Another 500 series unit that I have been impressed with is the Anamod AM660. As the name suggest, it is based on the Fairchild 660 from way back in the day. There has been a reasonable amount of talk as to if it does actually compare to the vintage Fairchilds . Without starting another debate, if you want a compressor that feels and sounds like what the Fairchilds do, then this is an amazing option for a fraction of what you would pay. I have had the pleasure of using a number of different Fairchild 670’s during my time and while I havent been able to A/B…I’m really happy with these! So far I’ve used them on drum rooms, piano, vocals and percussion.
As with most audio gear, there is little that will be able to work in every situation. This compressor is definitely for a certain sound and won’t be great on everything. Variety is the spice of life after all.