Manley Core Channel Strip

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PA SKU # MAN MCORE MFR # MCORE UPC # 890833001851
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  • Product Highlights
  • Single Channel
  • Mic Preamp & Compressor from VOXBOX
  • Triode Vacuum Tube
  • Hand-Wound Custom Iron Input Transformer
  • Class A Circuit Topology for Mic Preamp
  • ELOP Compression Circuit
  • Baxandall Equalizer
  • FET "Brickwall" Limiter
  • High Headroom and Output Capability
  • CNC Machined 1/4" Thick Steel Chassis

Tube Reference Channel Strip

New for 2014, 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.

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.

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 1/4" 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.
  • ALL-TUBE preamplifier audio path using 1 x 12AU7WA for gain and 1 x 6922 White Follower
  • Balanced Transformer Coupled XLR Microphone Input Impedance: 1200 Ohms
  • Balanced XLR Line Input Impedance
  • Unbalanced 1/4" Direct Input Impedance: 10 Meg Ohm
  • Hi-current drive Direct XLR output Impedance
  • Silent conductive plastic INPUT attenuator
  • Compressor Maximum GAIN REDUCTION: __dB
  • Compressor ATTACK time: __mS for 6dB GR
  • Compressor RELEASE time: __ Seconds for 6dB GR
  • Maximum Input Mic input: +__ dBv
  • Maximum Input Line input: +__ dBv
  • Maximum Input Direct input: +__ dBv
  • Maximum Input Insert return: +__ dBv
  • Maximum Preamp Output (Insert Send): +__ dBv
  • Maximum Main Output: +__ dBv
  • Main Output Impedance: __ Ohms
  • Headroom (referenced to +4 dBv) __ dB
  • Frequency Response: __ Hz to __ kHz ±0.5 dB
  • Large LED illuminated VU METER
  • Meters switch to read OUTPUT from preamp, OUTPUT from main out, or Compressor Gain Reduction
  • THD & Noise (1kHz @ +4 dBm): .__%
  • Noise Floor (Gain set to minimum): -__ dB Wideband
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: ___ dB typical
  • Gain via Microphone Input: 40 or 60 dB
  • Gain via Line Input: 20 or 40dB
  • Maximum Gain of EQ & Limiter section: 10 dB
  • AUTOMUTE warmup delay: __ Seconds
  • Power consumption: __ watts
  • Operating mains voltage: universal supply
  • Mains Voltage Frequency: 50~60Hz
  • Dimensions: 19" x 3 1/2" x __" (occupies 2u)
  • Shipping weight: __ lbs.
  • Two Independent Sections: MIC PRE
  • Frequency Response: ±1dB 20Hz - 60K
  • Noise Floor (A-wgt): -86 dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 113 dB
  • Tube complement: 12AX7 & 6922
  • Gain: 40 to 60 dB
  • Two Separate Dynamic Processors: COMPRESSOR
  • Ratio: 3: 1
  • Maximum Reduction: 16 dB
  • Attack Times: 4mS to 70mS
  • Release Times: .3 to
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