Fairchild Recording Equipment Corporation

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Fairchild 670 Stereo Compressor / Limiter (designed by Rein Narma)

Founded by Sherman Fairchild in 1931 in Whitestone, NY. Fairchild started the company to augment his interests in photography and projection of images.

Fairchild Recording Equipment Corporation products included amplifiers, preamplifiers and a control Control Track Generator to synchronize tape recorders.[1]

Fairchild Recording Equipment Corporation most notable products were the Fairchild 660/670 mono/stereo Compressor/Limiters. These limiters can sell for over $30,000 today.[2] The original design was created by Rein Narma as he was building Les Paul's first 8-channel mixing console. The design was then licensed by Sherman Fairchild who hired Rein Narma as the company's chief engineer.[3]


  1. ^ History of the radio manufacturer Fairchild Recording Equipment Corp.; Whitestone NY
  2. ^ Shanks, Will. "Compression Obsession: The Fairchild 670." Universal Audio Webzine. Volume 1, Number 6, September 2003. "The 670 can get fetch $30,000 and beyond on the vintage market." Compression Obsession: The Fairchild 670
  3. ^ 1959 Rein Narma Fairchild 670 Compressor Limiter

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