Gainlab Audio Dictator Graphite Compressor

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The Gainlab Audio Dictator Graphite Compressor is a tube based dynamic controller which is designed after a classic vari-mu compressors.  The Graphite edition is the same great compressor but with smooth dark finish for those who are looking for different but delightful aesthetic look!

Theoretically similar to the legendary Fairchild 670 and Gates STA-Level in addition to the contemporary solutions in order to have a better control over the sound. The bespoke design of the branch circuits we just simply call 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 wise working parameters and the saturation characteristics are very familiar to the known tube based compressors.

The Dictator is a true vari-mu compressor which consist 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 to 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 Audio'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.

Gainlab Audio Dictator Compressor Features

  • 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 Compressor Specifications

  • 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%

Gainlab Audio Dictator Compressor Includes

  • Dictator Compressor
  • Power Cable
  • Manual
  • Warranty Information

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  • 5
    Gainlab Dictator
    Jay Matheson

    This compressors main job for me is as a 2 bus compressor after my summing amp. I prefer it over the SSL style that I had in that slot previously. It’s also been good for tracking drum overheads as well as acoustic guitars. Mine gets more use in stereo than mono as it was designed as a stereo unit but it works well just using 1 channel as well. Classic Vari Mu style at an excellent price. Once you have a good FET and Opto compressors this should be the next on the list.

What We Think


The Gainlab Audio Dictator Compressor is a very impressive compressor, and the whole reason we took on the line. The Dictator can be open and subtle, to tight and aggressive, yet it is always smooth and musical. While it can clamp down, it does not get pumping or breathy - it maintains a clean compression characteristic (in that regard). But the thing I love the most about the Dictator, is that I swear it is alive and can tell what genre of music you are putting into it. You can set it up for a metal mix, not touch any of the settings and then run jazz thru it, and it seems like the comp knows that jazz is now playing. While it will still compress to the setting you have set, it feels like it adjusts itself to the difference in the style of music. It is a wonderful compressor that you have to hear to believe.

Ryan Ferris, Pro Audio Sales

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