Gainlab Audio Dictator Dual Pentode Vari-μ Compressor (Graphite Limited Edition)
The Dictator is a tube based dynamic controller which is designed after the same pedigree of classic vari-mu compressors. Theoretically similar to the legendary Fairchild 670 and Gates STA-Level it packs contemporary solutions in order to have a better control over the sound. The bespoke design of the branch circuits we just simply called the “mu-follower” concept. The two channels of the compressor can provide synchronized operation throughout the whole range of the transition curve and so achieve excellent gain reduction. The time based parameters and the saturation characteristics will be very familiar to experienced tube based compressor users.
The Dictator is a true vari-mu compressor which consists of a pair of exceptional quality pentodes that were mass produced during the Warsaw Pact in countries such as Hungary, East Germany or Poland. The surrounding circuits of the tube amplifier use the latest technical solutions that allow more precise parallel characteristics which helps to achieve extreme setup conditions. For instance, it can be pulsing on a masterbus or it can produce crispy saturation alongside non-existent transients and dirty breaks. Or work as a simple saturator with minimal dynamic control. Gainlabs intention was to create a master compressor and bus compressor for mixing, but in experienced hands the Dictator can be used as a sound design tool as well. The Dictator keeps every aspect of the sound in hand, it is precise however not always clean, just like all the dictators from the history books.
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