TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for Drawmer, is now shipping Drawmer's S3 ($6,995) stereo, 3-band, optical, 10-tube compressor. The S3 forms the basis of a new Signature Series and offers control and tonality over each of the three bands. Gain control at each stage offers precise spectral balancing for intricate adjustments.
The signal path comprises high-performance input and output transformers, passive components and 10 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” that provides and sustains the optimum LDR operating temperature, 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.