Manley SLAM!Item ID: SLAM
Dual-channel Tube Microphone Preamplifier with Electro-optical and FET Limiters, Stereo Link, and VU Metering
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SLAM! Gets it Loud - Up to 80dB Total Gain Available!
Manley SLAM! at a Glance:
Dual-channel tube microphone preamplifier
On both channels of the Manley SLAM! you have tube microphone preamplifiers with switchable phantom power and phase reverse. Plus, the new tube circuit features up to 60dB of gain - and there's 20dB more gain available in the limiter, so you've got plenty of juice to handle low output ribbon microphones and soft singers. The input attenuator is on the front and there's also a variable pad. Apart from XLR microphones, you can give your line-level instruments a warm-up using the front-panel DI inputs.
Electro-optical and FET-based brick-wall limiter
The Manley SLAM! boasts two different and distinct limiters - available simultaneously or separately on each channel. Manley's famous electro-optical circuit, found on their ELOP, is onboard - plus it features a convenient sidechain highpass filter. Offering two knobs, the ELOP is easy to use and "just works." There's also a fast FET-based "brick wall" limiter onboard as well that delivers everything from ultra-clean to gravelly - just as you'd expected from an FET limiter. The Release control lets you dial in a host of colors, and a Clip setting allows for an extremely round shape. Use both limiters at the same time to get as much of each effect as you like.
Excellent VU metering
With Manley's SLAM! you can meter raw input levels, the final output levels, and ELOP Limiter gain reduction, so you can keep an eye on what's going on. Plus, there's a switchable pad on the VUs at 0, -3dB and -6dB so you can keep the needles from going in the red when you're mastering. In addition, there are fast and accurate multi-color LED ladder peak meters that let you know the input and output levels as well as the FET gain reduction. The LED meters do Peak, Peak Hold timed, and Peak Hold until reset. You can also manually set where the bars change colors, to match up the SLAM! with your other gear.
On the back panel of the Manley SLAM! you have plenty of I/O to work with. Transformer-balanced I/O and 1/4" phone jacks are onboard. In addition, four TRS jacks allow you to insert external equalizers into the sidechains. Another input allows linking multiple units for surround purposes.
Manley SLAM! Features at a Glance:
The Manley SLAM! puts all different flavors of sonic punch and tube feel into your hands - with exceptional build- and sound-quality!
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Reviewsbased on 1 review
The Real Thing!!!
by Bill Georges from L.A. CAThe Manley SLAM is one of our most used tools. It is the Swiss Army Knife of our studio. When running our SF-12 stereo ribbon with the limiter wide open there is plenty of gain to capture the quietes... read more [+]t string instruments on one day and with a SM7B and BOTH the electro-optical and FET brick-wall limiters grabbing a screaming rock vocal the next. We also use it for synths and drum machines to make them sound HUGE and sit right in the mix. It also works great with almost all program material on a stereo mix together with the Manley Vari Mu. For me there are no plug-ins that can capture the sound of great rack gear. We all use our favorite plug-ins and yes they come close and do sound great but there is nothing like finishing off your mix with the real thing. I canít say enough about Manley products!!! They stand by their gear with a 5 year warranty. Now thatís something in this day and age. close [-]
March 27, 2011
Music Background: Theatre Sound Designer, Pro Musician, Studio Owner
by: John Bamber
The Manley SLAM! is an absolute must-have for any professional studio or mastering house. It exemplifies... read more »
Believe it or not, the SLAM is an unbeatable value at this kind of price point. Not only do you get two of the best sounding Class-A, tube preamps available, but you also get BOTH electro-optical and FET brick-wall limiting on both channels. Nothing has been compromised in this package that WILL give you THE sound you have been looking for.
Christopher , Sasvannah, GA
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