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  Chandler Ltd. TG-1
TG1 EMI/Abbey Road edition limiter
List price: $4000, call for price quote

The Chandler TG1 Abbey Road Edition is a recreation of the rare and classic limiter/compressor in custom EMI/Abbey Road recording and mastering consoles used on the Beatles 'Let It Be' and and Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'. The Chandler TG-1 provides a cohesive & powerful richness to tracks; call to arrange a demo. Requires PSU-1 external power supply.

The Chandler TG1 Abbey Road/EMI special edition limiter compressor features an all discrete circuit with two channels of transformer balanced inputs and outputs. The limiting element is a rarely seen diode network that produces smooth, euphonic distortion. The Chandler TG-1 has been compared to a hard-driven Fairchild 670: very audible and squishy-sounding while maintaining clarity. The TG1 is now part of the EMI/ Abbey Road Special series and now has additional cool graphics.

The Chandler TG1 limiters has 'THD' switches so you can run your signal through the transformers without going through the compressor/limiter section, useful if you just want some tranny character without any additional level enhancement. Chandler calls their TG1 limiter the THD machine. Who are we to disagree?

Sonics: The Chandler TG1 can produce anything from a smooth vintage warmth to total psychedelic limiting simply by varying the gain. Boosting an e.q. in the side-chain input makes the TG1 clamp down hard and produce cool pumping sounds. 5k on a vocal and 5k and 50hz on a drum room mic will give a lovely Beatles Sgt. Pepper flashback.

Compressor/Limiter- The limiter produces a classic pumping/breathing sound, and the compressor is less drastic, though with a sound all its own.
Hold- This control functions as input gain/threshold (like an 1176).
Recovery- Limit Mode 0.05, 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 1, & 2 seconds
Compress mode 0.25, 0.5, 1.20, 2.5, 5, & 10 seconds
Attack- Limit Mode 8ms charging time
Compress Mode 47ms charging time
Output/Gain make up- A 21 position switch (1db steps) allowing +/-10dB of output

TG1 ordering options

1. The Chandler TG1 can be ordered (or retrofitted) with 21 position audio taper switch input controls in place of continously variable pots. This is basically for repeatability of input settings. Using gold contact Elma switches and 1% metal film resistors, this option offers the ultimate in sound, control, resolution, and recallability. Cost is $200.

2. The Chandler TG1 recovery (release) times can be expanded to 11 positions offering five additional settings that are in between the 6 standard settings. With the new switch, the limit time constants become 50, 75, 100, 175, 250, 375, 500, 750ms, 1, 1.5, and 2 seconds. The compress time constants become 250, 375, 500, 850ms, 1.2, 1.75, 2.5, 3.75 5, 7.5, and 10 seconds. This option uses highest quality Elma gold contact switches and 1% metal film resistors. Cost is $175.

3. With 250 ms as the fastest release on the compressor section, Chandler there have been some requests for halving the release times for mix buss applications. There is no charge for ordering this option and Chandler will upgrade an existing TG1 for only the cost of shipping.

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