Fairchild Recording Equipment Corporation

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Fairchild Recording Equipment Corporation
Founded1931; 90 years ago (1931) in Whitestone, Queens, New York, United States
ProductsAmplifiers, audio compressors
OwnerSherman Fairchild

Fairchild Recording Equipment Corporation was founded by Sherman Fairchild in 1931 in Whitestone, NY. Fairchild started the company to augment his interests in photography and image projection.

Fairchild's products included amplifiers, preamplifiers, and a control track generator to synchronize tape recorders.[1]

Fairchild's most notable products were the Fairchild 670 stereo compressor and its mono sibling the Fairchild 660. These compressors can sell for over $30,000 as of 2003.[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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