Opinions on Drawmer MX60

Discussion in 'Mixing' started by BigDaddybluesman57, Sep 23, 2007.

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  1. Drawmer MX60.....

    It looks like a nice piece of gear for a front end to a digital workstation.

    Does anybody have experience with it?

    Many features, it looks like it would work well with vocals, instruments and electronic drums to give a more "REALISTIC" sound.

    Digital is digital and I can hear the difference very easily.

    Hey I'm new at this and just want to buy some pieces to make it as real as possible. I'll be recording in my bedroom probably with a Yamaha AW2400 and guitar w/POD, bass and drum finger pad trying to make it sound like a real band.
     
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

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    I have owned a Front End One for about 3 years now. It has its' good points, and bad ones. Here we go:
    A) Decent mic preamp, DI input. Nothin' fancy, a bit more musical than a dbx 286a, not as clean as a Grace 101, or as versatile as a Summit 2BA-211.
    B) Very good dynamics. IMHO, Drawmer makes the best analog de-esser and gate. The compressor is fine, too. But, my dbx 286a comes pretty darned close to it in the dynamics department.
    C) EQ is pretty clean and reasonably broad, Single mid-sweep is kinda limited. Not as sweet as my Toft ATC-2, but the Toft has turned out to be a turd in every other way, so...
    D) The "tube emulation" section is a gimmick. If I wanted to crunch-up a hip-hop vocalist, maybe, but otherwise the Summit does the tube-thang 1000 times better.
    E) In its' under-$700 street price*, it's got the right balance of features in a single box. Good build quality, quiet operation, ample headroom make it a good deal. Many times, I'll use the MX60 as a processor for the Summit or the Grace, which really expands the range of colorations I can get, but that gets a bit more $$$ involved. The point is that the 60 doesn't get out-grown. Buy it, you won't regret it.
    Edit: When I bought it, I paid $680 for it. I forgot it's gone up a bit since then...still worth it.
     
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