Approximately 11 years ago, country music entertainer Martina McBride and her husband John opened Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tenn. Since then the studio has hosted some of music’s biggest acts, including Kings of Leon, Beck, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Jack White.
The Skinny: Perhaps part of the magic of this studio, beyond the skill of the its staff, lies in the equipment used by those engineers to produce these recordings. According to Rolff Zwiep, manager of Blackbird Studio, one of the reasons for the studio’s popularity is its use of products like Chandler Limited’s TG1 Limiter.
The Specs: The TG1 Limiter was originally designed to emulate the Fairchild 660/670 before evolving into a reproduction of the EMI TG12413 Limiter that was used for many recordings made at EMI Studios (Abbey Road) during the 1960s and 1970s, including records from The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.
Chandler says the TG1 Limiter features a discrete circuit design with transformer balanced inputs and outputs. The company adds the Abbey Road Special Edition model offers the bypassing of the compressor/limiter threshold while leaving the circuits in the signal path. This option turns the unit into a harmonic distortion generator that is capable of producing up to two percent total harmonic distortion.
Solutions: The TG1 can be used for all facets of audio production.