IT tutorials
 
Gadgets
 

Universal Audio Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-in Collection

2/7/2014 9:54:57 AM
- Windows 10 Product Activation Keys Free 2019
- How to active Windows 8 without product key
- Malwarebytes Premium 3.7.1 Serial Keys (LifeTime) 2019

UA strikes gold once again with its Fairchild emulation plug-in series.

Fairchild compressor/limiters are revered for good reason, as they can be heard on some of the greatest records of all time, but keeping those vintage hardware units running—complete with 20 tubes and 14 transformers—is not an easy task. Luckily for us, Universal Audio has modeled a few classic “golden reference units” from Ocean Way Studios, then added several modern touches for its own Fairchild emulations, now available direct from their website.

Title: Universal Audio Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-in Collection - Description: http://www.uaudio.com/media/products/fairchild/fairchild-overview-rack.jpg

Universal Audio Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-in Collection

Features

The collection includes new 660 and 670 models, as well as the original 670 Legacy unit, each of which can only run via UA’s proprietary UAD-2 platform. They can be instantiated as either mono or mono/stereo; historically, the 660 is mono and the 670 is stereo with Mid/Side capabilities. While these monsters sound great on drums, vocals, and master bus (or just about any-thing, for that matter), let’s explore a few simple ideas about how the new 660 and 670 emulations work on guitars and bass.

One of the first aspects to understand is the use of Input Gain versus Threshold. As the manual notes, the original unit’s input control is behind the input transformer and ahead of the tubes in its signal chain. When you increase the Input, the input tube is hit harder, increasing distortion. If you want the character of your guitar or bass to have extra grit, turn up the Input Control knob and turn down Threshold. To get a lot of squash and grit, crank up both Input and Threshold.

Further, users can play with the small-but-useful HR (Headroom Control) knob, which lowers the internal operating level. The default position is where the small dot is at 12 o’clock (a value of 16 dB). To get more harmonic distortion, turn the knob clockwise (which increases the operating level). The unit tends to compress more when doing that, which means you’ll probably need to turn up the Output control to compensate for gain reduction.

Title: Blend Sounds with the Wet/Dry Mix Control - Description: http://www.uaudio.com/media/products/fairchild/fairchild-overview-mix.jpg

Blend Sounds with the Wet/Dry Mix Control

It’s also useful to understand the Time Constant knob with variable attack and release times. It’s a six-position switch where settings 1 to 4 are progressively slower behaviors and 5 and 6 are program dependent. Additional attack/release variations are also possible, enabling the Sidechain Link and disabling the Controls Link.

Title: Add Grit with the Headroom Control - Description: http://www.uaudio.com/media/products/fairchild/fairchild-overview-hr.jpg

Add Grit with the Headroom Control

In Use

An edgy, aggressive bass sound can be easily made by turning up the Input Channel, Headroom Control and Output. I like to set the Time Constant to 1 or 2, where the unit tends to react fairly quickly. Also, I set the Metering knob to GR (Gain Reduction), which allows me to see (in dB) how hard the compressor is ‘hit.’ Of course, I adjust all parameters depending on the material, but bass, in particular, can really scream via UA’s Fairchild. With it, I can undeniably hear an increase in smoothness, punch and character.

Title: Enhance Drums with Sidechain Filters - Description: http://www.uaudio.com/media/products/fairchild/fairchild-overview-sidechain.jpg

Enhance Drums with Sidechain Filters

Taking it a step further, there are two additional controls that offer quite a bit of flexibility. The Sidechain Filter controls a 12 dB per octave low-cut filter that goes from 20 to 500 Hz. Simply put, this lets you take bass frequencies out of the compressor to limit excessive gain reduction. Without the Sidechain Filter, the entire spectrum of frequencies in the track will be compressed—which has its place, of course. But by pushing up the Sidechain Filter value, users essentially leave those frequencies alone and compress those above it.

With heavy electric guitar parts, I like to set the Sidechain Filter around 400 Hz. What this does is enable the compressor not to “squash” as much overall, because I essentially removed the low end from hitting the compressor. Those frequencies gets left alone while the lower mids, mids and top get tightened up. Certainly, it’s also quite useful on bass parts.

Normally, I tend not to compress electric parts very much, especially distorted tube amps, but with this filter, I can get it to be smooth and punchy while also using the Output for some extra gain. Sometimes, however—especially with plug-in based guitar amp emulations—it sounds best to squash the whole signal, leaving the Sidechain off. It’s useful to have the option when you need it.

Last but not least, UA built in a Mix knob—a feature I would like to have on every plug in, actually! While simple in theory, it’s incredibly useful in taste and touch. It sets the output balance between the dry signal and that of the one processed by the compressor. This lets you hit a bass or guitar hard with overall compression, then pull it back from 100 percent (Wet) to get an ideal blend of processed and unprocessed. To navigate this quickly, you can click on the Mix graphic to move to 50 percent, the 0 for 0 percent, and so on.

Summary

Overall, the Fairlight Collection is a great compliment to most any type of production track. Specifically on guitar and bass, users can control individual track dynamics while increasing thickness and punch, yet it’s the combination of Input Gain, Threshold, Time Constant, Headroom, Sidechain Filter and Mix that helps me take tracks to the next level. Best of all, you’ll never have to change a UA Fairlight tube.

 
Others
 
- UnderTone Audio MPEQ-1 Channel Strip
- Spendor A6R - Outstanding Speakers Without Any Obvious Flaws
- SVS Ultra Tower Are Big Speakers
- Tannoy Precision 6.4 - The Flagship Floor-Standing Loudspeaker
- Thermionic Culture Rooster and Earlybird Microphone Preamplifiers
- HTC One Max - More Screen Size, More Camera, More Everything (Part 2)
- HTC One Max - More Screen Size, More Camera, More Everything (Part 1)
- Apogee Quartet Four-Channel Preamplifier And I/O
- Focusrite Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre
- PMC Twenty 23 - An Open, Engaging And Communicative Loudspeaker
 
 
Top 10
 
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Finding containers and lists in Visio (part 2) - Wireframes,Legends
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Finding containers and lists in Visio (part 1) - Swimlanes
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Formatting and sizing lists
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Adding shapes to lists
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Structure to Your Diagrams - Sizing containers
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Control Properties and Why to Use Them (part 3) - The Other Properties of a Control
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Control Properties and Why to Use Them (part 2) - The Data Properties of a Control
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Control Properties and Why to Use Them (part 1) - The Format Properties of a Control
- Microsoft Access 2010 : Form Properties and Why Should You Use Them - Working with the Properties Window
- Microsoft Visio 2013 : Using the Organization Chart Wizard with new data
programming4us programming4us
 
Popular tags
 
Video Tutorail Microsoft Access Microsoft Excel Microsoft OneNote Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Project Microsoft Visio Microsoft Word Active Directory Biztalk Exchange Server Microsoft LynC Server Microsoft Dynamic Sharepoint Sql Server Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2012 Windows 7 Windows 8 Adobe Indesign Adobe Flash Professional Dreamweaver Adobe Illustrator Adobe After Effects Adobe Photoshop Adobe Fireworks Adobe Flash Catalyst Corel Painter X CorelDRAW X5 CorelDraw 10 QuarkXPress 8 windows Phone 7 windows Phone 8 BlackBerry Android Ipad Iphone iOS