to process the recordings anyway I want.
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Great for voice overs
Zahn, 17.03.2021
A radio station I worked at before had one of these, but, I always felt it was under-utilized as it had very subtle settings dialed in for the processing. And now, I finally got around to investing in one for myself to improve my home studio output, and I couldn't be happier to maximize it for my particular voice.

I plugged this into my signal chain as soon as I got it out of the box, and used it right away to record a commercial VO. It sounded like I was finally maximizing my mic's potential, and I enjoyed the "fuzzy" analog tone I was getting from it.

Up until today, I was relying on plug-ins in post to "mold" the right tone in for my VO work. The 286s now helps me do that as I record, saving me time and effort.

It can get a little tricky trying to find the "right" processor settings for your voice, but a little Googling brings up useful tips on better understanding of what each dial actually does and some good baseline settings. The only drawback is that you can't make presets for different mics. I guess taking a picture of your best settings for each mic would help.

Oh yeah, like a lot of folks, I also wish it had an actual power switch. I would recommend hooking it up to an automatic voltage regulator to keep it from ever getting fried by electrical spikes.

Overall, it's a really great add-on to your gear if you've been hooking your mic up directly to a USB interface. And you won't have to break the bank to get it.

P.S. The folks at Thomann give awesome customer service. They shipped it well and fast, and their chat support is very friendly and helpful.
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Happy UK customer 2021!
Chrishendo, 01.03.2021
Firstly, the product is great and works very well with my Shure SM7B. But I really want to commend Thomann in dealing with the first unit I received being faulty. There was a buzz coming from the back of the unit and after making a video to demonstrate the buzz, Thomann said to send it back and they would pay for the postage, which they did. They then sent me another DBX286S and this one has no buzz and works perfectly. Really great customer service from these guys. don't hesitate to buy from them if you live in the UK! Thank you Thomann!
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