Analoguetube is a London-based company started by technical engineer Simon Saywood. Having painstakingly stripped and re-built an original Fairchild 670 compressor, Simon investigated the possibilities of producing new units to closely model the original design..
Analoguetube has launched a new AT-3 desktop tube and transformer microphone pre amplifier, it has switchable Mic-Line and DI
inputs. The AT-3 has a simple and robust design that allows for all modern and vintage microphone types to bring character and warmth to your recordings whilst adding colour and texture with the use of all types of new old stock tubes available on the market today.
"There are a few compressors (and Fairchild wannabes) available on the audio market, but none “like Analoguetube, built to the original Fairchild design”
Running a successful multi-room recording facility is challenging at the best of times, and relocating such a studio to a different continent is in an entirely different league of difficulty! This, however, is what Francesco Cameli has done.
"This is an excellent replica of the original Fairchild 660 in shape and function, and it makes me think back to tape. It looks like an original, it sounds like an original, it’s cheaper than buying an original today, and it’ll require a lot less maintenance. Every studio should have one."
Analoguetube AT-101 Stereo Limiter Review By Barry Rudolph for Mix Magazine - September 2010
"All of the typical complaints from the “in-the-box” mix naysayers vanished, as the overall mix instantly gelled with a rich and super-warm sheen."
Gear Stories With Sylvia Massy for Mix Magazine - December 2010
"...the one unit that seems to be the most honest, accurate reproduction of the stereo 670 seems to be the Analogue Tube AT-101. Just like the original, the AT-101 uses eight of the 6386 tubes. In fact, the developer behind the AT-101, Simon Saywood, worked directly with JJ Electronics to put the impossible-to-find 6386 back into production."
Audio Pro International, Wes Maebe - December 2009
"Whatever you put through this work of art, you end up with a fuller, smoother lower end and an old-fashoned quality combined with a fresh and modern clarity."
Resolution Magazine, George Shilling encounters what he judges to be the definitive recreation - November 2008
"Every original 670 is different in sonic character, and sometimes those with older components can add a desirable crunch. But even the smoothest, best maintained units add some character and the AT-101 is no exception, albeit at the smoother end of the scale of my experiences with original units. The low end seems to stop waffling around and becomes tamed yet warm, levels can be compressed by needle-bending amounts with just a touch of extra richness, and a super magical sheen engulfs the top end. Everything glows and flows a little more and across the mix the AT-101 frequently turns the mix into a ‘record’. You immediately realise that you have stopped gritting your teeth and started enjoying the music rather more. "