The TG Limiter ended up with a very special sound all its own. The limiting element is a rarely seen diode network that produces smooth, pleasing distortion. Remarkable for vocal work in all genres as well as a parallel compressor for drum busses and room sounds the TG-1 is a truly unique sound not found in any other piece of equipment at any price.
Chandler TG-1 features
The Chandler Limited TG1 Abbey Road Special Edition is a recreation of the classic EMI TG12413 Limiter used in custom EMI and Abbey Road recording and mastering consoles from the late 60's. The TG Limiter was originally designed to be like the Fairchild 660/670 which was loved by many EMI engineers, including Geoff Emerick, but ended up with a very special sound all its own. These rare pieces were never commercially available and only EMI owned studios had access to them. Chandler's version has been remade from the original design information and circuit board drawings as provided by Abbey Road and EMI to ensure extreme authenticity.
The Limiter/Compressor features an all discrete circuit with transformer balanced input and output. The limiting element is a rarely seen diode network that produces smooth, pleasing distortion. The warm open sound, often compared to a Fairchild 670 set to stun, is very audible and squishy sounding while maintaining its clarity and high frequency response.
Harmonic Distortion Function This option allows bypassing of the compressor/limiter threshold but leaves all circuits in the signal path, turning the unit into a powerful Harmonic Distortion generator capable of kicking out up to 2% Total Harmonic Distortion. Thats more than 2 times the amount of analog tape! And all with 100% discrete transformer balanced circuits. Adjust the input for amount of THD and the output to match level. Try running Distortion on one channel and hard limiting on the other. The ultimate in retro! This option is placed on the back of the unit with a toggle switch for each channel.
Input Control All TG1 units ship with audio taper input controls. These new pots give better control of the unit at lower amounts of compression, better overall resolution of the limiter, and allows the user to get "less" gain reduction from the unit.
Faster Compress Release With 250 ms as the fastest release on the compressor section we sometimes have requests for changes. Our usual answer, halving the release times with just a couple component changes, is often preferred for mix buss applications.
Limiter/Compressor This switch selects between compress and limit function of the unit. The limiter has a very classic pumping/breathing sound, and while the compressor is less drastic sounding it has a sound all its own. Both can be mean and nasty or more subtle depending on the Hold and Recovery settings (see below). As a general rule limit might be more usable for tracking and effect type sounds, while comp might be better for mixing...
This control functions as input gain/threshold (like an 1176). Crank this up and adjust the output to really hear it work! Please note that with this control all the way down you will get no sound.
Stereo Link When linked in stereo you must set the release time on both channels to the same setting.
Connections All connections are transformer balanced with pin #2 hot.
• 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
• Controls include output/gain make up, hold, recovery, compress/limit select, stereo link and hardwire bypass.
• Input impedance 300 ohms
• Output impedance 600 ohms
• Maximum Output +28dbm
• Noise -75dbm
• Frequency response Flat 15hz to 20khz
• Distortion .22% with hold @ full
Power These units are designed to use Chandler Limited PSU-1 external power supply.
The pinout is as follows:
• chassis & b-