Drawmer MX30 Dual Channel Gate and Compressor-Limiter
The MX30 is a dual channel gate and compressor-limiter designed for the needs of
professional studio and live sound applications.
In order to maximise flexibility while simplifying set up and operation, several new
design concepts have been incorporated. The compressor section combines aspects
of both the traditional ratio style compressor and the soft-knee approach, making it
equally adept at creative work and unobtrusive level control.
Traditionally, soft-knee compressors have been preferable for unobtrusive level control
where the original sound is to be changed as little as possible, whereas ratio type
compressors are generally considered more successful in creative applications or where
large amounts of gain reduction are required. By combining these two elements, the
MX30 is capable of outstanding results in a very wide range of studio and live sound
The MX30 uses a proprietary Programme Adaptive gate circuit that varies its ratio
depending on the dynamics of the signal being processed. Because the onset of gating
is progressive, those low level signals most at risk will be treated to a lower ratio of
gating (like an expander) while the residual noise during pauses will be subjected to a
higher expansion ratio and will, in consequence, be attenuated more. The outcome is
a gate that requires less stringent setting up and is more tolerant of wanted sounds that
are only slightly above the residual noise floor.
A further feature of the MX30 is a peak limiter that allows the user to set an absolute
output signal level that will not be exceeded. If the peak limiter threshold is exceeded
for more than a few milliseconds, additional gain reduction will be applied to reduce the
overall signal level to within accepted limits without distortion. Once the peak has
passed, the system gain will return to normal over the period of about one second. This
facility is extremely valuable both in live sound applications, for driver protection, and
in digital recording where an absolute maximum recording level exists. Furthermore,
when overdriven, it can be used creatively to produce deliberate level pumping effects.
Each channel operates separately but they may be linked for stereo operation, with channel 1 becoming the master.
Balanced XLR (+4dBu) and unbalanced 6.35mm jack (-10dBu) connectors for professional and home-studio use.
This Drawmer MX30 is in Used Condition with quite a few marks and scratches on it’s top and bottom but the Fascia is in Excellent Condition and hardly marked. It comes with it’s Power Cable