Chandler Limited TG2-500 Microphone Preamp

500 Series Mic/Line Preamp with Discrete Transformer-balanced Amplifiers and Summing - Based on the EMI TG12428
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Classic Abbey Road Preamp - in a 500 Series Module!

The Chandler Limited TG2-500 500 Series mic/line preamp module is a spot-on re-creation of the rare EMI TG12428, found in the recording and mastering consoles of EMI (and later Abbey Road) studios in the late '60s and early '70s. The TG2-500 is built using the original TG12428 schematics. Put the sound of the preamp used in such iconic recordings as The Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in your 500 Series rack. Order your TG2-500 from Sweetwater today!

Chandler Limited TG2-500 500 Series Mic/Line Preamp at a Glance:
  • There's history behind this amazing-sounding pre
  • You get warmth and punch - plus an open, airy high end
  • Put this in your rack and brace yourself for some serious tone
There's history behind this amazing-sounding pre

The Chandler Limited TG2-500 500 Series module is a re-creation of the rare EMI TG12428 preamp fitted in EMI/Abbey Road recording and mastering consoles of the late '60s and early '70s. This instantly identifiable sound was used on many legendary Abbey Road recordings, including The Beatles Abbey Road and Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon.

You get warmth and punch - plus an open, airy high end

The Chandler Limited TG2-500 500 Series preamp module incorporates the same discrete transformer-balanced amplifiers as the TG Series limiter, giving you a creamy, smooth tone with an open, airy high end. The sound, as described by many users, is imbued with vintage warmth and punch - but with a more open top end. The unit does indeed have a small rise in its high frequency response, along with some warmth-inducing distortion which contribute to its unique, punchy sound.

Put this in your rack and brace yourself for some serious tone

Chandler Limited's TG2-500 500 Series preamp was built from the original EMI TG12428 design notes and circuit board drawings provided by Abbey Road and EMI. With a genealogy like that, this preamp's a no-brainer. When you plug into the Chandler Limited TG2-500 Abbey Road Special Edition preamp, you plug into the sound behind some of the most memorable recordings in classic rock history. Put one (or more) of these preamps in your 500 Series rack and brace yourself for some serious tone.

Chandler Limited TG2-500 500 Series Mic/Line Preamp Features:
  • Topology based closely on the original EMI TG12428 at EMI/Abbey Road studio
  • Discrete transformer-balanced amplifiers produce a warm tone with clear highs and rich lows
  • Input gain ranges from +20dB to +50dB
  • 48V phantom power, phase reverse, and an impedance switch
  • Impedance switch toggles between 300 ohms and 1200 ohms, to match any mic
  • Channel output gain control lets you run the input gain hot for extra color
  • Requires compatible 500 Series chassis
Get legendary sound, with the Chandler Limiter TG2-500!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
Manufacturer Part Number TG2-500

Customer Reviews

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Man, what can I say, if there is such a thing called magic, this baby's got it !!! I think Chandler Ltd. is using some of Santa's Elves to build this stuff... I know they are made in Iowa and by sweet little ladies... I seen the Youtube video.... But, there is something really, really special about the TG-2's circuitry that gives it a personality of it's own... I've tested it on Bass Guitar and Voice and can't wait to see how it sounds on Drum's and Guitar.... This Pre has way more offer, than its history.... My hat is off to Wade, of Chandler, for his innovated spirit.... And his little Elves... Thanks to my buddy Will Newbill for all his help.. Mike

Holy Mother

This thing is just too friggin awesome. I spent 2 years looking at what 500 series pre I wanted. Bugging the hell out of Carson McClain at Sweetwater the whole time. Looked at API, A-designs, Neve, Great river, Focusrite and Shadow Hills even the 737 Avalon. The tone options of this are off the chain. Carson helped me without fail the whole way through the selection process. If you could have one 500 series pre, this is THE ONE

Toy Car Studios

We love this thing! Very amazing pre! This thing has been amazing on Guitars!

Very Special Preamp

This preamp has beautiful aesthetics, even nicer looking in-hand than in the web photos. The color is more of a battleship grey with large red, black, and blue chicken-head switches for the coarse gain, fine gain, and output controls. The coarse gain travels in 5dB detents, with a firm tactile response, while the fine gain and output controls are continuously variable, smooth and consistent. Judging simply by physical appearance, it is clear that many hours and some great choices went into the design of this unit. The overall impression is solid and satisfyingly "vintage." I tested in mic mode only, although there is a line mode, both of which are discrete and transformer balanced. Through a pair of KM-84s, the sound from a Martin acoustic guitar model SPD-16 was much fuller and present than through any preamp I have previously tried, and really had a beautiful sparkle as the music ventured into the higher registers. Switching to a Neumann M149 on male voiceover, I was rather floored by the resonant and deep sound that was immediately presented without resorting to EQ, as often is necessary with the M149. This unit truly offers impressive sound, distinctly analogue and very gratifying to the source. I bought this unit to add some additional flavor to complement my Avalon, API, and Neve preamps. I was looking for something uniquely EMI / Abbey Road "-ish" and this unit surely delivers. What genuinely took me by surprise was the aesthetic quality, the tank-like build, and the actual high fidelity character of this preamp. It is really a stellar product and a fantastic addition to the toolbox.
Music background: Studio Owner

Chandler LTD TG2-500

I bought two of these pres because of hearing an acoustic guitar track and a vocal track that were recorded on them (that was part of a video advertisement for the preamps that I found on the internet.) I felt that I could hear the guitar sound from Here Comes The Sun, even in the relatively lo-fi presentation of what I'm sure was an mp3. After I had them I recorded a friend with one Neumann TLM 103 through one of the Chandlers. She didn't begin the experiment with much enthusiasm but when I played her that recording of her sitting on my sofa strumming an acoustic guitar and singing she got excited about recording some of her songs in the same solo manner. On the night that she came over I had spent the whole day doing things to the room for acoustic treatment and was in more of a state of disarray than I would have liked, to say the least. Then I was having routing problems (my own dumb mistake) and, for awhile I was unable to get the Chandlers to work, so I plugged her into a series of other preamps, including a Neve 8801, which I thought sounded pretty good. She's no expert but she wasn't hearing what she had heard that made her want to do this project. Finally, I got the Chandlers routed correctly and right away the big smile came back to both of our faces. Now, I've ordered two more. I wish I could have enough of them that I could always be sure that I had the option of using them, no matter how large the ensemble.
Music background: Pro songwriter, guitarist, and occasional recording artist

Sweetwater Advice

Thomas Leahy

I've used Chandler Limited's TG2-500 with ribbon mics on acoustics and found the texture to be forgiving and soft. This preamp delivers big transformer tone with tight and accurate low end that doesn't muffle or degrade my sound in anyway. It's particularly amazing on finger picked acoustic guitar, where it sounds light and airy, without being harsh or brittle.
See also: 500 Series Pre, Chandler Limited, Chandler Limited 500 Series Preamps