Drawmer 1974 Stereo Parametric Equaliser  From Drawmer

Stereo Parametric Equalizer inspired by the classic analog gear from the 1970's. 

Drawmer

$999.00

Retail:  $1,150.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Drawmer

The vintage-style fully stereo 1974 four band Parametric Equaliser provides exceptional analogue musicality and sonic clarity, taking it's inspiration from 1970's-era gear. It has the ability to perform subtle shaping for mastering purposes that require a delicate touch and easy recall, but is just as capable of tonal sculpting, adding the analogue warmth and character that is near impossible to emulate in the digital domain.

Get immersive with the stereo operation, with one set of controls for both channels. The versatile design features dual channel precision stepped potentiometers, providing exceptional accuracy for fast and simple recall. The fully variable bandwidth allows you to control the parametric mid bands, making adjustments as surgically precise or as broad and natural sounding as you could ever require. Fully adjustable low and high cut filters are also included, ideal for tuning out undesirable signals at the frequency extremes. It also features a switchable slope allowing you to alter the focus at the high and low frequencies plus a low peak setting that magnifies the bottom end. The 1974 is perfect for tonal shaping, staying true to the sound of the 70s and ideal for any musician.

Genuine Stereo Operation with Indented and Accurate Potentiometers.

The genuine stereo linked operation of the 1974 makes adjustment quick and extremely simple using just one set of controls to alter both channels. Gone is the wasted time spent fiddling about on every control trying to match the settings of the left and right channels with each other. The 1974 uses precision potentiometers, each one being matched for left/right accuracy to within fine tolerances by our trained technicians, so that both channels operate identically, and also have indented operation, providing exceptional accuracy for fast and simple recall.

Fully Parametric with Totally Variable Bandwidth.

The 1974 is a true 'parametric' equaliser, with the four bands having fully variable frequency controls and offer cut and boost of +/-12dB's. However, unlike EQ's with a no bandwidth adjustment, or a simple switch, the two mid bands have completely variable filter bandwidth controls enabling the user to focus in on very narrow sections of the audio spectrum or apply a broad natural sounding filter, or, of course, anything in between the two. This makes the 1974 incredibly versatile and capable of modifying everything from subtly fine tuning mixes to tone sculpting problematic recordings.

Variable Low and High Cut Filters.

The 1974 also includes fully variable low and high cut filters, ideal for tuning out undesirable signals. The low cut (otherwise known as High Pass Filter) having a range of 10Hz-225Hz and the high cut (otherwise known as Low Pass Filter) 4kHz-32kHz. The beauty of being fully variable is that, unlike fixed frequency filters, it is easy to sweep both controls to find the perfect setting and remove sounds with pinpoint accuracy. This is especially useful when bracketing individual tracks where it will be necessary to cut the bass to remove rumble and top to remove hiss, as these undesirable signals will just add up as the tracks are layered. For instance, cut everything instrument below 100Hz except those within that spectrum, such as the kick, bass or synths etc to provide extra headroom to work and also tighten up the bass making it sound less muddy. And likewise for the high frequencies.

Switchable Slope Setting.

Very few analogue parametric equalisers have an adjustable slope on the low and high cut filters, and is yet another feature of the 1974 that allows you to take control of your audio. The filter slopes of the 1974 have been chosen for their musicality - allowing you to adjust the focus of the audio at the bottom and top ends of your recording but not so harsh as to be a very noticeable brick wall filter. At the bottom end slopes of 6, 9 and 12dB per octave plus a Peak setting are available, and at the high end 6 and 12dB's per octave.

The Peak setting is quite a unique feature in that it adds a narrow bell shape to the 12dB per octave low cut filter at the knee frequency just before it rolls off. Especially useful on kick drums, it magnifies and gives extra weight to the hit whilst still filtering out any subsonic junk and without muddying the lower mid. It'll give your kick an added sense of power and precision.

 

Features:

 ♦ Vintage-style four band Parametric Equalisation which takes it's inspiration from 1970's-era analogue gear.

 ♦ Delivers classic sonic clarity and control at an affordable price.

 ♦ Genuine stereo operation with one set of controls for both channels.

 ♦ Indented and accurate potentiometers, providing precision for quick and simple recall.

 ♦ Variable low and high cut filters allow you to perfectly tune out any undesirable signals.

 ♦ Fully variable bandwidth provides absolute control for the parametric mid bands.

 ♦ Switchable slope plus low peak settings allows you to adjust the focus and magnify the bottom end.

 ♦ True hardware bypass for accurate A/B comparisons.

 ♦ Internal Low Hum Toroidal Linear Power Supply with Voltage Selector Switch.

 ♦ Classic Drawmer Build Quality with Rugged Steel Chassis and Aluminium Front Panel.

 ♦ Designed and manufactured by Drawmer in the UK.

 

Drawmer

About Manufacturer

The Beginning: The name Drawmer is synonymous with professional signal processing in recording studio, broadcast and live sound reinforcement environments. The company which is based in Yorkshire, England was founded by Ivor Drawmer whose passion was designing audio circuits. "The whole thing started in 1981," explains Drawmer. "I had been playing keyboards with bands in Yorkshire, but that wasn't going so well and also I wasn't getting any younger. With the encouragement of friends I built a small batch of stereo delay lines, which I called the Multitracker, and that was the start of Drawmer." The DS201 Gate: In 1982 Drawmer revolutionised gating by introducing the DS201 Dual Noise Gate, the world's first 'frequency conscious' noise gate. "It came about from working with a producer called Phil Chapman, who wanted me to build him a gate. Without doing any research I built this thing that switched on, held for a certain amount of time and then just switched off. In practice of course it was no good at all, so I then spent some time going around studios looking at how gates were being used. What really surprised me was how long engineers spent fiddling with gates trying to get them optimally set up and I realised very quickly that a better design was needed." The DS201's unique High-Pass and Low-Pass key filters, comprehensive envelope control and ultra-fast attack time has since made it the 'industry standard' gate throughout the world. The 201 transformed the gate from what had previously been a simple "on/off" device to a powerful creative tool playing a significant role in modern music production. "It was the kind of unit that people discovered uses for and it immediately enabled engineers to do the things they'd always dreamed of with minimum fuss," says Drawmer. Very little has changed to the design of the DS201over the years, and Ivor Drawmer claims it sells as well now as it did back in the early 1980s. "It's astounding where they all go, but to date we've sold tens of thousands of units," he says. The 1960 Mic-Pre/Tube Compressor: In 1984 Drawmer released the original 1960 Mic Pre-Amp/Vacuum Tube Compressor which combined two high performance mic pre-amps, two 'soft knee' tube compressors and an instrument pre-amp with EQ. The 1960 was the first self contained 'front end', and for many recordists who required only one or two microphone input channels it replaced the mixing console, assuring the user of a high quality signal path with a 'distinctive' sound. The concept of the 1960 was to combine the 'warmth and character' of eight active tube stages with the low noise and reliability of solid state electronics. The 1960 has been adopted by producers and musicians around the world and acclaimed as the ultimate direct interface between the sound source and the recording medium. Although the basic design and features of the 1960 remain the same to this day, periodic upgrades have been performed, the latest being the addition of high-pass filters and overload LEDs to the mic pre-amp. As the retro movement has escalated, Drawmer says there has been a dramatic surge in 1960 sales which now puts the unit on a par with the gates. Programme Adaptive: During 1989 Drawmer developed a new proprietary gating circuitry which it entitled 'programme adaptive'. This intelligent auto-circuitry was capable of analysing the dynamic content of the incoming signal and constantly optimising the 'attack', 'hold', 'ratio' and 'release' parameters thereby creating a much smoother gating action than previously available. The first products to incorporate Drawmer's 'programme adaptive' circuitry were the DL241 Auto Compressor released in 1990 and the DS404 Quad Noise Gate released in 1991. Also developed in 1989 was a new limiter circuitry which performed 'Zero Overshoot', 'Zero Response Time' transparent limiting. This was also included in the DL241 Auto Compressor and later the DL441 Quad Auto Compressor Limiter. In 1992 Drawmer took the innovative step of incorporating their newly developed 'Dynamics Spectral Enhancement' circuitry into a high quality compressor/limiter which enabled the user to dynamically boost any high frequency energy lost during the full band compression process. The resulting product, the DL251 Spectral Compressor was enthusiastically received by the mastering, broadcast and studio industries. The 1961 Tube Equaliser: With the new series of compressors becoming established amongst professional users Drawmer decided to expand its range of tube products and in 1994 released the 1961 Vacuum Tube Equaliser. An interesting 1961 design feature was the inclusion of a variable input level control on each of the two channels. This design approach allows the user to control the amount of 'warmth' by deciding how hard to drive the tubes giving a sound as 'clean' as the best discrete solid state designs or as 'hot' as the 'hottest' vintage tube models. The 1962 Digital Vacuum Tube Pre-Amp: The 1962 Digital Vacuum Tube Pre-Amp is a hybrid combining solid state, valve and digital technology. It comprises a high performance stereo analog pre-amp with 3-band EQ, low and high pass filters, low and high frequency dynamic enhancement, limiting and variable tube drive which feeds directly to 24-bit A/D converters. As well as analog outputs the 1962 is equipped with AES/EBU, SP-DIF and Tascam's TDIF or Alesis ADAT digital interfaces. "The concept is to offer very high quality analog with optional processing and tube warmth before converting to digital via the high resolution converters," explains Ivor Drawmer. The MX Series: In contrast to the 'high end' 1962, the MX30 Gated/Comp/Limiter and MX40 Punch Gate are low cost entry level dynamics processors bringing Drawmer's professional processing into a wider M.I. market place. The MX range has recently been expanded with the MX50 Dual De-Esser and MX60 Front End One. Digital Masterflow and Future Developments: Digital technology features strongly in Drawmer's future products, and the new Masterflow range of processing units translate some of Drawmer's existing designs into the digital domain. The company has also joined the growing list of manufacturers working on a series of TDM software modules for Digidesign's Pro Tools System and has recently developed a plug-in for the Mackie D8B Digital Console. Ivor Drawmer now works in conjunction with a team of highly qualified technicians with both analog and digital skills. Their design brief is to continue to create innovative and unique products based on feedback from the Sales and Marketing department and the Drawmer International Distributor network.

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