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 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.