Creme de la Creme
I've had the pleasure of owning and using this compressor for about 3 months now, and let me quickly outline exactly what I love about it so much.
For all intensive purposes this is a very clean, pristine, and transparent compressor. Even under heavy use (low threshold, high ratio, fast attack, slow release, high output makeup gain) it still manages to retain a very transparent response. You almost can't hear it working whatsoever... Assuming you use the normal release options that is...
This compressor may be transparent when using the normal release times (.5s to 1.5s), but as soon as you get into the multiple release constants, the entire tone and character of the compression goes from transparent to very colorful.
When using the auto 33609 release settings the tone is low-mid forward, with tamed brightness. It adds warmth and fatness/weight to anything that goes through it, this setting is awesome for bass and warm guitars.
The compex auto setting tends to be a little brighter, but scooped mids.
The Fairchild 5 is really like a mix between the compex and the 33609, but more balanced sounding.
Now comes the Fairchild 6, modeled to resemble the iconic 670. This is where this compressor truly shines. ANYTHING you run through this compressor with the 670's release settings gets completely colored, in a gorgeous, musical way.
I find it really "airy" and "sweet" sounding. It doesn't remove bass response per se, but it definitely adds a bright colored tone to anything you use it on. The best part about it is the more you compress the signal in this setting, the more of that brightness it adds. Gone are the days where compressing removes high-end tone, this thing adds it.
All in all, it's a workhouse compressor that will work on anything. Mixing vocals, guitars, general tracking, fattening up bass, even mastering. But for me the greatest use is as a peak limiter for tracking vocals with the 670 release settings to add that special sweetness. I also own a Purple 1176, and an LA-2A, but they simply cannot compete with the Daking for transparent peak limiting on vocals.