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DBX 128 / 119 / 118 - Applications, tips, mods etc.
Old 27th April 2017
  #31
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In the early 70s, I had a small, box-sized dbx unit for a short time, which I never used for tape recording noise reduction, but I discovered through trial and error that it did a fantastic job of cleaning up the distortions and surface noise on 78rpm records in real-time........I do not mean impulse or scratch noise, but rather the annoying distortions caused by having played the records previously with worn needles, as well as the inherent way 78s of the pre-war era basically just sound bad to start with.......It seemed to make those noises disappear, and the music, previously difficult to hear because of the continuous noise, would come through loud and clear, almost like magic...........I would have never believed it if I hadn't heard it for myself..........Unfortunately, I traded it in at my audio dealer for a dbx3bx, expecting it to be a "bigger and better" version of the one I had........Of course, I discovered it was a totally different animal and did not perform the functions of the little box, but I kept it because I enjoyed what it did to improve the dynamic range of LPs and FM broadcasts........I would just like to know if anyone can confirm for me what the model number was, as I cannot remember if it was the 117 or the 119, as I am considering picking one up, since they are very reasonably priced on ebay, and also if anyone can confirm its use for eliminating 78rpm surface noise......Sometimes I think I may have dreamt it because the improvement was so sensational........I mean, it practically made an unlistenable record sound almost brand-new........ Any responses would be appreciated
Old 7th October 2020 | Show parent
  #32
Gear Head
 
🎧 15 years
A bit late, but... the dbx 118 is stereo.

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Originally Posted by louis1 ➡️
I have the 128, not got around to using it yet as ive had to sort my setup -up, but when I bought it I checked that it was a stereo unit.

Could others chime in to say whether the other units like the 118, 119 are stereo or mono unit's.

I remember once seeing two 118's being sold on eBay by the same seller ,and they were side by side next to each other and I instantly thought mono.

Louis
Stereo!
Old 7th October 2020 | Show parent
  #33
Gear Head
 
🎧 10 years
The cool thing about these boxes isn't the compression but the record side of the noise reduction circuit. It's noisy so needs to be automated, but on the right kind of drums it's the coolest parallel "compressor" in the world.
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