dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter - 500 Series


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dbx 560A Compressor/Limiter - 500 Series

The 560A is one of the most used 500 series dynamic modules for compression.

It offers a classic hard knee compression and OverEasy mode - that's dbs's soft knee mode. It incorporates dBx's program-dependent attack and release times.

It is a natural sounding dynamic processor with a wide-ranging threshold, ratio and output controls and true RMS level detection.

Its "Infinity +" inverse-compression feature decreases the audio output level when the input exceeds the threshold beyond unity gain, which is useful in live settings when you need to control mix levels of extremely loud signals.


  • Controls: Threshold, Ratio, Output
  • Input/Output Impedance:40k Ohm balanced, 20k Ohm unbalanced / Balanced 30 Ohm, unbalanced 15 Ohm
  • Maximum Input Levels/Output Levels: +22dBu
  • Attack: 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB
  • Release: 8ms for 1dB, 80ms for 10dB, 400ms for 50dB; 125dB/Sec Rate
  • Ratio: 1:1 to infinity: 1, to -1:1
  • Threshold: -40 dBu to +20 dBu
  • Power Requirements: +/- 16VDC
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 5.25” x 1.5” x 6”
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs


Many customers gave positive feedback after they used this compressor. Some of them mentioned it provided aggressive and punchy drum recordings. They have also achieved good results while mixing other instruments too. It has been mentioned in forums how natural sounding the compressor is, and that it has clean input levels and gain reduction without extra noise. In regards to construction, it has a sturdy build and easy to use controls. Many sound engineers and experts have tested and approved this compressor for professional use. Geoff Stanfield from Tapeop.com tried tracking acoustic and electric guitars and mentioned: "it gave a slight midrange bump that translated as fatness and glow". Barry Rudolph, a contributing editor for Mix Magazine, said in his Music Connection review that it "worked well for keeping things steady, such as individual electric guitar tracks, stereo Fender Rhodes pianos, or for bass guitars using low 2:1 or 1.5:1 compression ratios."


There are no consistently reported negatives about this compressor.


At an affordable price, the 560A gives you broad range compression options to use for recording different instruments.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best 500 Series Compressors.