Slate Pro Audio DragonItem ID: Dragon
1-channel FET Compressor/Limiter with VU Meter
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This Baby Breathes Fire!You can't fix what's not broken, but that doesn't mean you can't put your own spin on it! Slate Pro Audio's Dragon does exactly that, taking the classic FET compressor circuit from the '60s and '70s, and enhancing it up to mastering-grade specs. So, how does Slate Pro Audio push the FET compressor standard with the Dragon? It all starts with a Class A output section based around a custom-made transformer that imparts a rich, warm quality to your audio, but it can turn aggressive if you so desire.
No one wants a 1-trick pony in their rack, and the Dragon uses its three character settings to shape the sound to what you're tracking. The aptly named "Boom" setting adds sub-bass harmonics to make basses and kick drums thicker and fatter than you thought possible. "Bite" is more universal in its application, pushing bass, snare, vocals, and guitars forward in the mix. Looking to add an airy shimmer to your tracks? Engage the "Sheen" setting, which responds much like the classic opto tube compressors and is great for vocals, acoustics, and overheads. Better yet, the Dragon can use all three settings simultaneously!
Slate Pro Audio knows a little something about drum sounds (after all, they're the brains behind Steven Slate Drums!). Push the Dragon's "Vintage" button to transform the sound into a more vintage-y sound, with the perfect blend of harmonics and grit. Perfect for electric guitars and bass, this setting also really shines on drums! And just for more sonic variety, the Dragon has a 3-setting saturation selector. Add anything from subtle harmonics to gritty distortion by varying the setting. A lot of fun to play around with, the saturation selector makes everything sound better!
You know how some compressors overreact to bass content in the source material? The Dragon conquers that with a highpass filter that limits the amount of low end that is fed into the detection circuit. This is helpful on mix bus applications where you want more transparency. And speaking of compressing the mix bus, the Dragon succeeds where most FET compressors have failed (too much color and too much aggression). The Dragon compensates for this with a subtle 2:1 setting that works wonders on full mixes. Here's a hint: use the 2:1 setting with the "Sheen" setting and hear your mixes come alive!
One of the most famous FET compressors was popular for its "All Buttons In" setting. Engage the Dragon's "Squash" setting and hear the classic "All Buttons In" sound being applied to your drums, making drums sound bigger than life while avoiding the harshness that frequently accompanied the original unit. The icing on the Dragon's cake is the Mix knob, which lets you dial in the perfect wet/dry ratio, as well as engage such classic studio tricks as parallel compression.
Slate Pro Audio Dragon Dynamics Processor Features at a Glance:
You get powerful dynamics processing from Slate Pro Audio, with the Dragon!
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Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
by John D. from CTOne of those pieces that seems to find its way into every signal chain I set up these days.
January 28, 2013
Versatile. Deifnitely has the beating heart of an 1176, but hugely flexible. At first I was a... read more [+]verse to the EQ options onboard, thinking "That's the last thing I need is more switches and EQ options where they don't belong in the chain" but boy did I change my tune quick. Extremely musical tweaks just sound natural - get your squeeze on a bass through this and you'll feel it in your gut, back it off and use it for subtle vocals is beautiful, and it can slam when you want it to. Had to calibrate the meter when I got mine, but no problems. Love to squeeze my tracks a little harder then back off the blend to 25% or so - incredible flexibility and speed of workflow. The Distressor has been lonely since this unit showed up, and I don't think I'm just drunk on it - this is going to be a staple in my rack for years and years to come. I'll venture as far to say that this will eventually become a modern classic. close [-]
by Alex from Mexico CityThis is the best compressor of the century. I can describe its particular sound as a cross between an 1176 and a Distressor.
October 2, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
ONE stop compressor
by JJ from USAThis thing really does the job. Its quality is amazing but the configurability of it makes it brilliant. The settings can be overwhelming but it literally can come up with any compressor sound I have ... read more [+]ever wanted. The only music I can give is the manual is bit confusing. But in this case you would want to hear the effects rather than read about so its not a big deal. close [-]
June 8, 2011
Music Background: Musician/Engineer
perfect for many reasons
by will Snyder fromI really am pleased completely with this buy... I have yet to regret paying the price. Number one- for vocals, it's easy to dial in and sounds just right... number two- for guitar, it's easy to dial i... read more [+]n and sounds just right... Number three... well forget it, everything I have ran through it has sounded just right after tweaking it for each instrument... Drums/ Bass.. Piano... everything. Since I cut my own music in my studio, it's important to have gear that shines, and makes whatever I record, sound correct to what I'm trying to create... this does exactly that, I'm now a huge Slate audio fan! The guy is a genius close [-]
March 29, 2011
Music Background: Sony recording artist/ Producer, Engineer
by: Mitch Gallagher
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