The Drawmer 1968 compressor was always a bit special, originally released to fill the need for vintage warm sounding processing - high quality processing, the new 1968ME is dual-channel JFET tube compressor. Designed for audio aficionados that desire an affordable buss compressor that's also useful for tracking, the1968 offers brilliant compression capabilities at around $2,150 - the lowest price ever for a studio quality stereo buss compressor or a pair of JFET compressors. Drawmer 1968s are in stock and now shipping.
Oftentimes, budget-restricted recording and live sound engineers require
exceptional compression but find themselves without worthy affordable gear
options. This ever-present need was the impetus behind the 1968's design.
The highly flexible unit offers high-quality dynamics processing for a
variety of scenarios and is as equally suited for the live sound engineer as
it is for the discerning studio recording engineer.
The 1968 is a 1U, two-channel compressor featuring a JFET/tube combination
design that simultaneously yields reliability, low noise levels, and the
unique musical characteristics provided by tube circuitry. The use of design
philosophies found only in the "holy grail" compressors such as the 1176,
the 1968's JFET, voltage-controlled resistor design, includes dual JFET
compressors with variable threshold, attack, and release. On the outputs,
12AX7 tubes with variable gain control offer flexible application from
transparent to 'overdrive' tone characteristics.
Both channels of the 1968 have a toggle switch ingenuously labeled as 'BIG'
which controls the unit's detector-stage high-pass filter. The 'BIG' HPF
gives users the ability to deal with bass heavy signals without the typical
artifacts such as "bass pumping." The 'BIG' mode enables application in buss
compression situations where you still want thick and warm tone yet complete
dynamics control. The ability to switch "BIG" off opens the 1968 to tracking
applications where you may want instrument specific compression."
Other front panel features of the 1968 include: dual mono or true stereo
link operation; side chain access and listen capability; VU metering of gain
reduction and output; switchable +10dB VU re-scale mode for working at hot
output levels; red VU 'almost clipping' warning light; and balanced +4dB XLR
"This is huge breakthrough is design, performance and price," noted Brad
Lunde, "In fact, beta testing leads us to believe the 1968 will become one
of Drawmer's 'most wanted' pieces of gear whether it's in the studio or in
live performance. The combination of JFET compression and tube outputs gives
the engineer a wider range of high-end sounds for the less money."
The Drawmer 1968ME is now shipping and sells everywhere for about $2,150.