Loyola Enterprises

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DBX 1046

757.498.6118 Ext - 109DBX 1046 - Call for pricing - Quad Compressor/Limiter


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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 multi-track 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.

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.


  • Four independent channels of operation, stereo linkable in two pairs
  • PeakStopPlus™ limiting control for setting maximum allowable level regardless of compressor settings
  • Independent Threshold and Release controls
  • Switchable OverEasy® or Hard Knee compression
  • Classic dbx® compression
  • Differentially balanced gold-plated XLR and ¼" inputs and outputs
  • True RMS level detection
  • Precision metering of input level, output level, and gain reduction
  • Dual True stereo or quad mono operation
  • Switchable +4dBu or -10dBV operation per channel

Connectors XLR and ¼" TRS (Pin 2 and Tip hot)
Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance (bal./unbal.) >40 kΩ / >20 kΩ
Max. Input Level >+22dBu balanced or unbalanced
CMRR typically >50 dB at 1 kHz
Connector XLR and ¼" TRS (Pin 2 and Tip hot)
Type Servo-balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Impedance (bal./unbal.) 30 Ω / 15 Ω
Max. Output Level (bal./unbal.) >+22 dBm / >20 dBm
System Performance
Bandwidth (+0/-0.5dB) 20 Hz–20 kHz
Frequency Response (+0/-3dB) 0.35 Hz 90 kHz
Noise (unweighted) <-96 dBu
Dynamic Range (unweighted) >118 dB
THD+Noise @ 1 kHz 0.008% typ. at +4 dBu;
0.08% typ. at +20 dBu; <0.1% any amount of compression up to 40 dB
Interchannel Crosstalk (20–20k Hz) <-80 dB
Stereo Coupling True RMS Power Summing™
Threshold Range -40 to +20 dBu
Ratio 1:1 to ∞: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 ∞: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
Function Switches
OverEasy® Activates the OverEasy® compression function
I/O Meter Switches between monitoring input and output levels on the I/O Level meter
Bypass Activates the direct input-to-output hard-wire bypass
Operating Level 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
I/O 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 frontpanel switch
Power Requirements 100-240V 50/60 Hz, 20 Watts
Weight 2.4 kg (5.2 lbs)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 4.45 x 48.3 x 22.9 cm (1.75" x 19.0" x 9.0")
For pricing options and packages, contact us at
757.498.6118 Ext - 109, Or