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These 1950s compressors are probably the most revered — and imitated — processors in the world. But what is it that makes them so special?
The Fairchild 660/670 compressor-limiter is arguably the most iconic of all dynamics processors. A decent plug-in emulation can now be considered pretty much a standard tool, and there are quite a few to choose from. There are also, in current production, quite a few hardware units that are inspired in some way by these legendary limiters, and a few manufacturers even offer precise clones of the original circuitry. But why? Just what is it that has bestowed such an enviable reputation on this legendary processor? In common with other ‘legends’, it’s fair to say that a number of factors are responsible for the Fairchild’s enviable status, and as with all legends, the truth becomes a little distorted. Its age certainly plays a role; its decades of deployment in control rooms across the globe, and on such a range of commercial material, have contributed to its mystique. Its relative scarcity has also made it an expensive collector’s item and, despite all the maintenance issues, the asking price for vintage specimens keeps rising (at the time of writing, originals are fetching prices upwards of £20,000).
The Black Cat Audio The Jaguar 670 is a modern interpretation of the Fairchild 670 tube compressor. The unit is completely made by hand in germany, in the audio-path the circuit is 100% original. The power supply was improved and equipped with an electronic regulation of the heating, providing longer life for the tubes. The transformers are high-end models from Sowther / England and Lundahl / Sweden. The point-to-point wiring of the original is replaced by a modern printed layout providing higher reliability. Due to these improvements the Jaguar 670 is technically better than the original was.
The only further changes concern the „zero“, „balance“ and „DC threshold“ parameters. Being accessible only as trim potis in the interior of the original unit, in the Jaguar 670 they are being made accessible for the user, as they can be useful for creative sound design.
Every Jaguar 670 is completely made by hand and carefully calibrated. Due to advanced design and additional shielding efforts the signal-to-noise ratio exceeds 90 dB, an extraordinary value for a tube circuit of this complexity.
The application range of the Jaguar 670 reaches from extremely fast an inaudible compression to nice coloration, which can deliver breathtaking results. Therefore the Jaguar 670 is the cost-effective alternative for all users who look for the legendary Fairchild-sound in a modern unit made in Germany without the risks of a historical device and for a fraction of the price of a well-maintained original.
Key Features of the Jaguar 670
- 100% replica of the Fairchild 670
- The design is an interpretation of the original unit with modern elements.
- Stabilized heating current for longer tube life
- Balance- zero- and DC threshold parameters directly accessible for creative sound design
- Handmade in Germany
- A documentation of all technical data is delivered individually for each unit
Delivery including wooden 19” rack
Black Cat Audio provides 5 years warranty on the Jaguar 670 (tubes excluded)