Chandler Limited, the only company in the world authorized to develop, manufacture and market the 'Official Equipment' of EMI/Abbey Road Studios has expanded their 500 Series palette with additions of the TG Opto compressor and TG12345 MKIV EQ to its EMI/Abbey Road Studios historic lineup. Here's the story in their own words...
In 2014, Chandler Limited introduced the TG2-500 preamp for 500 Series, bringing the legendary sound of its celebrated EMI/Abbey Road Studios historic line to the popular format for the first time ever, and earned a NAMM TEC Awards nomination. It was a moment when legions of professional music producers, audio engineers and home studio enthusiasts, craving the prized EMI TG tone of the late '60s and early '70s, as heard on records by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, John Lennon, George Harrison, and major motion picture film scores had long waited for.
Today, Chandler Limited comes full-circle and closes the gap by adding the TG Opto compressor and TG12345 MKIV equalizer, alongside the highly popular TG2-500 preamp module, and together forming an EMI TG12345 console channel in 500 Series for the first time.
The TG Opto compressor borrows from the TG1 Opto counterpart, first introduced as part of the Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette in late 2016, and the modern studio classics, the TG1 Limiter, and TG12413 Zener Limiter. The TG Opto compressor for 500 Series is a double space, mono module, featuring continuous input, output (makeup gain), attack and release controls, sharp and rounded knees, and true bypass. The continuous controls, coupled with the option of sharp or rounded knees, allows the TG Opto to go from explosive on drums to subtle on sources such as vocals, where less obvious compression is desired.
The TG12345 MKIV equalizer for 500 Series is a single space, mono module, featuring a presence and bass control-set, as found on the historic EMI TG12345 recording and mixing console microphone cassettes. The presence section is a bell type with eight frequency options and out position, while the bass control is a dual frequency selectable shelving type. The TG12345 MKIV inherits the sweet smooth sound from Chandler Limited's acclaimed Curve Bender EQ itself, now one of the most desired equalizers of the modern recording studio era.
Pricing and Availability:
The TG Opto and TG12345 MKIV 500 Series modules will be shipping winter 2017.
U.S. street price: TG Opto $1195, TG12345 MKIV EQ $1095
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