New from Drawmer, the 1973 Three Band FET Stereo Compressor. Drawmer have drawn on 30 years of experience and with the 1973, they have combined the functionality and control of the world class Drawmer S3 with the familiarity and quality of the illustrious 1960 and 1968, providing three bands of transparent, intuitive compression for the price of a conventional single full band compressor.
The Drawmer 1973 is a multi-band compressor, this means that there is actually three compressors inside and each works on a separate band of frequencies set by the two crossovers. Each compressor works independently - affecting only the frequency band selected - and they are then recombined with an overall Wet/Dry mix.
A multi-band compressor can be effective on individual sources and well as an overall mix, and can perform in a way a single-band compressor never could. Being able to compress the boomy part of a signal without thinning the highs can work well on acoustic instruments such as guitars, cello or double bass.
Are you recording a vocal track that sounds too shrill? The timbre can easily be altered without eliminating detail and clarity. Adding heavier compression in the bass band can add to the thickness and richness of the voice, in the mid band raspiness is controlled, whilst compression to the high band can give sizzle and definition to an otherwise bland voice. In addition, sibilance can easily be tamed.
In a mastering situation, having independent control over each band can resolve a problem mix, pulling out individual instruments, brightening the brilliance/air or making the bottom end of a mix sound huge while simultaneously avoiding "pumping" or "breathing" artefacts and increasing headroom.
The three bands are split into low, mid and high with the lower crossover split between 50Hz - 1.3kHz, and the higher crossover split between 1.4kHz - 14kHz.
The three compressors feature the same controls; Threshold, Attack, Release, Gain, Bypass and Mute with an 8 segment LED Gain Reduction meters. The low and high bands feature an extra control, the Low Band features a 'Big' switch which helps preserve the very deep low frequencies, whilst the High Band has an 'Air' switch which enhances the sparkling highs.
Each band can be bypassed allowing you to hear the affected vs. unaffected signal whilst the Mute buttons mean you can listen to an individual band. A Wet/Dry mix pot lets you blend the compressed and original signals 'Parallel Compression' style.
Drawmer 1973 Features
- Standard intuitive controls such as Threshold, Gain, Switched Attack & Release with Gain Reduction Metering on Each Band.
- Fast Reacting Soft Knee F.E.T. Design with excellent Left/Right Tracking across the Full Range of compression.
- Variable Wet/Dry Mix plus Output Gain Knobs give a 'Parallel Compression' function without the need for external mixing devices, providing Complete and Effortless Control over the amount of compression used and Output Levels.
- Variable Band Split Filters at a 6dB Per Octave slope with Switch-able Mute and Bypass on Each Band make 'Tuning In' to a Frequency Simple.
- ‘Big’ and 'Air' Modes Help to preserve the Very Deep Lows and Enhance the Sparkling Highs.
- Two Analogue V.U. Meters with Switchable +10dB Meter Rescale Modes and a Switchable ‘Peak’ mode to Display Fast Transients Not Normally Seen on Conventional V.U.s.
- Dedicated Gain Reduction Meters On Each Band.
- Internal Low Hum Toroidal Linear Power Supply with Voltage Selector Switch.
- Classic Drawmer Build Quality with Rugged Steel Chassis and Aluminium Front Panel.