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The Dictator is a tube based dynamic controller designed after classic vari-mu compressors.
Theoretically similar to the legendary Fairchild 670 and Gates STA-Level in adds to contemporary solutions to have more control over the sound.
Gainlab Audio's bespoke branch circuit is simply called 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 parameters and saturation characteristics are very familiar to the known tube based compressors.
The Dictator is a true vari-mu compressor consisting of 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 which helps 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.
Gainlab's 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
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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