Waves dbx® 160 Compressor Is Free For A Limited Time Only


Audio Plugin Guy is giving away the dbx® 160 ($149 value) compressor plugin as a free download for a limited time only. Subscribe now and receive your free copy of the dbx® 160 Compressor on November 17th.

The original dbx® 160 hardware unit is widely considered one of the best drum compressors ever due to its clean sound and low harmonic distortion. It was a trendy piece of gear in recording studios in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

See also: Free Compressor VST Plugins

Waves’ emulation of the dbx® 160 delivers all the functionality of its hardware counterpart, with some additional features. Developed in collaboration with dbx® engineers, the plugin also includes a mid-side matrix, a mix knob, a noise control, and a stereo component.

Taking a closer look at the user interface, dbx® 160 features separate threshold, output gain, and compression controls for the left and right stereo channels. The advanced controls panel hosts the input gain and mix knobs for both channels, a noise control, and the mode selector. The plugin can operate in stereo, dual-channel, and mid-side modes.

Taking a closer look at dbx® 160's user interface.

Taking a closer look at dbx® 160’s user interface.

dbx® 160 also features a sidechain input. The sidechain signal can be filtered using the built-in high pass filter module (per channel).

Much like every other Waves plugin, the dbx® 160 also features a preset manager, A/B testing functionality, and undo/redo buttons. The gain monitor can be set to mono, stereo, or single-channel modes.

dbx® 160 is priced at $149 normally, but you can get it for free via Audio Plugin Guy’s website for a limited time only.

To claim your free copy of the dbx® 160 plugin, submit your email address on Audio Plugin Guy’s website before November 17th. Be sure to tick the “I want a Waves dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter” box when signing up. The mailing list subscription is optional.

Subscribe at Audio Plugin Guy to get dbx® 160 for free.

Subscribe at Audio Plugin Guy to get dbx® 160 for free.

Everyone who signs up will receive their dbx® 160 serial key on November 17th. You will also need to sign up for a Waves Audio user account to register your software. Also, be sure to install the Waves Central license manager software for plugin activation purposes.

On a related note, the Waves IR-L convolution reverb plugin is also free at the moment. Some users are having trouble receiving their licenses in that deal, though.

Also worth noting is that Waves Audio is currently running a Black Friday Early Bird sale. Purchase multiple plugins to get up to 40% OFF per plugin.

dbx® 160 is available with all VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin hosts on Windows and macOS. Both 32-bit and 64-bit digital audio workstations are supported.

UPDATE: This deal has expired.

More info: Waves dbx® 160 (FREE @ Audio Plugin Guy until November 17th, 2020)

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Tomislav is a music producer and sound designer from Belgrade, Serbia. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief at Bedroom Producers Blog.


  1. Tomislav Zlatic


    As always, a massive THANK YOU goes to BPB readers who sent us tips about this freebie. Big ups to Kaspars, Henry, Parag, K. Szilárd, W. Yee, Dee.P.Tree, and others!

    • you don’t need a new sn to do that,you can choose upgrade to v12 in waves website,for free.just go to your proudcts tab.

      • Facundo Brizuela


        Yes but only for products why you have coverage; this Is one year only after buy plugin.. past this time you have to pay renew update (dbx160 = 13.41 dolars) for the upgrape (in this case waves 12)

  2. This one’s a great emulation… As you can see the ratio ranges from 1 to infinity… It can soft compression to hard limiting… Don’t miss this deal

  3. Many more thanks Tomislav, BPB & Kaspars, Henry, Parag, K. Szilárd, W. Yee, Dee.P.Tree, & all other readers for the reminder about this kind offer 😊

    This is yet another high quality & awesome compressor & it sounds just lovely 👍

    Well appreciated

  4. Is it possible to use the plugin without the Waves Licence Manager software?

    I think about using VMware or Virtualbox to register/licening process and then copying the actual plugin to my clean system.

  5. I didn’t receive a key either. I did receive spam from Wayfair in an email account that wasn’t used for anything but this offer.

  6. I got mine to-day! Just click the expired link and read the comments they will tell you how to get it. Thanks to Stu Smith for the free code.

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