- Drawmer Seventies FET 1973 Three Band FET Stereo Compressor
Multiband compressors can be intimidating and difficult to use due to the number of controls and poor lay out, with this in mind, the 1973 has been designed to be as simple, familiar and intuitive as possible whilst still giving complete control over the audio.
The front panel consists of three near identical compressor bands, flowing left to right, with the Variable Crossover Frequency knobs seperating them. To the right are the large, illuminated V.U. Meters, with Output controls underneath.
Mix Control - Pricisely Control the Amount of Compression Applied!
Incorporated into the 1973 is the 'Mix' Control. This acts like a 'parallel compression' effect that mixes the Wet (compressed) and Dry (original) signals to provide a simple and exact way of controlling the amount of compression used - all with the turn of a single knob.
One criticism of multiband compression is that it is possible to take the effect too far and ruin a mix - this is easily prevented with the 1973 by the use of the Mix control just by mixing in less of the wet signal and more dry. By the same token, the mix control can add more compression simply by adding more of the wet signal. It's that simple!