The Fairchild 666 is a hybrid tube / solid state single-channel compressor, with a natural, open sound and very low distortion and bias.
This hybrid tube/solid-state vintage monophonic compressor was used amongst many others at Abbey Road Studios for its smooth and creamy sound. However, our particular unit has been used on Christina Aguilera's vocals on the song 'Beautiful'. It offered two unique features:
The 'Auto Ten' automatic attentuation control designed to reduce pumping and breathing artefacts on soft passages;
Frequency-sensitive compression in the 3 to 4 kHz range which allowed for a pseudo-deEsser functionality.
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