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We, at Vintage King, are really excited about this one! For the first time ever, the sound and personalities of the legendary EMI/Abbey Road RS124 compressor can now be at your fingertips with the release of the Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor. In addition to all of the features of the original, the RS124 Compressor also includes modern facilities such as adjustable attack, selectable output impedance, and a special twist, dubbed the ‘SuperFuse’.
First designed in 1960 by Abbey Road Head of Techncial Bill Livey, Deputy Head Len Page and seasoned EMI Audio Designer Mike Batchelor, the Abbey Road RS124 compressor is one of the most coveted pieces of recording gear ever developed. Born out of the inadequate Altec 436Bs acquired by EMI in the late 1950s for Abbey Road Studios, the RS124 compressor is most closely associated with recordings made by The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios. Present on virtually every Beatles session, the RS124 left its remarkable signature across most of the catalog.
The RS124's undeniably smooth character and ability to tame transients without muffling the sound at steep compression levels, quickly became popular with Abbey Road Studios engineers and widely used throughout the now historic studio, for tracking, buss compression, mixing, and mastering. They were so integral to the recording and mixing process that a pair can be seen in almost every control room photo in Abbey Road Studios during the 60s period.
The RS124 compressor circuit, was built for use at Abbey Road Studios, and was never commercially available. Through the years, from incomplete information and supposition, some have tried to recreate the holy grail of tube compressors, though never fully capturing theelusive Abbey Road RS124 in all its glory.
Schematics themselves only told part of the story, and access to Abbey Road Studios’ historic units and various hand written modification notes would prove paramount towards understanding the true nature of the Abbey Road RS124 compressor and variances between units.
Many revisions were carried out since its inception, and as a result, the Abbey Road RS124 valve compressor has remained a mystery for decades, until now.
Available now, for the first time ever, the Chandler Ltd. RS124 Compressor harnesses the sound and personalities of Abbey Road Studios’ favorite historic RS124 Compressors (Ser. No’s 60070B, 60050A, and 61010B) still in use at the famed studio to this day, all in a single unit.
Bring home the sound of a legend, reimagined for the modern era, today.
Note: Standard units come with variable Input and Output control. Stepped Input and Output controls available for an upcharge via special request – notify your dealer prior to order.
Chandler Limited is the only company in the world authorized to develop, manufacture and market the “Official Equipment” of EMI/Abbey Road Studios.
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Input Connectors||Analog XLR|
|Output Connectors||Analog XLR|
Sounds great! I track vocals,bass, drum rooms with this and love it.
This is the real deal! I was between RS124 and the UA LA-2A, both are legendary and amazing! Vintage king sent us both to AB.
I needed a another compressor to pair up with my UA 1176, and felt the RS124 was the best for our needs. It allows more options and character vs the LA-2A one trick pony. I can see why so many famous artist swear by it. The RS124 gives more of a vintage vibe thick buttery detail compression, where the LA-2A is smoother clean.
The iconic LA-2A does its thing very well, nothing against it, but for $1824.00 more vs the RS124 tough to beat. LA-2A- 2 knobs very difficult to get a bad sound out of it.
RS124 is the best Variable- MU compressor for the money! Try one out and you'll see!
Lots of vibe in this one!
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