June 19, 2007

Various Chandler Stuff In The Pipes.

by Chris Randall

Chandler Germ for 500 racks: As you can plainly see from the picture above, there are at least 3 Germanium mic pres now existing in the world. No price yet, but I would imagine they will be about $600. Chandler website, but there's nothing there about these.

Chandler Germanius Maximus: Also coming from Chandler is the new germanium-series channel strip. This is more my speed, as I don't particularly think the 500-series stuff is too good a deal, from a strictly cost-per-channel viewpoint. This bad boy is a Germ pre, a Germ comp, and a Germ EQ, all in one tasty blue-n-yellow rack space. Again, no info on the Chandler site, but Wade put up a teaser and such on Gearslutz, which you can read here. Word to the wise: the vast majority of that thread is about the name of the box. How this affects the actual unit is utterly beyond me. What's even funnier are some of the suggestions. One fellow who doesn't like "Germanius Maximus" suggested that Wade consider "Germanium Winkler" as a reasonable substitute via a 3-paragraph post. Seriously. I shit you not.

Anywho, it'll be $3500 or thereabouts, but you get a lot of kit for the money. One of these and an SSL E Channel, and you're made in the shade for whatever might come down the pike. Unless you're in to that whole stereo thing, in which case you need two. Personally, I think that's just a fad.



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Jun.20.2007 @ 12:41 AM
Derailing even more... not a 500-series thing but I put together a channel of this thing a while ago:
link [www.jlmaudio.co...]">link [www.jlmaudio.co...]

Dead simple input trafo + discrete opamp + optional output trafo design, but damn it sounds good - at least with the config I did. Should be easy to substitute other input & output transformers and opamps. Plenty of clean gain for my needs but they also seem to have higher gain designs for those sweet dynamic & ribbon moments. Morale of the story goes: when your time is cheap, DIY can be both fun and profitable...

As far as nearfields go, I've heard just about enough from people I trust, that I should really find a pair of A7s to check out ASAP. I've been using Dynaudio BM6As for some years and had a similar "I don't know how the hell I made mixes without these"-revelation when I got them, it just might be a tight challenge.


Jun.20.2007 @ 1:45 AM
Chris Randall
Oh, man, Tomer. Thanks for reminding me of those. I knew they were coming, but it took so long, it totally slipped my mind. Ordered the whole shootin' match tonight. Two pres, PS, toroid. That shit is _on_.



Jun.20.2007 @ 5:58 AM
No problem, i'm afrid that by the time i'l get my shit together the guy will run out of kits or will rise the price.

let me know how it goes :P


Jun.28.2007 @ 4:24 PM
These Chandler color schemes are a sinister design to subliminally bring you back to being a cub scout. Scoutmaster, don't touch me there (my wallet)!

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