Softube Drawmer 1973 Multi-Band Compressor Plug-in

3-band FET Compressor Plug-in with Mid/Side Mode and Sidechain - Mac/PC, AAX, VST, VST3, AU
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Definitive 3-band FET Compressor Plug-in

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The Softube Drawmer 1973 Multi-Band Compressor plug-in is your ticket to the mastering magic of multiband compression. Meticulously modeled on the original Drawmer 1973 3-band FET hardware compressor, the 1973 plug-in can make a piano sit perfectly in a thick mix, tame an unruly electric bass, and give your mixes the slam factor. And it pulls it all off with inimitable Drawmer analog sonic panache. Softube worked closely with Drawmer's research and development department on the design of the Drawmer 1973 Multi-Band Compressor plug-in, and it has Ivor Drawmer's personal stamp of approval. Here at Sweetwater, that carries weight. After all, Drawmer wrote the book on dynamics control outboard gear in the 1970s.

Softube Drawmer 1973 Plug-in at a Glance:
  • Multiband compression - and why you need it
  • Faithful to the original hardware
Multiband compression - and why you need it

Multiband compression is a powerful mastering essential that splits a signal into separate bands, letting you compress them individually - or process some and not others. With the Softube Drawmer 1973 plug-in, you have three separate, independent bands, so you can, for instance, emphasize a particular instrument within your mix, add sparkle to the mix, or tighten up the bass. Do any or all of the above - or something else. You'll also find that the 1973 plug-in works wonders on single tracks. Attenuate annoying consonant sounds from a vocal without detriment to the clarity and detail. Suck the boominess out of an acoustic guitar track. Curb the low-frequency dynamics of a bass without affecting its lively top end. Take it from us - there's no end to the usefulness of the Softube Drawmer 1973 plug-in.

Faithful to the original hardware

Softube remained faithful to the sound and look of the Drawmer 1973 hardware unit, but they added a couple of cutting-edge features to the plug-in: mid/side processing and sidechain, giving you even more versatility and control. The Softube Drawmer 1973 plug-in is designed with a fast, sleek GUI that echos the handsome visuals of the original hardware. It ships with killer presets to kick-start your creativity, but of course, you can tweak them to your preferred settings. Oh, and it's quite CPU-friendly. Once you use the Softube Drawmer 1973 plug-in, you won't want to be without it.

Softube Drawmer 1973 Multi-Band Compressor Plug-in Features:
  • 3-band FET compressor modeled after classic Drawmer hardware
  • Gives you explicit control over your dynamics
  • Bonus mid/side mode and sidechain (not on the original hardware)
  • Plug-in approved by Ivor Drawmer
  • Every component meticulously modeled
  • Extremely CPU-friendly
Control your dynamics with the Softube Drawmer 1973 plug-in!

Tech Specs

Software Type Multi-band compressor
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Format AAX Native, VST, VST3, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Athlon 64 X2 or higher, 1GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number SFT-D1973-1

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Best multiband compressor

I use this on vocals, background vocals, bass, guitars, on the master buss... I wish I could use it in the kitchen as this compressor takes my mixes to another level at the start... Squash the mix then blend the dry in and the results...a very smooth glued mix from the start... Very very nice... Softube!!! GREAT JOB!! you too Drawmer!!!!
Music background: Mixing/recording engineer
See also: Compression Software, Softube, Softube Plug-ins: Dynamics