The 165 changed the method & usage of audio compression when released. The 165 vca design was a 1st in the industry & set the standard for countless compressor designs afterward. A continually growing capture collection from the 165a Compressor/Limiter Captured via Lynx conversion @ 24/96.
165a 2:1 – Attack Time = 2ms-12 Release Time = 5/800ms Capture Ratio = 2:1
165a 4:1 – Attack Time = 2ms-12 Release Time = 5/800ms Capture Ratio = 4:1
165a 20:1 – Attack Time = 2ms-12 Release Time = 5/800ms Capture Ratio = 20:1
Understanding compression is equal part science & art. For those new to compression I recommend
adjusting the THRESHOLD & INPUT to set the desired amount of compression. Use your ears & not your meters. Dial in the RELEASE to shape & color your sound. Fast release times can really smooth things out. It’s equal part saturation & peak limiting combined. Longer release times can emphasize the attack transients. Use the MAKEUP GAIN to set your final output level. Most importantly experiment.
The 165a is an excellent Channel or Bus insert. It can be the perfect solution for anything requiring more punch & presence.