Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette

Mono Channel Strip with TG2 Pre-amp, Curve Bender EQ Section, and TG1 Opto Limiter
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Join Sweetwater and roll back the clock. The year is 1968, and EMI Studios London is in transition. Their classic, tube-driven REDD recording consoles are being replaced with the new, solid-state TG12345, soon to be used to forge the clean, punchy sound of the Beatles' Abbey Road album. What would you do for a channel strip from this legendary board? Chandler Limited, in close cooperation with Abbey Road Studios, brings you the TG Microphone Cassette, a full-featured channel strip that incorporates key elements of the historic desk. The Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette is comprised of three sections: Chandler's TG2 Pre-Amp, a Curve Bender EQ section (which includes Treble, Bass, and Presence controls), and the all-new TG1 Opto Limiter, which is independently patchable.

Groundbreaking sound quality

The EMI TG12345 was the most advanced recording console of its time. It featured 12 dual-channel input cassettes, with expanded equalization and a compressor/limiter on each channel. The groundbreaking sound quality of the new desk left its mark on recordings by the rock royalty of the era, including the Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon albums, and solo albums by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and the Rolling Stones. Never commercially available, the TG12345 desks were retired from service in 1983. But the legend lives on - in the Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette.

Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette Features:
  • A mono channel strip based on the legendary EMI TG12345 console
  • XLR Preamp/EQ input and output
  • TG1 Opto Limiter I/O separately patchable
  • Link jack for stereo operation with a second unit
  • Coarse Gain +70dB (stepped, +20 to +60dB), Fine Gain (Variable +/-10dB)
  • Rumble Filter: 6 frequencies (33, 41, 47, 65, 82, 110Hz), Bypass
  • Curve Bender EQ: Treble shelf, Bass shelf, Presence (Out, 300Hz, 500Hz, 1.2k, 3.6k, 6.5k), Bypass
  • TG1 Opto Limiter: Hold, Attack, Release, Knee (Rounded/Sharp), Output (makeup gain), Bypass
  • Front-panel instrument jack, DI switch, Line switch, Phase (polarity) invert
  • 48-volt Phantom power (switchable)
  • *Note: requires external PSU-1 power supply (available separately)
Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette: patch into a legend!

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Analog Preamp, Opto Limiter
Number of Channels Single channel strip
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Treble/Bass Shelf EQ, 6 low cut filters
Compressor Opto Limiter
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (preamp, EQ), 1 x XLR (compressor), 1 x 1/4" (DI)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR (preamp, EQ), 1 x XLR (compressor), 1 x 1/4" (link)
Rack Spaces 2U
Manufacturer Part Number TG Microphone Cassette

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Thank you, Chandler!

I was interested in the Chandler Mic Cassette because I am a long time Beatles fan, completely fascinated by their recording process and equipment. However, this review won't be about how "Beatles-y" the unit is, as I haven't recorded the Beatles in my studio, nor any songs that sound like the Beatles. I'm just going to talk about the unit in general. I ordered two, and have spent just a little time with them. And what I can tell you so far is: I don't know if I've ever been so happy in my whole life. For starters- the units look great. Beautiful. Thank god someone is making equipment that's fun to look at. And the build quality appears to be really good. Solid units. The mic preamps sound really nice. I look forward to using a variety of mics with them, and playing around with the input/output gain. I've run entire mixes through the preamps, and they seem to add a really sweet, subtle color. Let's call it a "transparent color." Things coming out of them just sound better. I was really pleased with the limiters, too. I'm still getting used to the available subtleties. Adding "a little" compression at first seems like you're adding nothing at all. But wait- it's there. And it's really lovely. And when you really put the pedal to the metal, it's quite astonishing. Yes, you definitely hear that you're squashing the heck out of things, but it's such a musical sound...you can really go overboard and it still sounds great- they're a real pleasure to work with. And funny, I thought the EQ would be the most "boring" part of the unit. But no- I was really blown away. The EQ consists of a bass and treble control (both shelving) and a variable presence control. A great example of "less is more." Each control manages to add (or subtract) its frequencies without adding any harshness. More treble has rarely sounded so good. I ran an entire mix through the pres's, limiting, an EQ with great results. I also like how the limiters can be used independently of the preamp and EQ (so you can use the preamp for one mic while limiting the signal for another). Nice flexibility. The units are fairly quiet, too. When I used them on the main bus of my board, added noise was only discernible when I had the units wide open and the control room volume all the way up. One note that should be added to the user manual: the power supply needs to be kept away from the units. I had the supply on top of the rack that held the units at first and it DID add quite a bit of noise- but not after I moved it a few feet away. As I said, I'm just getting started with this thing. I can't wait to use it some more, and some more Chandler units are definitely on my list as my next big purchases. I'm really interested in the REDD mic pre and the RS124 compressor. Oh, I will own you all, my pretties!
Music background: Musician/Producer
See also: Chandler Limited, Chandler Limited Channel Strips