The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
Drawmer introduces the 1970 dual fet compressor and pre-amp at namm
Old 16th January 2020
News Desk Editor
The Press Desk's Avatar

Drawmer introduces the 1970 dual fet compressor and pre-amp at namm

Drawmer introduces the 1970 dual fet compressor and pre-amp at namm-drawmer_1970.jpg


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2020: Drawmer has expanded the breadth and depth of its compression offerings with the new Drawmer 1970 Dual FET Compressor and Pre-Amp. Engineers will notice the similarity of the 1970’s layout to the company’s flagship 1960 Mic Pre & Vacuum Tube Compressor, and it is destined to fit a similar role in applications where transparent preamps and punchy FET compression fit the bill. Ivor Drawmer and his team of engineers combined the best of old and new analog technologies via lessons learned across decades of innovation to make the 1970 tremendously flexible and unfailingly musical in a modern digital workflow. Like its siblings, the Drawmer 1970 is designed and handmade by Drawmer in the UK using a rugged steel chassis and an aluminum front panel. John Lamb, Drawmer’s commercial manager is at Winter NAMM 2020 along with Drawmer’s U.S. Distributor, TransAudio Group, to introduce the 1970.

Like the 1960, the Drawmer 1970 Dual FET Compressor and Pre-Amp features two channels of preamplification and compression that can operate independently or in true stereo-link mode. The 66dB pre-amps are built around the latest THAT Corporation technology and are incredibly clean and transparent. In addition to phantom power, the preamps offer matched impedance for unpowered microphones at 200, 600, and 2400 ohms. Like the 1960, the 1970 offers an instrument-level direct input with gain, boost, and newly-engineered bass and treble adjustments. Users 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 even greater flexibility. The compressor section includes fine control over threshold, ratio, attack, and release, and the 1970 incorporates “BIG” and “AIR” processing to enhance deep lows and sparkling 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,” said 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 USA at a MAP price of $1,497

The Drawmer 1970 product page:
Attached Thumbnails
Drawmer introduces the 1970 dual fet compressor and pre-amp at namm-drawmer_1970.jpg  
Old 19th January 2020
News Desk Editor
The Press Desk's Avatar

Old 30th January 2020
Gear Addict

This looks amazing! I've had a 1960 in the past which I loved for DIing bass guitar and for vocals.

I've been considering getting one or two 1176-type compressors, thinking Audioscape. Does anybody know if the 1970 FET compressors can give a rough approximation to 1176-type compression?
Old 3 weeks ago
Here for the gear


I have really been GASing over this since the release. I unfortunately won't get my hands on one for a while. Anyone had a chance to use one or purchase one?

Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearslutz Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.

Slide to join now Processing…
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Forum Jump
Forum Jump