The History Of The 601 Module and 610 Complimiter
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.
Legendary Complimiter Gets Fresh Take
Improving on the original 610 Complimiter, Spectra Sonics has taken their classic piece of gear from 1969 and updated it for the modern studio. The 2-chasis 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.
Spectra Sonics’ Impact On The Audio Industry
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.
“I'm hesitant to disclose to other mastering engineers what a wonderful game changer the V610 is.” - Garrett Haines
“They sound HUGE! I used the hell out of them on the new Jason Isbell record!!” - Dave Cobb
"The 610 has been my longtime 'go to' device for dirtying up drums, parallel compression, and other general 'grit enhancement' tasks. Its ability to pump and overdrive make it perfect for things like that. The 610's not-so-dirty little secret is that, with proper settings, it can also be one of the cleanest, most transparent compressors available. Unique and invaluable. A classic." - Pete Weiss
"They've been on every record I've engineered since, (1993), and most that I've mixed." - Tchad Blake
"Behind me in the rack were mounted two 610 compressors that were a perfect fit across the stereo buss. How I missed that sound. Now, it’s back!" - Jack Douglas