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Vintage King Welcomes Spectra Sonics Complimiters

Posted on August 1, 2015 by Eric There have been 0 comments


We are excited to welcome two new compressor/limiters to our lineup of the best pro audio gear in the world. Created by Spectra Sonics, the 610 Complimiter and V610 Complimiter come highly recommended by some of the best engineers and producers in the world including Vance Powell, Tchad Blake, Dave Cobb and Jack Douglas.

Founding Spectra Sonics in 1964, William G Dilley was an engineer and pilot who took to creating audio equipment for broadcast, recording studio and motion picture purposes. Creating classics like the 601 Compressor Limiter, the 610 Complimiter and a Spectra Sonics console, Dilley changed the face of recording forever and was awarded a fellowship by the Audio Engineering Society in 1977.

In 1969, Spectra Sonics first utilized the 601 module in the 610 Complimiter, a piece of outboard gear that allowed users to use the compressor and limiter separately or at the same time. Since its creation, the 601 has gained a reputation of being one of the quietest, fastest and most versatile analog modules in the pro audio industry. Thus, the 610 unit has remained as iconic as other fan favorites like the LA2A and 1176.


Spectra Sonics continues the legacy they started over 45 years ago by building the 610 Complimiter as it was originally designed. This 2-chassis unit keeps intact the classic 601 compressor/limiter module with a 101 Preamplifier for make-up gain. If you’d like to use two in tandem for stereo use, engineers can connect two 610s via the 610 SI Accessory.

Improving on the original 610 Complimiter, Spectra Sonics has taken their classic piece of gear from 1969 and updated it for the modern studio in 2015. This unit features an internal and external design facelift including lower distortion, noise, a +24dBu output and high resolution detended controls. Combining the classic topology with updated features has made the new version easy to use for mastering, mix-buss and tracking purposes.


To get a better sense of what the Spectra Sonics 610 is capable of doing, check out the video below for a demonstration of the classic unit in use.

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