Ok... My new USED DBX 286a arrived Friday and it sounds awesome. I have tied my NT1A and new AT2035 (thanks Jacoby and Scott) to it, and really like what I hear.
I have trolled the archives and found some setting recommendations. I am looking for recommendations for the 'drive' and 'density' settings and an explanation of these. They seem to work backwards from compression ratio and threshold. However, I am thinking the 'Drive' acts like ratio- providing gain reduction; and the 'Density' releases like threshold. Am I close or way off base?