dlM sixtyfive
by de la Mancha
4.6 / 5     (19 votes)
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The dlM sixtyfive is a vintage-style, Soft-Knee RMS Compressor, inspired by the dbx® 165A, a classic 1970's compressor found in many studios, but adding some new twists.

The RMS detection and soft-knee help to give a smooth and musical compression experience, the non-linear response imparts character and the gentle saturation brings colour and warmth. Your dlM sixtyfive will deliver compression from gentle smoothing of vocal performances to brutal slamming of your drum buss. Enjoy!
  • Vintage style RMS compressor with external sidechain, parallel compression and comprehensive metering.
  • Subtle colouring from a home-made blend of harmonics, saturation and noise.
  • RMS detection offers natural response.
  • Soft Knee makes for a less obvious transition.
  • Bypass control allows blending of dry uncompressed signal for phase-free NY style parallel compression.
  • Non-linear attack/release curves give unique character.
  • Auto attack/release available.
  • Manual attack/release with ultra-low values.
  • Distortion reduction for very short release times.
  • Stereo input detection can be linked or unlinked.
  • Internal or external sidechain routing.
  • Additional 'Internal sidechain only' version.
  • Optional hard limiting on final output.
  • Metering covers stereo input, output and gain reduction. All meters show actual and peak levels with adjustable peak hold time.
  • LED display to indicate above, in & below the knee/threshold.
  • Non-linear knobs for precise control at small values.
  • 18 presets covering different configurations.
mgmd May 01 2023
(5 / 5)
May 01 2023
This is as good as any paid for dbx emulation, these de la Mancha plugins are superb.
Steve Aug 13 2021
(5 / 5)
Aug 13 2021
Excellent compressor. Ultimate control for bass drums and bass. Tight, punchy and fat. Marvelous. Beats many paid for compressors.
Acouzik Nov 11 2020
(5 / 5)
Nov 11 2020
Excellent compresseur. Réagit comme un véritable compresseur vintage. Je l'utilise souvent en studio pour les voix
Gabriel John Sep 22 2020
(5 / 5)
Sep 22 2020
I have recorded with the real thing. 'dlM sixtyfive' ha a very similar response and also adds some nice color. Love this plugin!
E.A.S. Sep 02 2020
(5 / 5)
Sep 02 2020
very good handable with accurate results. i use this all the time, because of the nice direct, acces working on parameters and displays within vu meter for control. this is how a compressor should always be equipped with. thanks a lot da la Mancha !
Demofactory Sept 15 2019
(5 / 5)
Sept 15 2019
I worked with the hardware version for 25 years. This one sounds better, and I use it every day.
Деловой Aug 28 2019
(4 / 5)
Aug 28 2019
DJ Waco Beat Sept 28 2018
Sept 28 2018
A Very Good Compressor we need it on 64 bit
Willem Dec 11 2017
(4 / 5)
Dec 11 2017
I remember seeing hardware versions of this comp in every studio in the 70s and 80s, often used for sidechain ducking. Great plugin with a character esp on drums and bass. Best of all, the external input works in Sonar. Thanks guys!
DJ-M-PEACE LA Jul 31 2017
Jul 31 2017
Working Great is a very hot pro compressor
Rich May 01 2017
May 01 2017
I use this compressor all over my mixes. It has the smack and splat sound I love.
drejkee Apr 28 2017
Apr 28 2017
SEXY!! but it has some bug with small release settings. Anyway looks like the best free sc compressor. Analog style, low cpu. Like it!
wagner Dec 08 2015
(5 / 5)
Dec 08 2015
It is a very good vst. The best I used till now.
Viper ITB Sept 28 2015
(4 / 5)
Sept 28 2015
I love it! Works like charm on everything you toss it at.
Peter Feb 10 2015
Feb 10 2015
Works great on distorted drums!
Chris Nov 18 2014
Nov 18 2014
Really good! Thank You!!!
Anonymous May 20 2014
(5 / 5)
May 20 2014
Excellent Plugin! Thanks!
Anonymous Dec 30 2013
(5 / 5)
Dec 30 2013
I like... good alternative to Density...