LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 2010: As of May 1, 2010, TransAudio Group has added Chameleon Labs to its elite roster of recording gear, handling the company’s worldwide sales and marketing. Chameleon Labs occupies a unique niche within the industry that many manufacturers aspire to – extreme value. Chameleon Labs builds vintage-inspired analog recording gear with performance and options at a fraction of the cost typically associated with high-end gear. TransAudio Group will offer Chameleon Labs’ 7602 MKII Mic Pre + EQ with Carnhill transformer option, the 7720 stereo bus compressor, the 7802 two-channel opto tube compressor and the amazing TS-1 small diaphragm tube mic. Each of these products offers the highest degree of performance for the money and enables budget limited owners to experience high-end performance for the first time.
“In a world where end users are flooded with heavily advertised cheap gear, its important they know there is another option; something that’s affordable and sounds like pro gear. Chameleon Labs offers three unique and useful pieces all under $1,000 MSRP that offer ‘best of class’ performance,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “When I hear what my high-end customers are saying to me about Chameleon, it sure got my attention. This is the first brand I’ve heard that changes the rules and offers an extreme deal for customers.”
Chameleon Labs’ products are conceived and designed in America for value conscious studio customers who work in the studio but lack $4,000 mic pre budgets. To save on assembly costs, all product is built in China but with a twist: transformers, switches and other parts that are unique to high-end pro gear are shipped from the US, UK or Europe to China to be used by the factory in Chameleon product. For example, the very special British Carnhill transformers found in early 1073s are available as an “XMOD” option on the Chameleon 7602. Such special efforts defy the norm and make Chameleon very different from other Chinese pro audio. Chameleon Labs takes advantage of these special parts combined with a new generation of Chinese builders that possess the desire to do something better. These emerging factories have the equipment and know-how to meet specifications that previously could only be met by Western assemblers. By being savvy and seizing new opportunities, Chameleon Labs truly delivers high-end performance at bargain prices.
The 7602 MKII microphone preamp and EQ possesses a comprehensive feature set, in addition fantastic sound, selectable mic impedance, high-pass filtering, three bands of EQ, direct-in, optional Carnhill input and output transformers, and the usually array of phase reversal, phantom power, and the like. The 7720 stereo compressor delivers the sound and performance of classic 1990s bus compressor technology, whereas the TEC-nominated 7802 opto tube compressor blends transformer and tube technologies reminiscent of the most celebrated units of the 1970s. The well respected TS-1 small diaphragm tube mic captures input sources with a musicality and truthfulness characteristic of microphones costing several times as much.
ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com