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The Drawmer 1976 Stereo 3-Band Saturation & Width Processor has been designed to inject character, color & life into your recordings and live sound in a style endemic of the classic equipment of the 1970s. The completely analog saturation of the 1976 will provide the realism that plug-ins can only aspire to, replacing the harsh, sterile digital sound with fullness, softness and warmth. Why emulate saturation when you can have the real thing?
Inspired by the highly acclaimed saturation and width features of Drawmer's DC2476 Digital Mastering Processor the 3 bands of independent saturation of the 1976 have been designed to add the pleasing imperfections that are so endemic in classic gear. Saturation is ideal for adding fullness to your music, taking your music from a cold, bleak landscape to a warm, bright vista.
In addition, however, unlike conventional saturation products the 1976 also features 3 bands of stereo width control to really bring out the depth and add real presence to your mix, and all with a single, yet comprehensive set of controls that provide genuine stereo operation.
Saturation in music production is something that can really enrich the sound in your mix by adding a subtle form of distortion that adds pleasant-sounding harmonics. It originates from the analog days when audio recordings ran through various pieces of hardware, each one adding their own character to the music giving the audio a pleasant quality that was much sought after. Today, in the digital age, these characteristics no longer occur naturally, giving an overly clean, sterile quality to the audio, with saturation plug-ins used to emulate those not present. The 1976 allows you to add this character in a completely analog, natural way. However, it's use is not only limited to digital recordings, it'll add presence, warmth and life to any audio regardless of how it's recorded, whether its drum, vocals, synths and more, in digital or analog.
Because the 1976 as 3 bands of independent saturation it can pull off amazing feats that single-band saturation could never accomplish. For example, it can bring out the bassline, adding presence and grit without ruining the overall balance within the mix by adding distortion to the top end. Or enhance the vocals without making the bottom sound muddy.
Saturation can be used to add warmth on pretty much any piece of audio, however it can be applied to some sounds far more effectively than others:
Just passing the audio through an analog device will have some effect on warming the mix, though passing it through the 1976 will take your mixes to the next level.
Without stereo widening the mix won't jump out of the speaker and grab your listener, this is where the 3 bands of the 1976 can be used to enhance the extra dimension to take the mix from a flat wall of sound to a 3D immersive experience. It's likely your mix will have a stereo element already, however, the 1976 makes it super easy to control these, widening and monogising where necessary to get the desired effect, and all just using the single stereo controls of the low, mid and high bands. One major benefit of having independent width control for each of the bands is to allow the high frequencies to be spread across a wider soundstage without affecting the low frequency end. Easy!
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