Manley Labs Core
MPN #MANLEY CORE
Channel Strip with Class A tube mic/line preamp, direct instrument input, 3:1 ELOP compressor, Baxandall EQ, FET brickwall limiter, and analog VU meter
2014 delivers the Manley CORE, an innovative channel strip that combines Manley's Greatest Hits with fresh technology. The remarkably intuitive front panel combines musical and forgiving circuitry that allows the musician to concentrate on his performance instead of being lost in a sea of knobs. Ease of use and intelligently chosen operating points make it virtually impossible to cut a bad sounding track!
Manley's experience and insight working with the industry's top recording engineers and musicians culminates in the CORE. At this price, there is no other channel-strip with higher headroom or more seductive sound than the CORE. Handcrafted in the USA, built like a tank, built to endure, the epicenter of your recorded art will be the Manley CORE.
The signal enters through our renowned hand-wound MANLEY IRON input transformer with nickel laminations in a mu-metal can. The tube amplifying stage is the latest implementation of our famous Class A circuit topology found in the VOXBOX and Manley Dual Mono & Mono Microphone Preamplifiers. This all-triode vacuum tube circuit runs on a regulated 300 Volt B+ supply yielding huge headroom and relentless output drive capability.
ALL-TUBE preamplifier audio path using 1 x 12AX7 for gain and 1 x 6922 White FollowerBalanced Transformer Coupled XLR Microphone Input Impedance: 1200 OhmsBalanced XLR Line Input Impedance: 10 kOhmsUnbalanced 1/4" Direct Input Impedance: 10 Meg OhmHi-current drive Direct XLR output Impedance: 50 OhmsSilent conductive plastic INPUT attenuatorCompressor Maximum GAIN REDUCTION: 16 dBCompressor ATTACK time: 60ms slowest CCW, 30ms at 12:00, 5ms fastest CW for 6dB compressionCompressor RELEASE time: 1.5s slowest CCW, 1s at 12:00, 100ms fastest CW from 6dB compressionMaximum Input Mic input (Low Gain Setting): -5 dBu or 435mV RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Input Mic input (High Gain Setting): -25 dBu or 44 mV RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Input Line input (Low Gain Setting): +13 dBu or 3.5V RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Input Line input (High Gain Setting): -8 dBu or 300mV RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Input Direct input (Low Gain Setting): +24 dBu or 12V RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Input Direct input (High Gain Setting): +17 dBu or 5.5V RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Input Insert return: +20 dBu or 7.8V RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Preamp Output (Insert Send): +35 dBu or 43V RMS @ 0.5% THDMaximum Preamp Output (Insert Send): +22 dBu into 600 OhmsMaximum Main Output: +20 dBuInsert Send output impedance: 50 OhmsInsert Return input impedance: 13 kOhmsMain Output Impedance: 50 OhmsDirect Output Headroom (referenced to +4 dBv): 31 dBMain Output Headroom (referenced to +4 dBv): 16 dBDynamic Range: >90 dBFrequency Response: 10 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.5 dBLarge LED illuminated VU METERMeters switch to read Direct Output (1) from preamp, Output (2) from Main Out, or Compressor Gain ReductionTHD & Noise (1kHz @ +4 dBm): 0.02% at Low Gain settingNoise Floor (Gain set to minimum): -70 dB wideband typicalGain via Microphone Input: 40 or 60 dBGain via Line Input: 20 or 40dBMaximum Gain of EQ & Limiter section: 10 dBAUTOMUTE warmup delay: 30 SecondsPower consumption: 35 wattsOperating mains voltage: 90 to 254 VAC (internal universal supply)Mains Voltage Frequency: 50-60HzDimensions: 19" x 3 1/2" x 7" (occupies 2u)Unit Weight: 8.3 lbs.Shipping weight: 11.5 lbs.
December 8, 2020
Stellar advice and product - As always
I did a lot of research coming up with some options for my newest addition and once presenting my findings to Mario we decided the Manley Core was the right decision for me! No regrets whats so ever. It sounds great on vocals, bass, acoustic, drum OH.. Read more
pretty much everything! It's easy (and fun) to dial in and get's me moving quick in writing sessions. Love this thing!
November 22, 2019
It is difficult to put into words, but the Manley Core saves so much time when tracking as its smoothness just gives an effortless feeling to the sound. Gone are the hours of editing out unwanted spit between the teeth from overly-sharp, clean preamps. Read more
Gone are the hours of precision EQ cuts to remove resonances. Hello to epic smooth tracks that just sit in the mix so well. It's really hard to get a bad sound out of the Core! Aston Spirit mic through Mogami Studio Gold through the Manley Core to PreSonus Quantum A/D conversion, into Studio One. The Quantum conversion is very nice too, very close to Apogee quality, just without the price tag, but that is subjective... I can simply say the Manley Core has changed the way I track performers. Well done Manley Labs!
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