AES:Drawmer Pulls No Punches With New Gate

A worthy successor to old faithful?      12/05/01


The Drawmer DS201 is an industry standard noise gate for live and studio use, being favoured for it’s speed, sensitivity and ease of use. The DS501 Power Gate features all of the DS201’s features plus new dual mode ‘tuneable’ Peak Punch processing sections. Unsusrprisingly, this mode allows you to add transients to the front of the sound to giving more ‘punch’. As you might imagine, this is going to work best on drums; the favourite food of Drawmer gates. A fully variable frequency selector with a range from 75Hz to 16kHz allows the user to shape the transients of the gated signal and ‘tune-in’ to the particular area of the audio spectrum where the Peak Punch is to be active. In addition a variable ‘more’ control allows the user to tailor the amount of processing. A secondary Full Band Peak Punch mode is also available. In addition to Drawmer’s traditional ‘traffic light’ gate status display, the DS501 features new ‘approaching threshold’ metering on each channel allowing visual monitoring of signal activity below threshold. The DS501 Power Gate has already made its world debut, on Marilyn Mansun’s European 2001 arena tour. Major Tom, the Salisbury based PA company, has always specified Drawmer and were eager to try out the new DS501. Brad Maddix, FOH engineer for Marliyn Mansun, says “I love the new 501 because it is so fast and the new metering makes it easy to set up and use. The Peak Punch section really gives new life to drums and makes them sound much more dynamic.”
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