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.
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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Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection 5‑Min Tip
Learn how to give your tracks the same warm tube sound used by The Beatles, Radiohead, and more.
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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July 5, 2022
good. i'm happy.Read More
June 20, 2022
i'm happyRead More
June 20, 2022
I've never used the hardware version but the plugin is great I love it!Read More
June 12, 2022
I really love Universal Audio, even though I can't buy plugins or update Luna right now due to sanctions. And I'm glad that I once moved from Pro Tools HD to the uad and Luna platform. The...Read More
June 7, 2022
Swiss Army Knife
I use the fairchild through my Apollo on every mix. Just give it a shot and see for yourself, gives you so much without sacrificing qualityRead More
June 6, 2022
For transparent voice this compressor is excellent i used for basse guit and voice now for allRead 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
good. i'm happy.
I've never used the hardware version but the plugin is great I love it!
Love this eq. Easy to dial in a good tone.
I think UAD should cut down on the manufacturing hardware units. Make a few hardware options only, with updated chips and get everything on UADx. Then I'll be a happy bunny.
I really love Universal Audio, even though I can't buy plugins or update Luna right now due to sanctions. And I'm glad that I once moved from Pro Tools HD to the uad and Luna platform. The sound is just fantastic. And Firechild is the highlight, it gives each track that unique sound that we love from classic recordings. Thanks to the UA team for the great plugins, and I believe that someday I will be able to buy new plugins for myself
Swiss Army Knife
I use the fairchild through my Apollo on every mix. Just give it a shot and see for yourself, gives you so much without sacrificing quality
For transparent voice this compressor is excellent i used for basse guit and voice now for all
Smooth as silk
The Fairchild is as smooth as silk and as punchy a prize fighter when pushed. Brilliant
I love it!
I use it on the the master bus.
Couldn't be happier !
Does everything I hoped it would.
El clásico hardware dentro de mi UAD!!
El mejor plugin Fairchild sonando como el hardware análogo, EXCELENTE!!
Love the sound on my guitars, had to get it! Compared it to others but nothing could match the feeling.
UAD's Fairchild 670 is my first choice of compressor in my mastering set. The realism that this version achieves is impressive!
So subtle, yet so powerful, some serious in the box equipment, a must for everyone who is serious about music.
House music for me, but still one of my most valuable tools. More colour for everyone is the way to go.
Fairchild is insane on everything
Hands Down 1 Of The Best Plugins ever.. It works on everything see for your self you will be pleased..
The fairchild is always a colorful option. I got to test it on 2-3 trarcks.
the results are sometimes 2 aggressive.
Incredible hardware emulation. I was lucky enough to use one in a studio where I worked for several years and it's amazing how good and consistent they sound. It is used for everything, it gives a touch of magic to everything that passes through it.
Does everything it is meant to do and more!
Sounds good - easy to use
I've been using it on some tracks and so far I've liked it every time.
Great on buses, vocals and guitars!