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DBX 1046 Quad Compressor/Limiter

DBX 1046 Quad Compressor/Limiter

DBX 1046 Quad Compressor/Limiter
Model #: 1046
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In today's recording and sound reinforcement environments, the need for multiple channels of high quality, easy to use compression is growing rapidly. The new dbx® 1046 is designed to provide the audio professional with just that: 4 channels of great sounding dbx compression for a variety of applications. Incorporating the industry standard dbx designs and the latest available manufacturing techniques, the dbx 1046 provides pristine sonic quality with that classic dbx sound. The 1046 provides 4 channels of smooth classic dbx OverEasy® or Hard Knee compression that are perfectly suited for use on individual tracks of your multitrack recorder, and in virtually all applications the separate channels can be individually interfaced and used for entirely independent purposes. Additionally the newly developed PeakStopPlus™ is ideal for protecting your system from the oppressive peaks that can take out valuable drivers in your sound reinforcement rig or studio monitors. All four channels have the following controls:


  • allows you to set the level at which the compressor starts affecting the gain OverEasy
  • allows you to select between soft compression for overall gain control or Hard Knee compression based on the characteristics of the original dbx 160.


  • allows you to set the slope of gain reduction affecting the signal over the threshold level. Input/Output Meter
  • allows you to set the meter to check the input and output levels for maximum signal-to-noise ratio and best level matching.

Output Gain

  • allows you to add make-up gain or to adjust the output level for that channel to match the next device's input gain. Bypass
  • hard wire bypass allows you to hear how the compressor is affecting your signal. PeakStopPlus
  • allows you to set the maximum signal level you want to pass through this channel. While it's virtually impossible to eliminate distortion, the PeakStopPlus circuit does it gracefully and effectively with minimal distortion.

Stereo Link

  • allows you to link channels 1&2 and 3&4 for two channels of true stereo compression

All four channels feature balanced gold plated XLR and 1/4"" inputs and outputs, and switchable +4dBu or -10dBV operating level to interface each individual channel with any other device. So whether you need to control the level, placement in the mix, or overall characteristics of 4 independent signals or control the gain leveling on a couple of stereo pairs, the dbx 1046 is for you.


  MODEL #   1046
  Connectors:   XLR and 1/4" TRS (Pin 2 and tip hot)
  Type:   >Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  Impedance:   >Balanced > 40 kOhm, unbalanced >20 kOhm
  Max Input Level:   >> +22 dBu balanced or unbalanced
  CMRR:   >Typically >50 dB at 1 kHz
  Connectors:   >XLR and 1/4" TRS (Pin 2 and tip hot)
  Type:   >Servo-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
  Impedance:   >Balanced 30 Ohm, unbalanced 15 Ohm
  Max Output Level:   >> +22 dBm balanced, > +20 dBm unbalanced
  Bandwidth:   >20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB
  Frequency Response:   >0.35 Hz to 90kHz, +0/-3 dB
  Dynamic Range:   >> 118 dB, unweighted
  Noise:   >< -96 dBu, unweighted, 22 kHz measurement bandwidth
  THD + Noise:   >0.008% typical at +4 dBu, 1 kHz unity gain 0.08% typical at +20 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain < 0.1% any amount of compression up to 40 dB, 1 kHz
  Interchannel Crosstalk:   < -80 dB 20Hz to 20 kHz
  IMD:   >< 0.1% SMPTE
  Stereo Coupling:   >True RMS Power Summing
  Threshold Range:   >-40 dBu to +20 dBu
  Ratio:   >1:1 to infinity:1
  Threshold Characteristic:   Selectable OverEasy® or hard knee
  Attack/Release Characteristic:   AutoDynamic™
  Attack Time:   >Program-dependent
  Release Time:   >Program-dependent
  Output Gain:   >-20 to +20 dB
  Threshold Range:   >0 dBu to +24 dBu (off)
  Ratio:   >infinity: 1
  Limiter Type:   >PeakStopPlus® two-stage limiter
  Stage 1:   >PeakStop® brickwall limiter
  Attack Time:   >Zero
  Release Time:   >Zero
  Stage 2:   >Predictive intelligent program limiter
  Attack Time:   >Program-dependent
  Release Time:   >Program-dependent
  OverEasy®:   >Activates the OverEasy compression function.
  I/O Meter:   >Switches between monitoring input and output levels on the Input/Output Level meter.
  Bypass:   >Activates the direct input-to-output hard-wire bypass.
  (rear panel):   >Switches the nominal operating level between -10 dBV and +4 dBu simultaneously for both input and output levels.
  ST Link:   >Links channels in stereo pairs. Channels One and Three become the master channels.
  Gain Reduction Meter:   >8 segment LED bar graph at 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 dB
  Input/Ouptut Meter:   >8-segment LED bar graph at -24, -18, -12, -6, 0, +6, +12, and +18 dBu
  PeakStop™:   >1 LED to indicate PeakStop™ limiting
  Function Switches:   >LED indicator for each front-panel switch
  Operating Voltage:   >Switchable:100-120 VAC 50-60 Hz or 200-240 VAC 50/60 Hz
  Power consumption:   >20 Watts
  Main Connection:   >IEC receptacle
  Dimensions:   >1.75"Hx19"Wx9"D (4.4cmx48.3cmx20.1cm)
  Weight:   >5.2 lbs. (2.4 kg)
  Shipping Weight:   >7.6 lbs. (3.5 kg)
  OPTIONS - Output Transformer    
  Per Channel:   >Jensen® JT-123-dbx or JT- 11-dbx, BCI RE- 123-dbx or RE-11-dbx


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