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The Gainlab Audio Dictator is a tube-based dynamic compressor designed after a classic vari-mu compressors. Theoretically similar to the legendary Fairchild 670 and Gates STA-Level, the Dicatator also employs some contemporary solutions in order to have a better control over the sound. The bespoke design of the branch circuits is called the "mu-follower." The two channels of compression can provide synchronized 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 consisting of a pair of pentodes that were mass produced which exceptional quality during Warsaw Pact in countries such as Hungary, East Germany or Poland. The surrounding circuits of the tube amplifier use the latest technical solutions that allow the most precise parallel channel working characteristics which help to achieve extreme setup conditions. For instance, it can be pulsing on a master bus or it can produce crispy saturation alongside never existed transients and dirty breaks. Or work as a simple saturator with minimal dynamic control. The 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.



  • Applications: Master compressor, bus compressor, tracking compressor, sound design, saturator
  • 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 Dual Pentode Vari-Mu Compressor

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