Fairchild® Tube Limiter Collection
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
“If your drums, bass or vocals are lacking a little vibe, just grab the new UAD Fairchild 660 or 670, turn the input knob up, and listen to how much life your song has now.”
– Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)
“The much sought after Fairchild 660 and 670 are now accessible to UAD/Apollo users, allowing them to enjoy an audio treat that had previously only been available to a select few.”
– Steve Levine (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Ziggy Marley)
“I use the Fairchild 670 plug-in on parallel drum buses in lat/vert mode to enhance the tone, add depth, and control the stereo image in ways that no other plug-in can.”
– Ryan West (Eminem, Kanye West, Kid Cudi)
“The UAD Fairchild 670 compressor is beautiful on drum subs, the mix bus, and pretty much anything else. It has a smoothness that's hard to beat.”
– Jacknife Lee (R.E.M, The Cars, Snow Patrol)
“The UAD Fairchild compressor is an absolute winner, just like the original hardware.”
– Henry Jackman (The Da Vinci Code)
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October 17, 2021
there is not much to say if it takes away the guessing! Go for it, totally no brainer!Read More
August 26, 2021
Simply brilliant. I was very much looking forward to it and I was happy. Beautiful sound.Read More
August 18, 2021
Sweet sweet good good!Read More
August 10, 2021
it's smooth .
smooth like butter. ;)Read More
August 6, 2021
After days of learning how to use the plug-in it became my go-to for basses, drums and guitarsRead More
July 8, 2021
Definitely awesome.Read More
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
Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection
there is not much to say if it takes away the guessing! Go for it, totally no brainer!
Great sound but it crashes very often
Great sounding plug in, it really adds magic like no other but I get the dreaded -98, -50 device code errors.
This will be my last purchase from UAD until this, known issue, gets sorted out.
Simply brilliant. I was very much looking forward to it and I was happy. Beautiful sound.
Sweet sweet good good!
it's smooth .
smooth like butter. ;)
After days of learning how to use the plug-in it became my go-to for basses, drums and guitars
Best Limiter/Compressor I have in my collection..
I love the Fairchild. It's so warm and does what it was made to do. All my template projects are loaded with it on All instruments and Vocals. It add a beautiful feel to the tone of Vocals and now I am using it on my Master Buss and EQ matching with the CurveBlender and I get that total warm analouge sound I prefer on my mixes.
I love the Fairchilds, just beautiful classic warmth.
Glue your tracks together
Fatten your tracks but in a very subtle way. I use it especially on drum bus to glue it with the rest of the mix. Works great on everything. Essential !
I would say that it is a no brainer to buy this compressor if you have the money! It is not the most allround compressor, but the things it do is amazing, put it on the paralell drum buss, vocals, bass or to add som tube awesomeness on your master and it shine like no other! I love it!!
Pure Tube Goodness! Ever wonder how vintage recordings got great full sound with minimal Chanels and equipment? Meet the awesome Fairchild limiter. Fatten up an instrument or mix easily
Warmth & character!
Excellent plugin! It has lot of character, you add nice color and some harmonics when pushing hard. Very useful additional features like sc filter and mix knob, that makes it more versatile than the original hardware. I use it a lot on individual tracks, buses and sometimes entire mixes too.
L. Tian Siung
Best compressor for vocals
I have a few of the UAD compressor plugins -- most of the most popular ones -- and, to me, the Fairchild compressors sound the most natural on vocals. So much so, that even though I owed the legacy version, I purchased the full version.
o. martinez lopez
A CUT ABOVE
I don't think you can make the US Fairchild sound bad. To my ears, UA plugins are a cut above all others.
Nice compressor, highly recommanded.