Drawmer has introduced the new 1970 dual FET compressor and preamp, offering a layout similar to the company’s flagship 1960 mic pre and vacuum tube compressor, and like its siblings, the 1970 is designed and handmade by the company in the UK with a steel chassis and an aluminum front panel.
Distributed in the U.S. by TransAudio Group, the 1970 offers two channels of preamplification and compression that can operate independently or in true stereo-link mode. The 66 dB preamps are built around the most recent THAT Corporation technology, designed to be clean and transparent. In addition to phantom power, the preamps offer matched impedance for unpowered microphones at 200, 600, and 2.400 ohms.
Also like the 1960, the 1970 offers an instrument-level direct input with gain, boost, and newly-engineered bass and treble adjustments. Users can select from among the mic preamps, line-level inputs, and instrument-level input as the sources for the compressors, with phase reverse and a high-pass filter for added flexibility. The compressor section includes fine control over threshold, ratio, attack, and release, and the 1970 incorporates “BIG” and “AIR” processing to enhance lows and highs, respectively. The output section includes wet/dry mix, make-up gain, bypass, and a pair of analog VU meters.
“The Drawmer 1970 Dual FET Compressor and Pre-Amp is designed and built to be a reliable workhorse that imprints its analog magic on any signal,” says Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “Whereas the 1960 has a ‘tube’ sound on both the preamps and the compressors, the 1970 has transparent preamps and a punchy ‘FET’ sound on the compressors. Users will find a huge range of applications for the 1970, including bass and other DI instruments, preamplification and compression of vocals and other instruments, and line-level compression for individual channels during mixdown or, with the stereo link on, stereo compression of the master bus or stems.”
The Drawmer 1970 is now available in the U.S. at a MAP price of $1,497.