The Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette is a full featured channel strip, combining element of the EMI / Abbey Road Studios TG12345 recording and mastering consoles of the late 60s and 70s. Get the iconic sound of Abbey Road on your music, whether tracking, mixing, or mastering with the TG Microphone Cassette.
The Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette finally delivers a true channel strip of the cassette found in the famed EMI TG12345 desk. Not simply a smash-up of the TG2 Mic Preamp / TG Channel, TG1 Compressor, and the TG Channel/ Curve Bender EQ, the Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette replicates the basic feature set found in what is an actual channel microphone cassette of the EMI TG12345 desk - but also delivers incredibly useful features, including the Rumble Filter of the REDD.47, changing the compression circuit to an electro-optical design, and separate access to the compressor from the rest of the microphone cassette. Chandler Limited's critically acclaimed TG1 Limiter, TG2 Pre-Amp, and Curve Bender EQ, each known for their remarkable reproduction of the EMI TG sound, have been combined to form the ultimate TG Microphone Cassette reimagined to work in a modern recording studio context.
Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette Features
- PRE-AMP: The pre-amp section of the TG Microphone Cassette makes use of the Chandler Limited TG2 pre-amplifier based on the vintage EMI TG12428. The TG2 pre-amp section includes switchable coarse and variable fine gain adjustment controls for up to +70db overall gain, selectable LINE, DI, 48V phantom power, phase reverse, and switchable rumble filter (low cut.) The TG2 pre-amp section is coupled directly to the Curve Bender equalizer section.
- EQ: The TG Microphone Cassette's equalizer section is derived from the famed and greatly expanded Chandler Limited EMI TG12345 Curve Bender EQ. The Curve Bender EQ section provides Hi and Low shelf, frequency selectable presence, output control, and bypass functionality. The Curve Bender EQ section is the second stage of the TG2 pre-amp section, and the EQ output control works as a fader would on a console.
- LIMITER: The compressor/limiter section of the TG Microphone Cassette is a special adaptation of the Chandler Limited TG1 Limiter tracing its lineage to the historic EMI TG12413 mixing and mastering console limiters. EMI technical engineers experimented with the use of optos in their audio compressors, and now for the first time ever Chandler Limited introduces the TG1 Opto Limiter. The TG1 Opto Limiter section of the TG Microphone Cassette is patchable apart from the TG pre-amp and EQ, allowing for independent use of the compressor/limiter on other sources. The TG1 Opto is stereo linkable to a second unit via a standard 1/4 cable. The TG1 Opto Limiter's feature-set includes: HOLD, Attack, Release, selectable sharp/rounded knee, output or makeup gain, and true bypass.
- POWER: All TG units require and function on the PSU-1, Chandler Limited power supply. The PSU-1 has an internal switch for setting voltage to 120V or 220V (115V/230V). For more information please call us at 888-228-4530.
Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette Specifications
- Channels: Mono
- TG2 Preamp: Transistor amplifier
- Mic/Line: XLR Input (Transformer balanced, Mic 300Ω Impedance)
- DI: 1/4 Unbalanced
- Maximum gain: +70db, Coarse Gain (Stepped +20 to +60db), Fine Gain (Variable +/-10db)
- Rumble Filter (Low Cut): 6 Frequencies (Out, 33,41,47,65,82,110hz)
- Phantom power: Phantom (+48V)
- Phase: 0-180º
- Curve Bender EQ: Treble/Bass Shelf, Presence (Out, 300hz,500hz,1.2k,3.6k,6.5k), Output control, Bypass, XLR Output
- TG1 Opto Limiter: Independently patachable (XLR I/O), Hold, Attack, Release, Knee (Sharp/Rounded), Output (makeup gain), Bypass, Linkable (1/4 Jack)
- Power: External/PSU-1, Purchased separately
Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette Includes
- Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette
- One Year Limited Warranty
What We Think
"The Chandler Limited TG Microphone Cassette is for anyone who loves recording gear and true classic tones. "Microphone Cassette" is classic EMI / Abbey Road terminology for the module which was able to be inserted and removed from the console. The name perfectly reflects the console module/cassette that the channel strip recreates; a fully functional channel strip, packed with historic designs - and some relatively new things, to boot.
The TG Microphone Cassette is best suited in stereo pairs. The TG Microphone Cassette is more than a single channel strip; it's Compressor can be accessed independently of the MicPre/EQ path. In a pair, you could be recording overdubs while dedicating your compressors to the stereo bus or a subgroup, perhaps. Either way, this is a welcome flexibility. Any way you slice it, the TG Microphone Cassette is a slice of vintage analogue heaven. What's surprising is to find this unit, which offers so much, to be a good bit under $3000. I don't think it's unrealistic for us to have assumed that this unit with all it's features and offerings, would have been much, much closer to $4000 (if not over). So, it's nice to see such super-premium equipment as Chandler Limited becoming a bit more affordable (especially their commitment to increasing their 500-series offerings, of late). So, if you want the sound which hung more than a few platinum albums on some pretty prestigious walls, the Chandler TG Microphone Cassette eclipses most gear as THE place to start.
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I use two channels of the cassette because I process stereo stems from my DAW through it. I also record my drum machines and V Drums TD50x through it. Overall I am impressed by the many ways you can affect tone when recording with the Microphone Cassette. The latest project I am tracking for is myself playing the TD50X V Drums. So the first thing I did was use the line input button then I nudged the rumble filter to 33 in order to high pass the low end from the kick drum coming in. The next thing I did was us the fine gain control to reduce the preamp signal by 3dB. I learned from talking to Chandler support that you can add brightness going positive on the fine gain or go dark by going negative on the fine gain.This adds a slightly dark presence to my kit. Then I activated the sharp knee compressor but kept my gain reduction to -2dB. I noticed I raised the makeup gain to 4dB because I liked the tone the compressor gave. Last but not least I lowered the treble by 1dB, raised the bass to 2dB to bring back the low end. Then I used a little bit of presence EQ at 300 and boosted the EQ output to 6 dB. In the end I transformed the « Stadium Rock » preset which sounds a lot like Oasis’ « What’s the Story Morning Glory » to a kit that sounds more like Ringo on Abbey Road. I’m very happy with this purchase. I also like Chandler Support’s help so much after buying these channels. I had some technical questions and they gave me good advice on how to use the Microphone Cassette based on the project I am recording.