Manley VOXBOX (Regular Edition)Item ID: VoxBox
Channel Strip with Class A Microphone Preamplifier, Pultec-style Equalizer, Optical Compressor, De-esser/Limiter, and Switchable VU Meter
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A "Magic Box" for More Than Just Vocals!
Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip at a Glance:
All-tube signal path
Since the late 1980s, Manley has been steadily focused on crafting premium, all-tube gear. In short, Manley really knows tubes - and the case is no different with the VOXBOX. This USA-made channel strip boasts all-tube, Class A circuitry, alongside the kind of exceptional, robust build quality you can expect from Manley.
Fully featured microphone preamplifier section
True to its name, the Manley VOXBOX is packed with a superb microphone preamplifier section. In fact, the preamplifier design arrives straight from Manley's popular Mono Microphone Preamplifier, giving you all the essentials for excellent, analog tone - whether you're going in via regular, balanced XLR, the balanced line input, or via the 1/4" front-panel direct input. You can use the variable input attenuator that's before the first tube stage to accommodate +4 line level signals or DIed instruments. Onboard, 48V phantom power is switchable from the front panel and an effective Bass Cut switch lets you pull out rumble. Finally, a clever gain switch lets you control how much feedback is introduced around the tube circuit, so you can achieve a wide variety of tones and amplification levels. Change tonal tube flavors quickly and easily as you dial in everything from the laid back and mellow to the up-front and aggressive - it's a great way to get creative and track down that "perfect" sound for each vocalist or instrument.
Manley borrowed features from both their best-selling Variable MU and the opto-isolator-based ELOP limiter to develop the VOXBOX's all-star compressor section. Manley also figured out a way to compress the signal before it hit the tubes - without adversely affecting distortion or frequency response. What this means for the VOXBOX, is that it can both prevent mic-pre clipping as well as eliminate entire stages of electronics, cutting your microphone's typical path in half - a huge advantage. Manley also pioneered a sidechain design, developing a "Parametric Compression" technique of using up to four different time constants simultaneously and controlling them with simple attack, release, and threshold controls. The VOXBOX's onboard presets are based on the Light Dependent Resistors of their fast ELOP limiter, the quick LA-2A, the slower LA-3A, and there are also various other complex and finely Manley-tuned settings. In all, you can expect fresh sounds from the VOXBOX's compressor - perfect for drums, bass, vocals, and more. In fact, it's even a great compressor to send your whole mixes through - just link up two VOXBOXes for an extremely sonically flexible stereo world.
Manley took their Pultec-style Mid Frequency Equalizer up a few notches when they added it to the VOXBOX. It's now extended to 33 frequencies in 3 bands, so it offers six new frequencies from 20-150Hz as well as six new frequencies from 6.4-20kHz. With real inductors and Class A circuitry, the VOXBOX's Equalizer is set to serve up that "magical" sound. An EQ input switch lets you patch in the line input, preamp output, or insert return. The switch also acts as a bypass switch for the preamplifier or external processors, for processing two different tracks.
De-esser and Limiter section
The VOXBOX's de-esser and limiter section gives you even more flexibility with the source. The peak limiter is based on the ELOP limiter design, and Manley added a passive LC network to take care of the de-essing. There are four carefully chosen notch frequencies - 3kHz, 6kHz, 9kHz, and 12kHz - to tame problematic frequencies. Plus, a fifth position offers up a LA-2A-style limiter - compress pre-EQ, then limit post-EQ. You can also seamlessly and smoothly insert the de-esser as the music plays, so you only use it where you need it.
Switchable VU meter
The Manley VOXBOX is packed with a full-size, illuminated Sifam VU meter. An included 5-position switch lets you switch between levels - monitor line input, preamp output, and final output audio levels as well as compressor gain reduction and the de-esser/limiter action.
Manley gave the VOXBOX a few clever "extras," including warm-up muting circuitry that you can bypass using an internal switch, making the VOXBOX perfect for both the studio and the stage. Other welcome additions include extensive magnetic field containment, "smart grounding," and silent switching.
Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip Features:
The Manley VOXBOX is a powerful channel strip that will work its magic on much more than just vocals!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
A Box that is Hard to Top.....
by Chris Starkey from Weldon Spring, MORyan said it would be an eye-opener and it is. Just compared tracks with the "tube" feel of the Vox Box to previous efforts and a stark difference. Great front end compression, EQ, and Desser for s... read more [+]uper quality tracks every time.
March 10, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician, Publishing Company
Especially like the multiple gain settings where you can go from light to heavy color of the tubes. Great construction and features! Thanks Sweetwater! close [-]
by Eddie Ross from New York CityThe Manley VoxBox really is every bit as wonderful as its many, many fans testify. It has a big, rich sound with enough control that it can actually pretty much sound any way you want it to. I also ow... read more [+]n Neve 1073's and some great API 512c and 550a but I find more often than not the VoxBox will give me just the sound I am looking for. It is also built like a military machine and I have used my pair both in the studio and on the road for location recording and it takes both situations in its stride. Everything is thoughtfully laid out and makes recording a breeze and allows you to concentrate on making great music rather than fiddling around so much that you lose your inspiration. If you are looking for a top drawer front end for your recording system then you really need look no further. The VoxBox is a classic and still the King! close [-]
October 27, 2012
Music Background: Engineer / Producer
Top Vocal Mic Pre!!!!
by Elswee L Vazquez from Ponce PRNow that I had heard it I know why I was told this was the Top Vocal Mic Pre!!!!! It's sound so sweet!!! At least I have one of the sounds I was looking for!!! It's expensive but worth every penny. I ... read more [+]already used it with a Mojave MA 200 and Miktek CV4 and I don't have words to describe what I got!!! At least my search for a vocal Pre had finished.... Thanks again to my sales engineer Andrew Stryffeler for his guidance and service.... close [-]
April 17, 2011
Music Background: G-SON'S Studio Owner, Working to become a good producer....
by: Simon Picazo
I could see through the fine meshwork on the top of the Manley VoxBox that there... read more »
A quality vocal mic pre, instrument DI, compressor, limiter, de-esser and 3-band parametric EQ in a minimalist purist's dream box. The Manley VoxBox will simplify your life as an engineer. The right knobs and switches are right there and the unnecessary ones aren't. Here's a no-compromise Navy Seal tough box that will not disappoint. You will enjoy making people sound good again. Don't worry, it's still legal to buy two!
Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Manley VOXBOX (Regular Edition)
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