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 welcome the nomination of the TG Opto compressor for the 34th annual NAMM TEC Awards.
The TG Opto compressor for the API 500 Series® format, the recent addition to Chandler Limited’s much heralded EMI/Abbey Road Studios historic series, is the first opto-based compression processor to bare the esteemed EMI brand.
The Chandler Limited TG Opto was launched alongside the TG12345 MKIV (Curve Bender) 500 Series® EQ in the fall of 2017 to much fanfare from audio engineers, music producers, and recording enthusiasts looking for the now legendary EMI TG recording and mastering console sound.
The TG Opto compressor is adapted from the TG1 Limiter and its larger cousin, the TG12413 Zener Limiter, and retains the historic TG sound and unrivaled drum crushing characteristics. However, with the adoption of opto detection and the inclusion of a selectable ‘rounded’ knee, the TG Opto is amenable to a wide variety of sources— including vocals and other sensitive content —where the artifact of compression is desired to be less obvious.
The TG sound traces its origins to November 1968, with the installation of the EMI TG12345 recoding console in Abbey Road Studios’ Studio Two, replacing the REDD.51 valve console, debuting on a record by the Shadows. In 1969, the solid-state TG12345 recording desk — a first of its kind —featuring compression and EQ on every channel, would leave its warm and smooth sonic character on what would be the Beatles final album, ‘Abbey Road’. TG12345 mixing consoles became the main recording desks in use 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.
In a modern context, the TG sound can be heard on countless records across a variety of sources, and more specifically on the vocals of mega artists including, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry.