The Chandler Limited TG2 is a recreation of the rare EMI TG12428 pre amp used in EMI/Abbey Road recording and mastering consoles used in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The sound was used on many famous recordings done at Abbey Road including The Beatles “Abbey Road” and Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon.” The amplifiers were also used in many EMI circuits of the time. Our version was remade from original design notes and circuit board drawings, provided by Abbey Road and EMI to ensure extreme authenticty!
This pre features the same discrete transformer balanced amplifiers as the TG series limiter and offers a creamy, smooth tone with a surprisingly open, clear top end (dare we say nicer than Neve….) The sound, as explained by many users, has the Neve “warmth” and punch, but with a “nicer” expanded top end. In fact the unit does have a small rise in its top end frequency response and some warmth inducing distortion which contribute to its sound.
Please note: This product requires the Chandler PSU-1 – not included.
Controls include fifteen position input switch, output fader, high impedance DI, phase reverse, and 48 volt switching.
Input gain control– Features a 1200 ohm transformer balanced input with 5-75 db of gain.
Output– Functioning as a console fader, this control is placed after the gain stage and before the output stage. This allows for trimming of the input signal between the 5 db steps on the input switch, as well as allowing the user to run the input very hot (for extra coloration) without distorting the recorder. In most cases this will be left in the full position.
Direct in– This is an unbalanced high impedance input for guitar, bass, samples etc. The DI switch on the front panel can also be used as a mute switch when using the rear panel mic input.
Phase reverse– Reverses polarity of the input stage of the pre amp.
48 volt phantom power– Power for condenser microphones such as AKG C414 and Neumann U87. This will destroy ribbon mics, so use caution when connecting those types.
Warming up tracks– The TG2s warm, natural sound can be used to spice up already recorded tracks or even entire mixes. Just run them through the mic inputs on the rear panel, set the input to minimum(+5db), and back off the output slightly to make unity gain. You may even want to run the gain at higher settings to add extra coloration (this can be fun).
Connection– All inputs and outputs are transformer balanced with pin 2 hot.
Power– The TG 2 is designed to use Chandler Limited PSU-1 external power supply (NOT INCLUDED). The pinout is as follows:
- chassis and b-
- +48 volt
- +24 volt
- – 24 volt
- Input gain; 5 to 75db
- Input impedance; 1200 ohms
- Output impedance; 600 ohms
- Maximum Output; +28db
- Frequency response; Flat from 20hz to 3khz rising to +1.8db @ 16khz
- Noise; -85dbm
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