(L-R) Bill Cheney of Spectra Sonics and Vintage King's national sales rep Chad Evans with the new Spectra Sonics V610 Complimiter
Ferndale, MI (September 30, 2015)—M1 Distribution has announced that pro audio manufacturer Spectra Sonics, creator of the 610 Complimiter in 1969, is now back in business. The two companies have given a one-year period of U.S. exclusivity for the 610 and V610 to Vintage King Audio.
"Spectra Sonics is back and M1 Distribution is extremely excited to bring a revered, classic brand to the international pro audio marketplace," stated Miko Mader, M1 Director of Operations. The Spectra Sonics sound is known in such legendary studios as Record Plant, Ardent, Stax, Advision, Strawberry, and Atlantic Studio C.
During the 1960s, Spectra Sonics developed the first compressor limiter that could provide independent, or combined peak limiting functions. The 610 is said to be the first device of this type to eliminate compression pumping, the need for de-essing and maintained full bandwidth at ratios of up to 100:1.
Notably, since those days, the designs have never been revised—the circuits used in all current Spectra Sonics products were designed almost 50 years ago, from 1964 to 1971. Spectra Sonics still uses the same test procedures, and in many cases the same test equipment, from this early period.
Bill Cheney of Spectra Sonics, commented, "Fifty years of peak free performance, maximum headroom, minimum distortion, preserving the total harmonic signature without loss due to amplifier overload —this was the promise made by Spectra Sonics in 1965, and the commitment continues today with the same quality and performance standards. 2015 has been our most productive since the early years. The overwhelming acceptance of our V610 and the new alliance with M1 has provided a strong foundation that will continue to expand in the years to come."