Las Vegas, NV (August 24, 2006)–TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for Drawmer, is now shipping the Drawmer’s S3 stereo three-band optical ten-tube compressor. This unit incorporates the latest in Ivor Drawmer’s designs and it is intended to create a no-compromise circuit using high-grade components to bring the warmth of vintage quality mastering to your mix.
Drawmer S3 stereo three-band optical ten-tube compressorThe S3 forms the basis of a new “Signature Series” and offers previously unattainable control and tonality over each of the three bands, and gain control at each stage offers precise spectral balancing for intricate adjustments.
The signal path consists of high performance input/out transformers, passive components and ten tubes (eight ECC83 and two 12BH7) configured as a fully balanced Class A design. Because the LDRs (Light Dependent Resistors) in the opto-compressors are temperature sensitive, the S3 houses an ‘electronic oven’ which provides and sustains the optimum LDR operating temperature, thereby maintaining calibration accuracy and improving performance. A front panel LED indicates temperature status.
Large-scale VU meters can be switched to “Peak” mode for both gain and stereo balance to compensate for source material with a left/right imbalance or disproportionate processing.
Noted Brad Lunde, president TransAudio Group, “Ten Tubes! Who in the world would ever design a compressor with ten tubes! Well, Ivor Drawmer did. And he may well be one of the last of the great pro audio designers who has a vision for a superior mastering compressor and then actually develops and manufactures product to fulfill his dream. The S3 is not for everyone. It’s for the purists who consistently want to create music with the depth and scope only analog can provide. It’s expensive and it should be.”
Drawmer’s S3 has an MSRP of $6,995.