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Manley Variable Mu Review

VariMu

This studio staple is Huge! A wildly successful and highly used magic machine. Great for tracking and mastering because of how clean and open it can sound, but has such a unique sonic footprint that leaves your mixes tighter, more defined and polished when used as a stereo 2 buss compressor. At high compression it leaves that loved and pleasing harmonic distortion, and with out adding too much coloration. Many compare it to some the "holy grails" of compressors, like the Fairchild 660/670, and after pushing some program through it is totally obvious why studios the world over want this piece in their racks!

The Manley VariMu is an American success! It’s hand-built right here on U.S. soil, and sought after the world over. When handling the unit, you can immediately tell it was built and intended to last to give you years of phenomenal service, without needing to be serviced like its vintage counterparts. Simply put, it is a wildly successful and highly used magic machine. It’s great for tracking and mastering because of how clean and open it can sound, but when strapped across your stereo 2 buss it gives you a unique sonic footprint, leaving your mixes tighter, more defined and polished. At higher compression it produces that loved and pleasing harmonic distortion without adding too much coloration, but still delivers the goods even when just kissed with your audio signal. Many compare it to the “holy grail” of compressors, the Fairchild 660/670, and after pushing some program through it, it’s more than obvious why studios the world over want this piece in their racks!

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