• True dual pentode tube design
  • Contemporary side chain design
  • Modern line driver
  • Military grade vacuum tubes (6k4p-EV (6К4П-EB) long life pentode)
  • Permalloy transformers

Gainlab Audio Dictator

Vari-mu compressor

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  • True dual pentode tube design
  • Contemporary side chain design
  • Modern line driver
  • Military grade vacuum tubes (6k4p-EV (6К4П-EB) long life pentode)
  • Permalloy transformers

Gainlab Audio Dictator

Vari-mu compressor

The Dictator is a tube based dynamic controller wich is designed after a classic vari-mu compressors. Theoretically similar to the legendary Fairchild 670 and Gates STA-Level in addition to the contemporary solutions in order to have a better control over the sound. The bespoke design of the branch circuits we just simply call the “mu-follower”. The two channels of the compressor can provide synchronised running throughout the whole range of the transition curve and so excellent gain reduction can be achieved. The time wise working parameters and the saturation characteristics are very familiar to the known tube based compressors.

The Dictator is a true vari-mu compressor wich consist a pair of pentodes that were mass produced in exceptional quality during Warsaw Pact in countries such as Hungary, East Germany or Poland. The surrounding circuits of the tube amplifier are using the latest technical solutions that allow the most precise parallel channel working characteristics wich helps to achieve extreme setup conditions. For instance, it can be pulsing on a masterbus or it can produce crispy saturation alongside never existed transients and dirty breaks. Or work as a simple saturator with minimal dynamic control. Our 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.

Field of application

  • Master compressor
  • Bus compressor
  • Tracking compressor
  • Sound Design
  • Saturator

Specifications

  • INPUT: 2 x Balanced XLR
  • OUTPUT: 2 x Balanced XLR
  • Max. Input: +22dBu
  • input impedance: >10Kohm
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20Khz +/- 1dB
  • Size: 483x280x89
  • Weight: 4.2 Kg
  • Mains: 230V AC (EU), 110V AC (US)
  • Max. Output: >26dBu
  • Output impedance: <65ohm
  • THD+N (0dBu): <0.3%

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