Chandler Limited, the only company in the world authorized to develop, manufacture and market the ʻOfficial Equipmentʼ of EMI/Abbey Road Studios, delivering the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, bolsters its lauded Abbey Road Studiosseries with addition of the TG Microphone Cassette to its historic product line.
The year was 1968 when EMI and Abbey Road Studios saw a change from the valve-driven REDD recording and mixing consoles to the transistorized TG12345 desk, a seminal moment that marked a qualitative shift in sound coming from the most famous studio in the world.
The EMI TG12345 desk was introduced as the most advanced recording console of its time, featuring 12 dual channel input cassettes, with expanded EQ, and for the first time ever, a compressor/limiter on every channel. The remarkable sonic quality of the new transistor TG recording console and its components would forever leave their mark on the Beatles “Abbey Road” and Pink Floydʼs “Dark Side of the Moon” albums, as well as recordings by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Rolling Stones.
The EMI TG12345 recording console would see multiple generations (Marks I-IV) before being retired from service at Abbey Road Studios in 1983. The TG desks were built exclusively by EMI for their studios and were never commercially available.
Today, Chandler Limited, renown for its reproduction of the classic EMI TG12345 tone set in a modern context, combines its highly acclaimed historic EMI/Abbey Road Studios series – TG1 Limiter, TG2 Pre Amp/DI and TG12345 Curve Bender EQ, into the ultimate TG Microphone Cassette.
The Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette delivers the historic TG sound with modern conveniences, flexibility, and something new – the TG1 Opto Limiter.
The three sections of the TG Microphone Cassette comprise a TG2 Pre Amp/DI coupled with a Curve Bender EQ section, including Treble, Bass, and Presence controls, and an independently patchable TG1 Opto Limiter.
The independently accessible TG1 Opto Limiter allows the TG Microphone Cassette the flexibility to be applied to multiple sources simultaneously. For producers, recording engineers and home studio enthusiasts looking to run a stereo pair on their mix bus, the TG Microphone Cassette can run at line level, and the TG1 Opto Limiter is linkable. For more specific feature details, visit the TG Microphone Cassette product page.
The introduction of the TG Microphone Cassette as an all-in-one TG recording chain reimagined for the modern era and the emergence of TG1 Opto Limiter is a significant development for Chandler Limited and Abbey Road Studios.
Remarking on the development of the TG Microphone Cassette, Wade Goeke, Chandler Limitedʼs founder and chief designer had this to say: “A complete TG channel strip is something Iʼve always wanted to do, and with the established popularity and success of our historic EMI TG series and many requests by our users, the time was ripe.” Wade continued: “When development of the cassette began some 18 months ago… we looked at the historic input modules, what weʼd accomplished with our modern day counterparts and what it would take to rejoin the components as a single unit. Drawing on our experience with the historic circuits and reimaging them for the modern studio, we felt we could deliver while bringing something new to the table.” When asked to expand on what was new, Wade shared: “Oh, thereʼs something really special. It turns out EMI had experimented with optos in their compression circuits, and well… now weʼve introduced the TG1 Opto Limiter. Iʼm super excited about this and Iʼm sure our users will love it!”
Abbey Road Studiosʼ Head of Audio Products, Mirek Stiles, added- “Itʼs amazing to think that todaysʼ engineers, artists and producers can record directly into their DAW and get the same sonic qualities Abbey Road engineers did throughout the ʻ60s and ʻ70s. This is the first time a complete TG channel strip or ʻcassetteʼ has been made available, outside of those lucky enough to have access to the originals. The unique tones from the TG preamps, compressor/limiter and EQ are unlike no other, and when combined helped shape the sound of classics from The Beatles ʻAbbey Roadʼ to the John Williams score for ʻRaiders of the Lost Arkʼ. Abbey Road Studios is proud to be working with Chandler Limited in creating hardware units that keep these legends alive.”
When can you you get a Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette?
Chandler Limited will begin shipping TG Microphone Cassettes to dealers worldwide June 2016.
U.S. street price: $2,849
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Julian Ludwig é diretor do Pro Áudio Clube, produtora de áudio Jacarandá, Loc On Demand e Jacarandá Licensing. Trabalhou para empresas como: Guaraná Antartica, TV Gazeta, NET, Chivas Regal, FNAC, Prefeitura de São Paulo, Mukeca Filmes, Agência LEW’LARA TBWA, Agencia MPM, Agência Content House entre outras. Fez trilhas para programas de TV como: Internet-se (Rede TV), Você Bonita (TV Gazeta), Mix Mulher (TV Gazeta), Os Impedidos (TV Gazeta), Estação Pet (TV Gazeta), CQC (TV Band) Vinheta Oficial TV Gazeta, entre outras. Também atuou em vários longas e curtas metragens, incluindo mixagem em 5.1 e serviços de pós-produção.