Slate Dragon Compressor Limiter
Slate Pro Audio - DRAGON
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* 1176-style FET Gain Reduction Circuit
* 1073 Class A Discrete Amplifier
* 3 EQ-Emphasis Character Filters
* Parallel Compression Mix Knob
* Vintage circuit Feedback and Normal Modes
* 3 Analog Tape-style Saturation Modes
* High Pass Filter Side Chain variable (80-200Hz)
* Ratios 2:1 4, 8, 12, 20:1 and Squash (All buttons in) mode
What is it??
It's an 1176 on STEROIDS... literally!
The Slate Pro Audio DRAGON is unlike any dynamic audio processor you’ve heard before. It was created to be the most versatile compressor, limiter, and sound shaping tool, ever seen.
The DRAGON starts with a classic FET compressor circuit, reminiscent of vintage units from the 60′s and 70′s. SLATE engineers enhanced the circuitry with a mastering grade signal path, custom-made CLASS A output transformer. The result is a compression quality that is rich and warm, but capable of sharp and aggressive tones. That's only the start of what the DRAGON can do.
The DRAGON includes three character settings that change the way the unit sounds and responds.
BOOM adds sub bass harmonics in a unique way that can make basses sound massive and kick drums pound like you’ve never heard before.
BITE adds a gentle forward character, superb on bass, snare, vocals, and guitars.
SHEEN adds an airy gloss to the source, reminiscent of classic opto tube compressors. Absolutely stunning on vocals, acoustics, and overheads.
* All character settings can be used simultaneously!
VINTAGE’ switch enables circuitry which emulates vintage sounding compression. Results are richer harmonics, a bit of ‘grit’, and overall aggressive sound. It's amazing on electric guitars, bass and stellar on drums.
The DRAGON has a three setting saturation selector which can add subtle harmonics or even gritty distortion to the source.
setting 1, it can add just the right amount of “life” to a dull vocal.
setting 2, it can add presence and warmth to a bass.
setting 3, it can add some rich harmonics to a snare to bring out the sustain.
* With the character, vintage, and saturate options disabled, the signal path is quiet and clean with just the right amount of rich tone.
Stereo link two DRAGONS together for transparent mixbuss compression, or for grouped bus compression like drums, vocals, guitars, etc.
FET Your Mixbuss
Classic FET compressors aren't common mixbuss choices due to their excessive color and aggressive nature. However, the DRAGON includes a gentle 2:1 setting that sounds amazing on full mixes. With the character, vintage, and saturate options disabled, the signal path is quiet and clean with just the correct amount of rich tone. Of course if you need more color or saturation on your buss, it’s just a button or switch away. With settings 2:1, character SHEEN, Saturate 1, and slow attack and fast release, your mix will come alive in an incredible way.
The DRAGON handles all things 1176-ish with ease. The famous “all buttons in” mode called ‘Squash’, is stunning on drum room mics, or any source you want to explode out of the mix. Due to its extremely hifi signal path, the DRAGON can create that larger than life effect without causing harsh or brittle high end.
Mix It Up
Lastly, the DRAGON includes a ‘Mix’ knob to control the wet/dry ratio of the source. This modern feature allows you to shape and sculpt any source, and blend in that sound with the original. No need to mult or buss the drums to additional faders! Wet/dry is the most useful feature in modern compression.
The Dragon’s faceplate has an etched black-gloss-on-satin-black design image of a Dragon.
Easily one of the coolest looking audio pieces ever.
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