The award winning Drawmer 1978 adorns an unparalleled array of controls to give complete mastering over your mix, and all in a deceptively simple 1U frame.
The 1978 is a Buss Compressor like no other - compression with character, controlled distortion, tonal shaping, wet/dry mixing - others have tried but have never managed to build a compressor that is this versatile and yet intuitive. It's never been easier to get that elusive characteristic sound that sets you apart from the rest. Glue your mix, bring out the bass, control the highs, add warmth, distortion, smoothen, widen, sound less digital more analogue - and at a price that's right for even the smallest studio.
In addition to the usual Ratio, Threshold, Attack and Release controls, the 1978 features four character switches offering a wide range of compression flavours, as well as a variable saturation control to add harmonic distortion to the signal. Side chain functionality is also included with side chain insert points on both channels and a very comprehensive and flexible Side Chain EQ section which offers LF and HF controls with a choice of specific shapes and frequencies for precise frequency-conscious compression such as de-essing. A wet/mix control also allows you to blend the processed signal with the dry for parallel compression.
Compression: Familiar Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release controls plus a Gain Reduction Meter make setup easy & intuitive.
Character: 4 Character switches give a multitude of compression flavours, plus a variable Saturation knob allows you to dial in harmonic distortion and all under complete control. They smooth out a fast release, widen the stereo effect, warm things up, and much more - the actual effect is dependant on the material and amount of compression.
We suggest you try them all and find your favourite combination. Add your Character to the mix!
Shaping: Tonal Shaping is provided via the comprehensive side chain EQ - giving simultaneous control of frequency and level of filtering for the low and high bands. This works in conjunction with insert points that provide even further control.
Output: Wet/Dry Mix & output level knobs provide a 'parallel compression' effect giving complete control over the mix.
VU: Dual colour backlit VU meters act as a visual indication for the amount of saturation as well as fast reacting level indication.
A fast reacting Dual colour backlit VU Meter is employed to provide a visual indication of the amount of saturation added. Time delay relays are incorporated into the outputs to provide clean power-up and down with no pops or bangs, and a low hum toroidal linear power supply. The Drawmer 1978 is a truly flexible compressor made in the UK with high-quality components.
Winner of the Resolution Award 2016 in the dynamics category.
Incorporated into the 1978 is the 'Mix' Control. This acts like a 'parallel compression' effect that mixes the Wet (compressed) and Dry (original) signals to provide a simple and exact way of controlling the amount of compression used - all with the turn of a single knob.
With the extensive controls of the 1978, such as saturation and tonal shaping, it could be possible to take the effects too far and ruin a mix - this is easily prevented by the use of the Mix control just by mixing in less of the wet signal and more dry. By the same token, the mix control can add more compression and character simply by adding more of the wet signal. It's that simple!
|20k Ohms or greater
|Maximum Input Level
|Maximum Output Level into 10k Ohms Load
|20Hz to 20kHz +/-0.2dB
|L/R @ 1kHz
|% DISTORTION (THD & NOISE)
|@ 1kHz 0dB (ref +4)
|@ 1kHz 10dB (ref +4)
|Noise at Unity Gain
|22Hz - 22kHz. with flat EQ response switched in circuit.
|230Volt or 115V at 50-60hZ
|Conforming to IEC 127-2
|20mm x 5mm, Class 3 Timed-Blo, 250Volt working
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