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 recording and professional musicians seek, and Abbey Road Studios is excited for the nomination of the TG Opto compressor for the 34th annual NAMM TEC Awards.
The TG Opto compressor for API’s 500 Series® format is the latest addition to the celebrated pro audio manufacturer’s EMI/Abbey Road Studios historic series, and the first opto-based compressor to hold the EMI badge.
The Chandler Limited TG Opto was launched with the TG12345 MKIV EQ — a TG12345 Curve Bender for 500 series — in 2017 to great acclaim. The anticipated follow-up releases to the successful TG2-500 preamplifier, brings to fruition, the first ever complete TG channel for API’s 500 Series® format.
The TG Opto— derived from the forbearing TG1 Limiter and TG12413 Zener Limiter —carries the iconic drum smashing characteristic and EMI TG sound. However, making use of an opto for detection and inclusion of an selectable ‘rounded’ knee and variable attack and release times, turns the TG Opto into a dual personality unit. Incorporating the new features allows the TG Opto to expand beyond the traditional circuit, and to be applied to a greater range of scenarios, including vocals.
TG desks made their debut at the famed EMI Studios (Abbey Road) in November of 1968, with the installation of the EMI TG12345 recording console into the studio’s ‘Studio Two’. The transistorized TG12345 recording desk, was impressive for its time, with compression and EQ on every channel of the desk — a first in the recording studio world —and in 1969 left its remarkable sonics on The Beatles’ album ‘Abbey Road’.
TG12345 recording and mastering consoles, were employed throughout the studio until 1983. During their tenure at Abbey Road the TG consoles in their various revisions, would grace virtually every session with its sound, 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 desks and their highly desired sound were never commercially available outside of EMI studios, until reintroduction of the re-imagined designs to the modern recording era, by Chandler Limited. The TG sound lives on today and can be heard on many Grammy award-wining releases, and asa point of references, the vocals of celebrated recording artists, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry.