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Manley CORE Reference Channel Strip  From Manley

Manley Labs is proud to introduce The CORE Reference Channel Strip. Flexible without being intimidating, the CORE’s strength flows from its Class A high-voltage tube micpre and ELOP® Compressor, into its sweepable mid EQ with high and low shelves, and is focused by a fast brick-wall FET limiter.

Manley Laboratories Inc

$2,249.00

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Manley CORE Reference Channel Strip

Building upon its 25-year legacy producing revered recording studio equipment, Manley Labs has distilled its CORE technologies from this lineage. 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!

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Manufacturer's Description from Manley

Building upon its 25-year legacy producing revered recording studio equipment, Manley Labs has distilled its CORE technologies from this lineage. 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.

MIC and LINE PREAMPLIFIER:

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.

FRONT PANEL CONTROLS:

  • 48V Phantom power switch
  • 120Hz High Pass Filter switch
  • Phase Invert switch
  • Input Attenuator (Variable Pad)
  • Mic Pre Selectable Gain 40dB or 60dB
  • Line Amp Selectable Gain 20dB or 40dB
  • 1/4" DIRECT INPUT 

Similar to the DI in the Manley SLAM!®, this all-discrete solid-state circuit with 10 Meg Ohm input impedance is perfect for guitars, bass, keyboards, etc.

COMPRESSOR:

  • Featuring our successful ELOP® technology also found in our famous Manley VOXBOX®
  • Compressor is uniquely before the Mic Preamp making it virtually impossible to clip
  • Ratio 3:1
  • Continuously variable Attack, Release, and Threshold controls
  • Silent Bypass switch

EQUALIZER:

  • Low and High Baxandall Shelves (80Hz and 12kHz) with ±12dB range
  • Sweepable Midrange Bell EQ (100Hz – 1kHz) or (1kHz – 10kHz) with ±10dB range

LIMITER:

  • Fast attack FET “brickwall” limiter
  • Continuously Variable Threshold and Release controls
  • Peak Limit LED indicator
  • 10dB range output gain control

METER:

  • Large illuminated analog display
  • 3-way meter-select switch shows Compressor Gain Reduction, Micpre Output Level, and Main Output audio levels.

INPUTS AND OUTPUTS:

  • Balanced XLR Mic Input
  • Balanced XLR Line Input
  • Front Panel Direct Instrument 1/4" Input
  • Insert point between Mic Preamp and EQ/Limiter via ¼” TRS jack
  • Balanced XLR Direct Output (after Preamp/Compressor section)
  • Balanced XLR Main Output

Deluxe CNC-machined 1/4" thick faceplate with inlaid laser-engraved inserts adorn the rigid 2U steel chassis – all locally sourced in Southern California.

Manley Laboratories Inc

About Manufacturer

The MANLEY brand has been around since the late 1980's. Manley's first commercially available products were upper echelon high-fidelity vacuum tube amplifiers and preamplifiers constructed at the old Vacuum Tube Logic of America factory.

In this history lesson, we'd like to direct special focus on our people at Manley Labs. The people whose years of dedication, service, and expertise bring you people, our customers, these products. It's all about the people...

On January 30, 1989, a 20 year old EveAnna on sabbatical from her studies at Columbia University met the crew and was hired on to the production team. Baltazar Hernandez, already with two years experience, taught her how to solder in those first few days. It was in 1989 that the first Manley professional products were developed, starting with the original 1u Reference 60dB Microphone Preamplifier and soon followed by our Manley Enhanced Pultec and Mid Frequency Equalizers. Baltazar and EveAnna, busy building gear, were soon joined by Saulo and Ramiro. Just next door, Elias was employed by a printed circuit board maker later brought into the Manley Labs fold when in 1993, Manley Laboratories, Inc. became a separate entity apart from VTL. The new Manley Labs factory at 13880 Magnolia Ave. in beautiful and bovine Chino, California was outfitted to house the Manley HiFi and Pro Studio manufacturing as well as the Langevin production lines, our newly acquired machine shop, and printed circuit board facilities.

Specifications

 
Two Independent Sections: MIC PRE EQ
Frequency Response ±1dB 20Hz - 60KHz 10 Hz - 100KHz
Noise Floor (A-wgt) -86 dB -89 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio 113 dB 116 dB
Tube complement 12AX7 & 6922  
Gain 40 to 60 dB 10 dB
 
Two Separate Dynamic Processors: COMPRESSOR LIMITER
Ratio 3:1 ∞:1
Maximum Reduction 16 dB 32 dB
Attack Times 4mS to 70mS 2mS
Release Times .3 to 5 Sec .5 to __ Sec
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General Info:
Power Consumption __ watts  
Mains Voltage and Frequency 90 to 250 VAC 50~60Hz
Dimensions 19" x 3.5" x 7" occupies 2U
Unit weight 8 lbs.