Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII Microphone Preamp

500 Series Preamp
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Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII Microphone Preamp image 1
$995.00
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Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII Microphone Preamp
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Classic Germanium Sound in a Modular Format!

The Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII 500 series preamp gives you classic Germanium Pre Amp sound in a conveniently modular format. From Neve to Fairchild, it's no wonder that germanium transistors have been used in some of the greatest audio gear of all time. That's why Chandler decided to build their Germanium series around this tried-and true technology. And with the Germ 500 MkII, you can put this same sound right in your 500 series rack. Discover the secret weapon many of today's top engineers swear by, order your Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII 500 series preamplifier today!

Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII 500 Series Preamplifier at a Glance:
  • Feedback control lets you dial in the perfect tone
  • Thick setting lets you add extra dimension to your sound
  • Time-tested Germanium sound
Feedback control lets you dial in the perfect tone

The Germ 500 MkII's Feedback control is the key to its incredible tone-shaping ability. Like all amplifiers, the Germ 500 MkII uses feedback (the process of feeding the output signal back into the input of the amplifier) to boost gain. But unlike typical preamplifiers, Chandler Limited's Germ 500 MkII lets you control the amount of signal that's fed back. The Feedback control affects more than just gain, it alters the overall character of the unit, including its total harmonic distortion and frequency response, allowing you to perfectly sculpt the contour of your tone.

Thick setting lets you add extra dimension to your sound

One of the features that makes Chandler Limited's full-sized Germanium Pre Amp stand out is its Thick function, which is why they chose to include it when they designed the Germ 500 MkII. This subtle tone-shaping control makes the Germ 500 MkII perfect for adding a gentle low-end swell to sources that sound weak or thin. You'll particularly love the way the Germ 500 MkII's Thick function adds weight to the sound of guitars.

Time-tested Germanium sound

Equipped with genuine germanium-transistor-based Drive and Feedback circuits, the Germ 500 MkII lets you dial in luscious lows and creamy highs. Germanium transistors have been instrumental in the most revered preamplifiers and signal processors for decades. That's why Chandler Limited uses germanium transistors in many of their most popular models. With a Germ 500 MkII, that same signature sound is more accessible than ever before!

Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII 500 Series Preamplifier Features:
  • The sound and functionality of a Chandler Germanium Pre Amp, in a handy 500 series modular format
  • Class A, germanium-transistor-based drive and feedback circuits for genuine Germanium tone
  • An impressive 65dB of total amplification lets you use an kind of microphone, even low-output ribbons
  • Feedback control allows you to dial in the tonal contour, letting you control the character of your sound
  • Thick control introduces a subtle rise to your low end - perfect for adding girth to guitar tone
  • Front-panel instrument input provides easy access for tracking guitar and bass
  • -15dB pad switch provides a total of 70dB of dynamic range
Put germanium in your 500 Series rack, with Chandler Limited's Germ 500 MkII!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
Germ 500 MkII Cue Sheet
Germ 500 MkII User Manual

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
Manufacturer Part Number Germ 500 MKII Pre Amp

Customer Reviews

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Best mic pre I own .
4.5/5

Fuzzy and thick on synths

A bit pricey for a 500 series, but I love my stereo pair. The Thick button bumps back some low end, as some folks say these and the rackmounts drop some lows. I track Moog bass through them a lot. The only gripe is a lack of visual metering, but it's true to the original IMO.
Music background: Pro Musician
See also: 500 Series Pre, Chandler Limited, Chandler Limited 500 Series Preamps