The distribution of mono and stereo balanced audio signals from a single source to multiple destinations has many applications including multi-zone sound reinforcement installations, live sports events coverage, broadcast studios, video suites, duplication or indeed anywhere high quality audio has to be distributed to a number of locations down long cable runs.
The introduction of the Drawmer DL241 Dual Channel ‘Auto-Compressor’ highlights the beginning of a new generation of dynamic processors which set new standards of sonic excellence. Its combination of features, displays and well designed control functions make it an outstanding product for a vast range of broadcast, sound reinforcement, and recording applications. The DL241 ‘Auto-Compressor’ incorporates many automatic functions allowing the engineer to achieve optimum results in the minimum set up time but does not compromise skilled users with limited controls. Its sophisticated design produces a smooth, transparent and warm sonic performance.
It is well known that compression, in its basic form, tends to remove high frequencies from any material with a wide bandwidth. This is because material usually has less energy at high frequencies than it does at low frequencies and since single band compressors are not frequency conscious, the ‘highs’ are attenuated together with the ‘lows’. Using a slow attack time improves matters to some extent, but signals containing many harmonics (eg: vocals, strings and brass) or dynamic signals with a powerful ‘leading edge’ (eg: piano, kick and snare drum) tend to lose some clarity which often requires further audio processing. It is a fact that many engineers who would like to use a compressor in a particular application, avoid doing so because they feel that the ‘sound loses something’.
The DL441 Quad Auto Compressor/Limiter captures four channels of Drawmer’s innovative DL241 ‘Auto Compressor’ in only 1U of rack space. The inclusion of new sophisticated ‘automated’ circuitry allows the engineer to precisely control both the dynamic range and ‘absolute’ peak level of the programme instantly, without sacrificing essential control parameters.
The Drawmer Dynamics Plug-In provides premium quality gating, compression and limiting to Pro Tools TDM users, and is part of a range of digital products to emerge from Drawmer’s ongoing digital research and development program. The ‘Drawmer Dynamics’ module provides the Pro Tools user with frequency conscious noise gating, expansion, ultra-smooth compression, and transparent variable threshold ‘brick wall’ limiting. Further innovative features include the ability to trigger the noise gate from any other audio track within Pro Tools and shape the frequency response of the trigger signal.
The Industry-Standard High-End Noise-Gate comes to the 500 Series!
The DS101 is the first noise gate designed specifically for the 500 Series rack system and takes its place alongside the Drawmer family of industry standard Noise Gates, such as the DS201, DS501 and DS404. Anyone familiar with those units will immediately be at home with the DS101.
The DS404 Quad Noise Gate has been designed to the highest specification to complement the DS201 Dual Noise Gate, acknowledged as the ‘industry standard’ gate throughout the world. Recognizing that there are many general gating applications which require equipment that is simple to operate and which occupies the minimum of rack space, Drawmer have designed the DS404 Quad Noise Gate utilizing new and unique ‘Programme Adaptive’ circuitry. This makes the DS404 ideally suited for use over a wide range of input signals, ranging from drums and other percussive instruments through to vocals, pianos and even complete mixes.
The DS501 is a sophisticated dual channel noise gate with fully tuneable ‘Peak Punch’ incorporating a number of features pioneered by Drawmer, which are invaluable to the sound engineer, and not found on conventional noise gates.
The Kickbox 4×4 is an ‘all terrain’ 4 in/16 out mic/line signal splitter. Its extremely high audio quality, robust build and portability make it the ideal tool to provide multiple outputs for live sound, broadcast coverage, sports events, live recording, press conferences, corporate events and any situation where distribution of high quality audio is required. It incorporates 4 studio grade mic/line pre-amps, each providing up to 66dB of gain and 16 balanced output stages, each with the option of transformer isolation and comprehensive linking facilities.
The LA12 is a low noise, low crosstalk distribution amplifier with high bandwidth specification. The unit provides one stereo input with master ‘gain’ and ‘balance’ controls and twelve stereo outputs, each with individual output level control. It may be used to distribute one stereo signal to up to twelve different outputs. A typical application example would be for the distribution of one stereo signal to other rooms/areas within a complex e.g. nightclub, shopping mall etc., but it may be used for a variety of other applications, such as real time cassette duplication.
A high-stability master clock generator! Designed as a sister to the acclaimed Drawmer M-Clock Plus, the name of the M-Clock Lite should not fool you – this is a professional, high-stability master clock generator, which is forward compatible with high speed clocks predicted for the future. The M-Clock Lite is simply streamlined, providing a simple, quality clock generator – without surplus features many studios will never need. M-Clock Lite features an AES Grade 1 master clock generator, meaning that the generated clock has a long term frequency accuracy of +/- 1ppm.