Fairchild® Tube Limiter Collection

Fairchild® Tube Limiter Collection


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The gold standard in vintage tube limiters — captured for UAD and Apollo.

The Fairchild 670 and 660 are the most coveted vintage compressor/limiters in the world, with good reason. These 20-tube tone titans — which now fetch upwards of $50,000 — impart an unmistakable silky warmth heard on hundreds of hit records from the Beatles and Pink Floyd to countless Motown classics.

Now your vocal tracks, drum bus, and entire mix can benefit from the world’s most accurate plug-in recreations of these one-of-a-kind compressors, with the Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-In Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

Now You Can:

Give your tracks and mixes classic Fairchild tube warmth and character

Harness the Fairchild’s tube-driven gain control, compression curves, and tube amp and transformer sections

Duplicate the famed Ocean Way Studios' compression sound with circuit-modeled recreations of their golden reference units

Complete your “Big Three” compressor arsenal, alongside the LA-2A and 1176 plug-ins

Use “plug-in only” features like Wet/Dry, Sidechain Filters, and Headroom Control

Mix with presets from Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead), Ryan West (Jay-Z, Kid Cudi), and Peter Mokran (The Flaming Lips, Mary J. Blige)

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The Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection

The World’s Most Coveted Compressor

The World’s Most Coveted Compressor

The first Fairchild limiter that audio genius Rein Narma created on Les Paul’s kitchen table transformed recording forever. Soon, these 20-tube, 14-transformer, 67-pound behemoths resided in world-class studios, many of which still employ their vintage Fairchilds. For a half-century, the Fairchild 670 — and its aggressive little brother, the Fairchild 660 — have defined popular music’s most revered vocal and drum sounds. In fact, the world’s elite mixers often employ a 670 simply for the “glow” it brings to their final mixes, even without compression happening.

The Closest You Can Get to<br>Vintage Fairchilds in a Plug-In

The Closest You Can Get to
Vintage Fairchilds in a Plug-In

In 2004, Universal Audio released the Fairchild 670 Legacy plug-in, which was quickly heralded as the best 670 emulation available. Today, UA’s team of DSP experts have improved the original Time Constants and gain reduction curves, while modeling — for the first time ever — the complete tube-powered amplifier and transformer sections of their hardware counterparts. Far beyond other Fairchild emulations, only the new UAD Fairchild Collection is based on an accurate circuit models of Ocean Way Studios' “golden-reference” units.

New Features — Classic Tones

New Features — Classic Tones

Although the Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-In Collection nails the classic sonics of yesteryear, it also sports useful new features for modern workflows.

Blend Sounds with the Wet/Dry Mix Control

Blend Sounds with the Wet/Dry Mix Control

A Parallel Mix control lets you blend your unprocessed signal with the compressed signal, opening worlds of textural possibilities on everything from a drum bus to a mix bus.

Enhance Drums with Sidechain Filters

Enhance Drums with Sidechain Filters

By using the Fairchild’s Sidechain Filtering, you gain another level of control over your tracks. Use it to punch up the drum bus to enhance its impact without triggering the threshold of the compressor with the kick drum.

Add Grit with the Headroom Control

Add Grit with the Headroom Control

The Headroom (HR) control can be increased to make mastering applications a breeze, raising the gain reduction threshold and lowering distortion. Conversely, you can decrease headroom, lowering the gain reduction threshold and raising distortion for grittier textures that work on everything from vocals and drums to guitar and bass.

The Ultimate Companion to the LA-2A & 1176 Collections

The Ultimate Companion to the LA-2A & 1176 Collections

Combined with the Electro-Optical (LA-2A) and FET-based (1176) compressor plug-ins, the Fairchild’s unique tube-driven sound completes the compression “Triple Crown.” Renowned for its aggressive power on piano, bass, and guitar, the 660 is a stereo/mono version of the original mono compressor, while the flagship 670 is a full stereo compressor that can inject vibe and color into tracks or add the final touch to mixes.

Key Features

Includes the mono 660 and stereo 670, each with their own sonic attributes and feature sets
Models entire electronic path, including tube amplifiers and transformers for complete analog color and behavior
Modeled after Ocean Way’s famous, meticulously maintained golden Fairchild channels
Lateral-Vertical mode for stereo imaging and balance control
Includes custom hardware Stereo Sidechain Link mod
Six attack and release Time Constants (plus additional Time Constant variations with Sidechain Link)
Includes all-new “digital only” features: Sidechain filtering, Dry/Wet parallel blend and Headroom
Includes artist presets from Darrell Thorp, Michael Brauer, Ryan West, and more
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection


B. Corn

June 15, 2016

Epic work UAD

This plug is epic. Well done UAD.

I. Dombrovskiy

June 15, 2016

Cool tube sound

Really cool sounding plug-in. Very musical saturation. Must have.

W. Brierre

June 14, 2016

Fairchild Tube Limiter collection

Great set off compressor options for a mix engineer. Great for drums, bass, and vocal compression. I love the easy access control for the attack (DC threshold) and the option to blend the compressed and uncompressed signals.

UAD User

June 13, 2016

Fairchild magic

Never used the hardware. But so few have.
This VST certainly brings a special touch to audio manipulation.
Again the collection bundle slays the legacy version, in all aspects. Especially the sidechain access, which absolutely changes how it reacts... a feature that renders the legacy-version toothless by comparison [despite me using it everywhere, prior to getting the full-fat version] .
Love this plug-in. Regular use in all sessions.

C. Wood

June 10, 2016

150 years ago they'd've burned y'all as witches!

The Fairchild 670 seems to me to vindicate completely UA's decision to focus on emulation.
The symbiosis between analogue and digital seems flawless, the genius of the Fairchild designer is allowed to come through because the genius' at UA have had the skill and humility to make their work invisible.
I also think the AMPEX emulation has this quality too!
I guess what I'm trying to say is that, having worked in the box with the usual plugin suspects for years I'm now finding that UA's plugins are teaching me more about recorded sound than I could've imagined. For that I have to say thank you!

B. Knight

May 12, 2016

Thank you UAD, for amazing service and amazing software!!!

Amazing software....Sound has transformed my music...give me that PRO sound!!!

J. Raper

May 10, 2016

Talk about vibe

This was the first plugin that I bought on the UAD platform after purchasing my UAD Apollo. Since then, it has been used on everything from mix bus to drum bus. It has its distinct character that just does so much, even when not even compressing. Definitely worth buying, if not a demo at the least. Lowering the head room and driving this unit further just gets you the most incredible drum sounds.

r. roth

April 28, 2016

beefy !

sounds big and warm , additional parameters are great great color
sounds big and warm , additional parameters are great great color

D. Gianesello

April 27, 2016

Very good hardware emulation

I think the UA Fairchild compressor plugins is a very good emulation of the glorious hardware. Warm, easy to use, it can makes the sound wide and coloured. I use it expecially in the master track. Highly recommended

J. Mage

April 7, 2016

Color and control

Perfect for some sources, like my craggy dad's vocal. Helped maintain solidity and presence, and brought out the grit. Also love the 1176 and LA2 emulations, but this one rounds out the vocabulary!

R. Comitz

April 6, 2016

warm compression!!!

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S. Dickie

April 5, 2016

Mojo machine.

Title says it all. I find myself using these compressors a lot on things where my other software compressors simply won't do. I am especially fond of the 660!

c. claycomb

March 28, 2016

Super Glue

This compressor is wonderful! On Vocals,Drums,Guitars ect.
Put this in your mastering chain and WOW!!!!

W. Sullivan

March 25, 2016

Fairchild Vocals

I have no idea how I ever thought vocals sounded good until I ran them through this Fairchild 660.
They are unbelievable how now the vocal sits out front with no effort at all... The tone is warm yet with enough
fullness to hold it's center in a song or a film cue.... fantastic device! highly recommend.

h. Zhang

March 24, 2016

UAD sound How can become more the low dive to better

Dynamic good, the low dive is not good enough, UAD common problem

S. Casamento

March 23, 2016


This compressor is as smooth as I've heard. There is a vibe to it as well. It has made a big difference on many tracks. I highly recommend it.

M. Bernardo

March 22, 2016

I'm back :) and miss this one

My favourite Fairchild plugin emulation.

I was away from UAD for some time, because I've run out of PCie and now with the Thunderbolt versions it make think of it again. I miss some plugins and this one is by far the best emulation I've heard of a Fairchild.

F. Martino

March 18, 2016

Nice compression

Ottimo plugin, mi piace molto sui bus, specie della batteria o anche solo sugli OH. Trovo molto utile l'utilizzo in configurazione M/S....aiuta a ridurre la quantità di rullante negli OH quando capita di mixare riprese fatte male. Da avere!

B. Munyon

March 16, 2016

Freaking Wicked Awesome!!!

Thank you UAD for the great sounding compressor. Mastering Engineer friend turned me onto this compressor. It's a sound. A beautiful sound and so many applications! It's a huge part of the sound I've been searching for.

V. Koenig

March 12, 2016

Excellent !

Excellent Compressor, compression on the point. The Fairchild plugin makes a beautiful coloring. The 670 is great for Mastering.
The Lat/Vert mode is very useful for nearly each signal. The legacy version is definitely far away from the remodeled Version. Great job !

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