Shell Rock, IA – July 2018… Chandler Limited, the only company in the world authorized to develop, manufacture and market the ‘Official Equipment’ of EMI/Abbey Road Studios, delivering the classic analog sounds that music producers and audio engineers crave, and Abbey Road Studios are excited for the nomination of the TG Opto compressor for NAMM's annual NAMM TEC Awards.
The TG Opto compressor module for API's 500 Series® format is the latest addition to the recording equipment manufacturer's EMI / Abbey Road Studios series.
The Chandler Limited TG Opto, launched aside the TG12345 MKIV EQ — a TG12345 Curve Bender for 500 series — during 2017. The combination release was the hotly awaited follow-up to the successful TG2-500 preamp and creates the first ever TG channel strip for the industry standard API 500 Series® format.
The TG Opto is descendant from from the TG1 Limiter and TG12413 Zener Limiter, retaining the ability to crush drums without rival, and more importantly, the sought-after EMI TG sound. The adoption of an opto for detection and the added selectable ‘rounded’ knee, allows the TG Opto to control a wide array of sources— including vocals —where the TG color is desired and the act of compression is less obvious.
From an historic perspective, the TG era begins at Abbey Road in November 1968, with the installation of the EMI TG12345 recoding console in studio's 'Studio Two', and making its debut on a recording by the Shadows. The solid-state transistor based TG12345 desk, was impressive for the time and featured compression and EQ on every channel, and in 1969 would leave its unique aural imprint on the Beatles final installment, ‘Abbey Road’. TG12345 mixing desks were the main recording consoles relied on throughout the studio until 1983 and used on many records and film scores including, John Lennon’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’, George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ and the soundtrack for Raiders of the Lost Ark. TG consoles were never commercially available.
Presently, the TG sound can be had and heard on records produced across a variety of genres, example include the vocals of celebrated recording artists, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry.