by Simon Allen | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes

Softube Drawmer 1973 Multi-Band Compressor Plugin  ·  Source:


It was only a matter of weeks ago that Softube released the S73 mastering plugin, which has many processes active behind its minimalistic interface. It appears they’ve re-used some of the code from the S73 and released, dare I say it, a more professional product that emulates the Drawmer 1973 Multi-Band FET Compressor hardware unit.


Although the S73 was released to good reviews, I’m not a fan of this new style of plugin which aims to perform a lot of tricks behind the scenes. Yes, there is a market for products like this, especially in a world where musicians themselves often need to master something quickly yet don’t have the technical know-how. These products can also act as a guide to see what your mix might sound like once it has been professionally mastered, helping you with mix decisions. However, they’re not professional products in my eyes, and there is no substitute for a professional’s expertise developed over many years.

When the S73 was released, however, some professionals still bought it for the plug-in emulation of the 1973 multi-band unit, which didn’t exist until now. Little did they know that this was coming! This looks like a great product and one I might actually buy. This 1973 plug-in claims to be a very accurate representation of the much loved hardware unit, but with the addition of being able to do Mid-Side processing too. This makes a lot of sense as it is easier to implement this in a software product than in a hardware one. Softube is a great plug-in manufacturer and this should be a great product, even if they did hide it from us!

Like all of Softube’s plugins, the 1973 is compatible with Windows and Mac, in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.


There is an introductory price of 199 USD until March 31, 2016. After this, the normal price will be 249 USD. That’s a professional price too!

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