The name Drawmer is synonymous with professional signal processing in recording studio, broadcast and live sound reinforcement environments. The company which is based in Yorkshire, England was founded by Ivor Drawmer whose passion was designing audio circuits. "The whole thing started in 1981," explains Drawmer. "I had been playing keyboards with bands in Yorkshire, but that wasn't going so well and also I wasn't getting any younger. With the encouragement of friends I built a small batch of stereo delay lines, which I called the Multitracker, and that was the start of Drawmer."
APRS recognises Drawmer with Technical Achievement Award
The influential contribution of Ivor Drawmer to pro-audio design over the last 20 years has been recognised by the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Studios). The Association presented him with a coveted Award for Lifetime Technical Achievement to the Audio Industry.
As well as inventing some of the most classic analogue products on the market, Drawmer has spearheaded an ambitious digital research and development programme. In 1995 the 1962 Digital Vacuum Pre-amp was launched which cleverly combined analogue pre-amps, vacuum tubes and a 24-bit A/D, and was soon followed by the Drawmer Dynamics TDM Plug-In for Digidesign Pro-Tools system.
Ken Giles, Drawmer Sales Principal, comments, "Ivor's designs have not only played a significant role in the way that signal processing has evolved, but have also shaped the product ranges of our competitors. His past achievements with analogue circuitry and his presence at the leading edge of 24 bit/ 96K digital processing illustrates his versatility and make him a unique technical figure within our industry.
There is no doubt that Drawmer's sound tools have not only been ahead of their time but have also stood the test of time, after all, 18 years from its introduction, the DS201 remains the standard noise gate of the industry."