Chandler Ltd TG2 Pre Amp/DI by analog men
What a fantastic preamp.
There is a world of different mic preamp out there.
And I think that there are two main classes.
The clean, uncolored and flat mic preamps, wich transmits your sound without any tonal or character changes, and there’s the mic preamps that can give personality, taste and tonal coloration to the sound.
This one is in the second category.
Some can give a harsh character, other can give a crackling saturation, more or less headroom, more or less attack, more or less high or low end, etc.
But this one!... It gives a lot to the signal, but only in a positive way!
It’s direct comparison that I use is the Universal Audio 2108.
Same configuration and options, but very different sound.
You can see my review on the 2108 at:
Universal Audio 2108
The TG2 is… how to say… Perfect..
Well… Perfect for that kind of sound, of course. (Colored)
It can goes from clean, creamy and VERY rich, to very dirty and saturated,
but always in a good way. I found it very “hot” for a solid state preamp.
It provides an excellent high end, without being over bright or harsh, and the lows are solid and thight.
It’s like a mix of an API precision, with the warmth of a Neve pre.
I use it everywhere, on everything.
Very punchy with the transients, with a very open tone.
Hard to say in words.
It sounds rich. Very rich.
Vocals are just incredible in this pre. Open and full.
Snares are big and fat, direct basses are detailed with plenty of “umf”, kicks sounds very “analog”.
The 2108 is pretty much all of that, but with a more “raw” character.
So depending on the session, I take one or the other...
I recommend this preamp A LOT.
If I had to bring only one premp on a desert island, It would probably be that one.
A bit heavy on the budget, but REALLY worth it.