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Drawmer 1973 - Three Band FET Stereo Compressor
4.25 4.25 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

A "Low" cost MBC with great versatility and very few sacrifices for the price point.


28th July 2020

Drawmer 1973 - Three Band FET Stereo Compressor by tze019

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Drawmer 1973 - Three Band FET Stereo Compressor

I've had the 1973 for about 2 years now and it's finally found it's proper home. I am so very happy with it that I am actively trying to find a second one... though I doubt I'll actually buy a second one, you never know. It took me a while to get used to MB compression with no control over ratio. I'm a lover of lower than 2:1, which is this unit, and so I had to use it a lot to get used to how to set a 2:1 MBC. Next, I had to get used to the fixed attack and release settings. Again, once I learned what I liked, it became a breeze.

I also had to get used to the crossover slopes, which are far more gentle than most crossovers I'm used to working with. Generally I'm used to a 12db/oct slope, but I'm pretty sure this one is a 6db/oct. That was the trickiest difference for me to get used to. It made it harder to hear the little changes, but now that I know what I'm listening for, I find it cleaner, with less smearing at the crossover points... I don't know if that's just all in my head.

Over all, I find this unit clean for a FET circuit. Which makes it far more useful on a variety of stuff, and because of that it lives on my 2buss.

Now, there is one thing that bugs me about it, and I've found I can live with it. Instead of soloing the band you want to listen to, you mute the bands you don't. I know this is a cost savings measure, and a small inconvenience for some, but I do have to dedicate a moment's thought to it before I use it.

I haven't yet found a use for the low end enhancement circuit OR the high frequency boost. Neither sound right to me, so i just don't use them at all. Which is fine.

Recall is easy enough, despite the lack of steps or detents on the threshold and gain knobs. And the blend, bypass, and metre calibration are all nice to have, too.

Super happy with this thing. Highly recommended for a solid state MBC.

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11th March 2021

Drawmer 1973 - Three Band FET Stereo Compressor by Slug1

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Drawmer 1973 - Three Band FET Stereo Compressor

Agree what’s been said. I have had it in and out of my chain over the 5 or so years that I’ve had it. I was never happy with the box tone. Over the years as I have refined my chain, AND after thinking about it a little differently, I now feel like it’s linked into the chain now. But it just took some time to use it. I can set it now to do sort of what tape does but not saturation, but tape compression with low end compression and head bump, and a smooth airy top end. And has been said I don’t like the Big and Air switches. I have it first in the chain to do that tape compression thing (I know it’s not for real), and also for those amazingly versatile meters with the 10db pad so that I can use it with more contemporary levels and not pin the needle. It lets me set the analog levels going to the rest of my chain so I know how hard I’m hitting things. Just love this thing now. It’s a blessing now that I’ve learned it and know where and how to best use it. It’s a quality bit of kit.