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Old 6th June 2002
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Chandler Limited EMI compressor

Did anybody have a chance to check this out yet. I had one at the studio for the last 3 days and as usual the demo unit will never go back out of the studio door.

It has a very c o l o r f u l sound and squeezes the heck out of things. It seems to add "bigness" to the sound. It sounded great on single tracks and on the 2-mix.

Anybody else tried this?

Also checked out the Chandler Limited LTD-1 mic pre. I like it a lot, very smooth EQ, tons of headroom. The sound of the pre was not quite as BIG as the VIPRE, but had a more creamy (?) midrange. I'm waiting for a NEVE 1073 and a Schep SN8 to compare to the LTD-1, should be in tomorrow.
Old 8th June 2002
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Great to hear the news on the comp, and very keen to hear your shoot out opinions against the 1073!

Old 8th June 2002
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Re: Chandler Limited EMI compressor

Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener


Also checked out the Chandler Limited LTD-1 mic pre. I like it a lot, very smooth EQ, tons of headroom. The sound of the pre was not quite as BIG as the VIPRE, but had a more creamy (?) midrange. I'm waiting for a NEVE 1073 and a Schep SN8 to compare to the LTD-1, should be in tomorrow.
Since thy're currently not racked, you wanna borrow my pair of Vitech X73's for your comparison?
Old 8th June 2002
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wow Dave, thanx for the offer.

Unfortunately, the Chandler had to go back already (demo unit) and the Scheps and the NEVE 1073 didn't make it here yet. I will attempt another comparison in July and it would be great if I could take you up on your offer then. Maybe we can do it together, if you have time.
Old 8th June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener
wow Dave, thanx for the offer.

Unfortunately, the Chandler had to go back already (demo unit) and the Scheps and the NEVE 1073 didn't make it here yet. I will attempt another comparison in July and it would be great if I could take you up on your offer then. Maybe we can do it together, if you have time.
Sure - I live to learn about new toys...
Old 9th June 2002
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cool, let's get together at the Station Inn July 1st and we hack out a plan how to do it.

Sounds like fun...
Old 9th June 2002
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Originally posted by mwagener
cool, let's get together at the Station Inn July 1st and we hack out a plan how to do it.

Sounds like fun...
I'll be there!
Old 11th June 2002
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Looking forward to the results, as I'm about to buy a Neve-a-like myself. Hmmm... which one...?
Old 11th June 2002
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I have a pair of the original EMI tg-12143 limiter modules.

Apparently there are only a dozen of these to be claimed for around the world, who knows.

Either way, I'm selling them because they are worth quite a bit more to others than they are to me.

I am a younger guy that would make much better use of a Vintech X-73, and a 1176 or Distressor.

If anyone's interested, let me try to take a pic or two to post before I ship em off.

Did I mention I found them at a clearance sale kinda deal?
Old 15th June 2002
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Jay

you might want to contact Wade at Chandler Limited http://www.chandlerlimited.com/ .
He might be interested in the EMI stuff and maybe you can trade him for a LTD-1 , Chandler's version of the 1073.
Old 16th June 2002
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OK, before I liked the EMI, now I LOVE it. rollz yuktyy

Today I messed around with the "limit" function (as opposed to the comp function) with fast release times and this thing kicks serious butt. It sounds like an 1176 in british mode and on STEROIDS. It squeezes drums in a great way and adds some kind of harmonic distortion that glues everything together. Can't wait for the mix next week.
Old 17th June 2002
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What kind of knee does the EMI have? Does it seem to be a pretty useful tool that you can use on a lot of different things or is it kind of limited in it's applications?
Old 17th June 2002
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He said - "limited"!

Old 17th June 2002
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Not quite sure about the knee, it does not sound like a hard curve. It does not have a lot of controls: 1 switch for mono stereo operation, 1 switch for bypass (hardwire) each channel, 1 switch for comp/limit each channel, 1 knob/pot for what they call "hold" controls an input level/threshold combo each channel, a mutiposition switch for release time each channel (very effective) and a multiposition switch for output level on each channel.

The unit is very colorful as described before and does add harmonic distortion, at least to my ear, that might "limit" the range of applications. I probably wouldn't use it on the mix bus (will try anyway), but it sounds great for mixed-in drum compression and tracking. A bit too noticable on an acoustic guitar (using the Summits instead) but great on vocals. Lotsa glue. The best I can describe it's extreme setting, is like the 1176 in british mode but more extreme and a little smoother.
Old 18th June 2002
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What's the street price on the Chandler Limiter?
Old 19th June 2002
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Hi there, mwagener. I'm really interested in the Chandler stuff - but realistically to buy it it would have to be "sight" unheard over here.

Any more insights how it compares to the 1176? At the moment this (the 1176) is at the top of my list to obtain at the end of July, but the EMI connection is pretty irresistable.
How good on vocals for instance IS it? Is the honeymoon over or is it still chocolates and smiles across the breakfast table?

Is it a case of must have both?

Would much appreciate any further comments you could give.

Kind regards
From the land so far away sometimes from good gear
Old 20th June 2002
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stedel

No honeymoon is not over yet, love that machine.

As a true gearslut I would have to advice to buy both heh . The EMI is more of a "special" unit with a very distinct sound, different enough that I instantly wanted it in my collection. The 1176 could probably be used on more occasions. I have not tried the EMI on vocals yet (in the middle of guitar dubs), will report back after I do.
Old 21st June 2002
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Borrowed 2 LTD-1's for guitar and in true gear slut style, just HAVE to have one...grggt
Old 21st June 2002
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Originally posted by drundall
Borrowed 2 LTD-1's for guitar and in true gear slut style, just HAVE to have one...grggt
Way to go, Darian, might come in handy in september
Old 22nd June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener
stedel

I have not tried the EMI on vocals yet (in the middle of guitar dubs), will report back after I do.
Yes please do, I am REALLY interested in this thing. I'm also intrigued about their "Beatles" mic pre.

Alas, I too am a gear slut, and will probably get both - apart from anything else I have this weird respect for the folk & gear that produced recording history - "The" Sounds. To produce something that 30 years down the line is still cool is...well ultra cool!!!

Much appreciate your remarks on this unit.

Kind regards
Old 27th June 2002
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To Dave Martin . . . . how do you like your Vintech 73s?
Old 27th June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Knox
To Dave Martin . . . . how do you like your Vintech 73s?
I like 'em just fine. There's a bit of a sonic difference between the Vintech preamp and the Great River NV (especially when using the impedance switches on the NV), but, but I don't worry about using either one - I'll grab whichever's available.
Old 29th June 2002
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Ah...the pleasures of living in Australia.

I contacted Wave Distribution re how to get one of these things. They informed me that Aussie company Mixmasters could do that for me. This was news to Mixmasters....who are now looking into this!
yuktyy

Far away faces in far away places....

Gonna get one....somehow
Old 29th June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener
The EMI is more of a "special" unit with a very distinct sound, different enough that I instantly wanted it in my collection.
I have not heard this box yet - has anyone tried on the mix buss?
Thoughts?.....
Old 29th June 2002
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Chandler LTD-1

Hey Michael,
I've owned a Chandler LTD-1 for a couple of years. I have never 'directly' compared it to the other Neve-a-likes, but would love to hear your results. The Chandler gear is really great. I also have two of his 2254A compressors, which I really love.
Benjy
Old 2nd July 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener
wow Dave, thanx for the offer.
I will attempt another comparison in July and it would be great if I could take you up on your offer then. Maybe we can do it together, if you have time.
Not that I'm impatient, or trying to motivate anybody or anything, but it's July 2 here...is the comparison still gonna happen?

Any news on the EMI compressor on vocals?

Kind regards
respectfully
in EMI tg12413 lust
Stedel.
Old 2nd July 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by stedel


Not that I'm impatient, or trying to motivate anybody or anything, but it's July 2 here...is the comparison still gonna happen?

Any news on the EMI compressor on vocals?

Kind regards
respectfully
in EMI tg12413 lust
Stedel.
I have to move the test to later in July or to beginning of August. I won't have any time before, sorry.

Still haven't used the EMI on vocals, it's happily squeezing away on drums in the current mixing session.
Old 2nd July 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by mwagener


I have to move the test to later in July or to beginning of August. I won't have any time before, sorry.

Still haven't used the EMI on vocals, it's happily squeezing away on drums in the current mixing session.
Cool, love to hear your thoughts whenever you're able to get around to doing this.

Mixmasters over here are still looking into getting some Chandler stuff (as Waves told me they were the distributers here - as I said this was news to Mixmasters!)

I've been talking to Davemc, also from Australia on
my EQ post at Julian's about the stuff we can't get here. I've started to think if I get one item from each of:
Crane Song, Great River, Royer, Brent Averil, Chandler, ADAM speakers. Manley, Quantec, GML,
Groove Tubes Vipre, Speck, Phoenix, Shep etc...
I could probably make a killing by opening up my studio as an Engineers/Musicians Tourist Theme Park over here. Charge 'em $20 entry and an extra $40 to touch, $60 for a photo of them standing next to their favourate piece. Then have a special counselling service $60 for 30 minutes to help them with their grief when they have to leave.

I think I might be on to a winner here.......

Kind regards
from "Stedels Sound Park"...

Then there's hats, T-shirts, coffee mugs, postcards.......
Old 2nd July 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by stedel
I've been talking to Davemc, also from Australia on
my EQ post at Julian's about the stuff we can't get here. I've started to think if I get one item from each of:
Crane Song,
You can get Crane Song in Australia - I have a mastering buddy down there that bought an STC-8 and a HEDD-192 not too long ago from a dealer there...
Old 2nd July 2002
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Hmm thanks Brad...I'll cross Crane Song off my list.

In theory you can also get Manley...but do you think the distributers will EVER return your phone calls..? .pre

Maybe you could suggest the theme park idea to your friend.

I'm still intrigued by Chandler's "Beatles" micpre.
Definately gonna get the tg 1243 compressor..once Mixmasters sort it out.

I could set up a special section of "esoteric" Australian stuff for overseas vistors: Peach Audio
Tube Mic-Pre's - I'm demo-ing these soon..these look fantastic and are getting great reviews over here eg.:
"If you're one of those people out there still looking for superb design, hand-made excellence, and brilliant sound quality in your audio equipment AND you're prepared to pay for it, the Peach 196 Vacuum Tube series of modular mic preamps are rare gems indeed. These high voltage micpre's are among the best money can buy and you would stru.ggle to find a better product anywhere on earth"

Sorry to rave but..
"
"...the 1073 was used as a benchmark in my comparison test and with a blindfold on their difference was very subtle. The Peach pre-amps were slightly ahead in a photo finish, getting the nod from the judges for being a touch more transparent, a little more revealing of setail, and slightly more defined in the bottom end. The valves give the Peach preamps extraordinary resolution...."
Andy Stewart, AudioTechnology Magazine.

If anybody knows the history of Australian recording...Australian's know their Neve's !!!!! - - then there's JLMAudio, Fairlight.....I still think it's a goer Brad

Kind Regards
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