Above: the Fairchild 661 Auto-ten (a noise gate, apparently), 740 Lathe, 602 and 600 Conax (de-essers, apparently), 670 stereo limiter, 663 Compact console channel compressor, and 666 compressor, which wants you to know that it is emphatically NOT a vari-mu compressor.
Today on PS dot com: some pro audio gear from NYC’s legendary Fairchild Recording Equipment Corporation. This post will strictly be a scan of marketing materials from the era, as I have never used or serviced any of these pieces (other than a 670 clone). A PS Dot Com reader alerted me to the fascinating story of Sherman Fairchild, the man behind the corporation that brought the world this very advanced audio technology: you will not be surprised to learn that he had roots in the aviation industry and a key connection to IBM. See the comments section or click here to learn more.
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Above: the Fairchild 664 console channel equalizer. A nice-looking example (with integral gain make-up stage!) is on eBay right now for a pretty reasonable price. The 668/669 Lumiten is an attenuator that uses a light source and LDR to regulate gain. See the ‘Comments’ section of this post for much more information regarding the Lumiten.
Above: the Fairchild 740 lathe, 605 phono EQ, and 666/666A compressor.
Above: the Fairchild Integra range of console channel modules circa 1963: For each channel on your board, you could have a 662 preamp, a 661 gate, a 664 equalizer, a 663 compressor, all controlled by a 668 noiseless Lumiten fader. This is some incredible technology considering the era. I gotta imagine that no intact Integra console still exists. Anyone out there ever work on one of these?
For more Fairchild audio coverage on Preservation Sound… click this link.