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July 14, 2004
Drawmer is introducing the 1968ME (Mercenary Edition), dual-channel JFET tube compressor. Designed for audio aficionados that desire a buss compressor that's also useful for tracking, the 1968 offers compression capabilities at around $2,150. Drawmer 1968s are in stock and now shipping.
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 I/O.
The Drawmer 1968ME is now shipping and sells everywhere for about $2,150.
For more information, visit their web site at www.drawmer.com