A small town business in northeast Iowa is hitting the biggest names in music.
Chandler Limited, best known for producing studio recording equipment, is located in an unpretentious storefront in downtown Shell Rock, Butler County. Chief engineer and owner Wade Goeke says he basically built the company’s reputation on its ability to mimic the sounds of equipment originally created by EMI, the Beatles’ record label.
Chandler Limited has over 20 employees soldering, wiring and assembling the guts of equalizers, mixers, signal processors and other equipment. “You have to do it by hand. All the old things were done this way, ”Goeke said. “In most places, everything is done by machine. We do everything by hand as it would have been done in 1968. ”Katy Perry, Adele, Maroon 5, Beyonce, Green Day and Lady GaGa all used musical equipment made by Chandler Limited to produce their hit songs.
Goeke began tinkering with materials and imitating the “sound of the Beatles” after moving to California after high school. Upon his return to Iowa, Goeke’s parents helped him start Chandler Limited in 1999. They are now co-owners and his mother, Judy, is the company’s vice president. The company name comes from Wade Goeke’s middle name, Chandler. Chandler Limited’s equipment – hand-built in Shell Rock, Iowa – is now housed in recording studios and travels with bands around the world.
(Reporting by Ashley Hinson, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids)