DBX 286s - embrassing newbie question
I have only had the DBX 286s since yesterday, and I really am not a technical guy. So forgive me if you have a "But this is so obvious" reaction.
I first had a look at the 'Set The DBX 286s For Great Voice Overs!' video on YouTube by Lenny B and it seemed very helpful and fairly straightforward, but then these things never turn out that way for me.
I've connected the microphone (sE X1s) to the Dbx286. I've connected the Dbx to my Audient iD4, and the orange phantom power on the Dbx led is lit; the green 80Hz High-Pass is lit, and the red threshold led is lit. Processing is NOT being bypassed.
And I can play back recordings I make in my Home Booth with Reaper (I only do voicework - no instrumentation).
So what's the problem? The problem is I need convincing that the Dbx processing side of things is actually taking place. I live on my own and I can't see what's happening with the settings of the Dbx 20 feet away on a desk, when I am recording in my Home Vocal Booth.
I just have this nagging doubt whether the DBX strip processing is actually taking place. Why? Because my home Vocal Booth setup is good, recordings were already pretty good using just the microphone and Audient iD4 before I got the Dbx.
And now the recordings with the Dbx 286 sound good - yet all I've done is just put the various settings on the different dials approximately to where Lenny B had them in that video.
I am having a hard time believing that, copying that video, I just happened to hit on a good combinations of settings for all the dials , despite basically no experimentation, for my space/voice/microphone combination.
How do I know for sure that Dbx286 processing is actually taking place??? If those red orange and green leds are lit and process bypass is not engaged - does that prove that processing is definitely taking place??
I 'd hate to think that I was somehow reverting to what I got anyway with the sE x1s/Audient iD4 combination, and that Dbx 286 processing is not actually taking place...