Drawmer DL251

2-channel Spectral Compressor with Auto and Manual Operation
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$1,099.00
Sweetwater Savings: $96.00 MSRP: $1,195.00
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Drawmer DL251
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Enhance your sound while you compress!

With a DL Series compressor in your studio you'll enjoy seamless compression - with no loss of sound in the high frequencies. The DL Series incorporates Drawmer's original "Auto-Compressor" circuitry, which gives you optimal results in minimal setup time, but doesn't compromise your skill with limited controls. The DL251 eliminates the "high frequency cutting" problems of full-band compressors by use of "Dynamic Spectral Enhancement" feature. It restores your high frequencies and adds additional "Spectral Energy" for that extra sonic spark. The DL241 Auto-Compressor uses many automatic functions, letting you concentrate on the overall performance and feel rather than the equipment. The result is smooth, warm and transparent audio. The DL441 Quad Auto Compressor/Limiter captures four channels of the innovative DL241 Auto Compressor in only 1U of rack space.

  • 2 channel, 1 rack unit Spectral Auto/Manual Compressor
  • Spectral enhance to restore high frequency under heavier compression.
  • Proprietary auto compressor with slope based attack and envelope following release
  • Manual attack and release control
  • Zero overshoot limiter (+20dB)
  • Dual VCA stages one for compression, one for enhance
  • Integrated circuit VCA for compression
  • Proprietary FET based discrete VCA for enhance
  • Proprietary log level detector (not RMS)
  • Side chain input
  • +4/-10 operation, individually selectable each channel
  • XLR inputs and outputs
  • 1/4in sidechain insert jacks on each channel
  • Hard or Soft knee selectable
  • Attack and Release auto switch
  • Sidechain insert listen function
  • Bypass switch
  • 10 segment LED metering on output lvl & gain reduction
  • Dynamic Spectral Enhancement feature
  • Peak limiter control
  • Stereo linkable
  • 1 unit rack space

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

DL251 Cue Sheet
DL251 User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type VCA
Number of Channels 1
Controls Threshold Ratio, Attack, Release, Gain (Compressor), Level (Enhance), Level (Peak)
Threshold -40 dB to 20 dB (Compressor)
Ratio 1.2:1 to Inf.
Frequency Response 12Hz-25kHz (-1 dB)
Side Chain Inserts Yes
Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Sidechain I/O 2 x 1/4"
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 7.87"
Width 19"
Weight 7.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DL251

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See also: Compressors, Drawmer, Drawmer Compressors / Limiters, Drawmer Compressors / Limiters