Chandler Limited has announced the release of its new TG2-500 Pre Amp. They tell us that, building upon the popularity of the company's TG2 Pre Amp / DI, the new TG2-500 delivers the classic sound of the EMI TG12428 pre amp used in EMI/Abbey Road recording and mastering consoles in the late 60s and early 70s--in the company's 500 series module form factor.
Using the identical TG2 circuit, transistors, and transformers, the TG2-500 delivers 10 – 60 dB of gain and uses a coarse gain control and a fine gain control as found on EMI consoles. Chandler says that the unit provides 300 and 1200 Ohm input impedance as on the TG2, which the company's customers have come to value.
Equally important, the Chandler TG2-500 delivers frequency response identical to the TG2. Additionally, the TG2-500 has the same high frequency bump and mid forward tone that users enjoy with the TG2, along with the warmth inducing distortion which contributes to its sound. Chandler says that the end result is a creamy, smooth tone with a surprisingly open, clear top end - "The sound, as explained by many users, has the 'warmth and punch' of the Neve, but with a nicer, expanded top end."
Chandler Limited owner and chief product designer Wade Goeke had this to say, "The TG2-500 is a product that customers have urged us to develop for several years. In the past, I always commented that I had not yet found the right way to engineer this unit in the 500 series form factor. I'm now pleased to report that, after working on this project for quite some time and attempting a number of different methods in the process, I've made everything work to my satisfaction. I'm glad I was patient because I genuinely believe our users will be pleasantly surprised and very pleased with the results!"
Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Studios stated, "Over the years Abbey Road Studios has hugely enjoyed working with Chandler Limited. Wade's hardware designs, based on the classic TG technology, are a great way of ensuring this part of the Abbey Road legacy lives on. We are delighted that the TG2 pre amp has now been redesigned to work in the popular 500 series format, enabling a new generation of recording engineers to fall in love with the unique TG sound."
Pricing and Availability:
The TG2-500 Pre Amp is now shipping. For pricing, consult an authorized Chandler Limited dealer.
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