The new Slate Pro Audio Dragon dynamic audio processor features a classic FET compressor circuit, reminiscent of vintage units, but Slate engineers “enhanced the circuitry of the unit with a mastering grade signal path, including a Class A output section based around a custom-made transformer,” explains Dragon promotional material. “The result is a compression quality that is rich and warm, but is also capable of sharp and aggressive tones.” Intriguing “character settings” of the Dragon include Boom (which “adds sub bass harmonics in a unique way”), Bite (a “gentle forward character that makes the source more defined and clear”), Sheen (adding “an airy gloss to the source, reminiscent of classic opto tube compressors”), and Vintage (adding “more harmonics, a bit of ‘grit’, and an overall more aggressive sound”). Other features include a three-setting Saturation selector, hi-pass filter, all-buttons-in Squash mode, and more. I/O includes one TRS and one XLR plus quarter-inch TS connection for stereo linking.
Price: $1,999 list
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