The Chandler Limited TG Channel is a 1U rack-mountable single-channel mic preamp and equaliser unit inspired by '60s EMI designs from Abbey Road Studios.
The TG Channel combines the preamp and output stages of the CHandler TG2 preamp with a passive, inductor-based 3 band EQ borrowed form the mastering version of the TG console.
The preamp section replicates the TG12428 circuit based on 2 pairs of BC214 and BC184 transistors, while a third pair produces the make-up gain in the passive EQ stage, which uses three large ferrite inductor coils. The EQ module is a three-band semi-parametric design with a dedicated 'off' switch for each of the frequency selectors - allowing for the bypassing of unused bands. On the high end, the frequencies marked in yellow have a capacitor-based high shelf while the lower frequencies (marked in white) make us of a peaking bell curve using both capacitance and inductance.
In use, the TG Channel has an inherently British sound, bearing comparison with the early Neve preamps. The preamp section is great for adding body and infusing life into a recording, while being exceptionally good at providing the infamous 'transistor fizz' whenever the input is pushed harder. On the EQ section, the unit bears resemblances with a Pultec or a Lang program EQ as it has a very open and airy top, a focused mid-range and solid low end. The selection of peaking EQ and shelving options make the TG Channel a versatile unit in most situations.
TG CHANNEL MKII SPECIFICATIONS:
CIRCUIT: Discrete, Transistor
Mic Input: -15db to +65db, 5db increments
Line Input: +15db to -15db
Mic Input: XLR, Transformer Balanced, Pin 2 Hot, Input Impedance - 600 Ohm
Line Input: Input Impedance - 10k
DI, 1/4" Unbalanced
Phantom Power: +48v
Requires the Chandler Limited PSU-1 MKII power supply
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