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juniorhifikit 4th July 2018 09:22 AM

Fairchild use
Hi Geoff,
I’ve heard stories of how the Fairchild Limiter was attached between the desk and the tape machine during Beatles-era sessions, and so everything passed through it - even reduction mixes. Is this true? If so, was there a good amount of limiting going on, or just the occasional peak barely moving the needle?


Geoffemerick 7th July 2018 11:32 PM

Hi, THE Fairchild limiter could of course be put across the mix although I never used them for that,i just used the Fairchild to limit different instruments at the time of recording, and normally there would be a good amount of limiting if not excessive, I really used them to create certain sounds. Of course their use was down to the individual engineers.

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Pyeguy 8th July 2018 06:04 AM

Hi Geoff!

If I could ask additionally? For tracking, how many Fairchild's would you normally use when tracking a band such as The Beatles? On which instruments would you prefer to use either the Fairchild or the RS124?

Are there any other limiters that you really like? Thanks!

Drumsound 8th July 2018 10:20 PM

When I listen to Revolver especially, I hear a ton of creative compression. The drums in particular, have an awesome "squish," is that from the Fairchild or a different compressor?