Fairchild® Tube Limiter Collection
Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection
Way! ( part two )
my first review was sort of a series of blanket statements, applicable for Some people making compressor purchase decisions..
i have softube's drawmer and weiss, so this is a tracking go to for me...if you want this for tracking, or your drum bus, look also and the Bx_Masterdeck...but if you do more cleen open mixes, this might be a mastering go to...
no way...no, Way!
it's a little slow,( even in 1 ), but anything i would use it on wouldn't have it as it's only dynamics processor anyway....it gets a little muddy heavy into the "big soft knee" but backing it off clears it up, and it absolutely sings at minimal knee settings..
basically, the lower your threshold the sharper you want to run the knee...conversely, the higher your threshold, the more room you have to soften up the knee....but if more knee starts getting dark on you, and your trying to keep your threshold low, back off on the knee, and it brightens up..
An essential classic !!!!
I use it on almost everything when the need arises !!!
I use it on my master bus in my template totally oriented abbey road !!!
A wonder !!!
well done the team !!!
Donat.L ( for produce in the box.fr )
Only one problem
This thing sounds great and is so easy to use. Only problem is avoiding the temptation to use it on everything.
When they say there are some things you can only really get from UAD, this is what they mean.
Smooth and Silky
I love this clean and also when I over saturate it.
favorite drum bus compressor
my favorite drum bus compressor or maybe on the mix bus. lots of control and features. best Fairchild plug in
F. Ramirez Rios
A MOST in every production!!
The level and compression on the voice has a magical effect in my final mixes, i'm very happy with this plugin, you must have this on your UAD plugin library.
The Special One
Fairchild is a special compressor. It kind of have more of everything. More color, more presence; more sound. In cases of what I call "dead source material", typically due to bad digital recordings and/or the sound of early softsynths with obvious weak algorithms, the Fairchild can bring such things to life. Thicken things up, but at the same time it can knock dynamic inconsistencies, as well as inappropriate resonant frequency responses, into place, in just the right way. In other words, this is not an invisible compressor. There's lots of color. Still it's got depth and transparency. But where the LA-2A is more sweet, the Fairchild is more agressive. Especially in the mid-range. And even more the 660. But all in a good and warm way. We're talking the old-school rock'n roll vibe. :)
As I've never tried the original hardware, I can only compare to the competition of other software models. Still I feel enough like a nerd on the Fairchild subject (as I almost have all of the other emu's, and I certainly sense a thin red line between all of them) to conclude the above; the very fairchild sound! I was therefore very excited to try out the UAD models. (I'm fairly new to the UAD game. (What took me so long? :))
Needless to say the UAD Fairchild package, beats the competition on fairly all the above parameters. And where the competition lacks, the UAD kicks in.
If one thing comes to mind, I was quite suprised that the UAD models seem slower in the Time Constants? Not that it sounds that much slower. Maybe just a bit? Maybe it's the metering that differs? Well, if the modelling of the tube technology is done right, such possible real world fluctuations should transfer right over. And as we're talking tubes, they oughta be slower than FET's anyway. So this makes me even more convinced this is the most precise modelling of real world. And it's prefectly convincing on real music. ;-)
Exactly what I was hoping to get from this plugin. Simply putting on an insert gives the audio that warm coloration. From there, adding in compression it can be very transparent or really squash the transients. Look forward to using this on all of my tracks.
Best 670 plugin out there!
By far ;-)
S. van Servellen
My favourite compressor
This Fairchild really adds a unique sound to my mixes I so far was not able to achieve with other plugins. Boosting input adds a subtle warm distortion that gives character to certain instruments. Love that this unit allows parallel compression and side-chain making it versatile as well as awesome sounding.
I just like it.
It make sounds alive in a sweet way.
Great compressor! I especially like the pre sets which get me close to what I need depending on the instrument I'm compressing. Easy to use despite its intimidating facade.
Wow.. just Wow..
Demo it and compare it to other companies versions of this plugin and you wont be able to live with yourself if you dont buy this one because simply, it is just better. I have been critical about UAD before and how SOME of their plugins are on par with other brands or maybe 2-3% better and 3x-5x more expensive and dont run on your computer DSP but THIS is just amazing. It's a good 10%+ better than other versions and 10% is a sh*^ ton in audio. It handles the low end better, it sounds wider, the clarity of each instrument is better and the Mid/Side is something else! If you're not using Mid/Side you're missing out, and its so easy to understand on this Plugin. You also get the Legacy version for free so if you wanna run the legacy version on a Drum Bus to save some DSP and use the New Version on your mix bus you're set! This is gold. Hoping for a SSL 9000 plugin in the future but the Avalon is a great start for Pop/Hip Hop & RnB!
Bus and mix enhancer
Love using these as gluing tools. I mainly use these on drum busses, vocal tracks, and stereo bus. Hard-pressed to find a mix where I don't use one of these nowadays.
warm tubey sound
this compressor really adds a warmth and shine to any track. love it!
Tube based warm limiter
It behaves like expected. The newer Version sounds even more expressive, makes the snare come out, does compress the lower frequencies.
The upgrade now has a sidechain filter, but still no real sidechain in the DAW.
The GUI is ugly as before, now even larger and some useless graphics show a PCB.
The Power i requires is not so high as other new incarnations have on this platform.
In general i would say a nice compressor not for every signal but when it matches then it sounds incredible dense, it was a finalizer for records and thats what its specs are.