Manley Core

Channel Strip with Class A Tube Mic/Line Preamp, Direct Instrument Input, 3:1 ELOP Compressor, Baxandall EQ, FET Brickwall Limiter, and Analog VU Meter
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Professional Recordings Can Be Fast and Easy

Manley designed the Core reference channel strip so that you can hit record and focus on your performance, not your signal chain. It sports the quality, performance, and flexibility their VOXBOX is known for, at a price that makes it accessible to any serious artist or engineer. You get a world-class Manley mic pre, followed by a 3:1 ELOP style compressor for effortless dynamic control. Engineers at Sweetwater are ecstatic over the active Baxandall EQ, and a fast attack FET brickwall limiter at the end of the chain protects your converters from accidental clipping. Even if you plug right in without tweaking a single knob, you're sure to get an amazing sound.

Manley Core Reference Channel Strip Features:
  • Easy to use and awesome-sounding channel strip based on the award-winning VOXBOX
  • Class A tube mic preamplifier with Manley's hand-wound transformers
  • Direct input uses the same circuit as the Manley SLAM! for fantastic direct-instrument recordings
  • ELOP compressor with 3:1 ratio tames any signal transparently
  • Baxandall EQ with low/high shelving and sweepable mid for flexible sonic sculpting
  • Fast attack FET brickwall limiter ensures you don't clip your converters during recording
  • Flexible metering can display input, output, and compressor gain reduction levels
World-class recordings are almost effortless with the Manley Core reference channel strip!

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Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20KHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4", 2 x XLR
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 7"
Width 19"
Weight 8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Core

Customer Reviews

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Magic Box

This thing really is musical, well thought out ... So glad I Bought it ... U can't make it sound bad .. Best pre I have ever owned!! And I've had a few .. Buy one now ...
Music background: 15 years recording

get ready

this is everything they say it is, If you have a good mike and converter, get ready to start working on your room acoustics and mike placements, your going to hear it all, and you won't be twisting knobs to make it sound better, the ultimate ear training! Just add talent, your done...
Music background: Weekend Warrior, Project Studio, Bass player with a good day job

Worth The Wait

My rep, Jeff Hollman, always provides great suggestions for gear that meets the budget, and the expectations, the Manley Core is simply a home-run. For my project studio, it was on the higher end of what I was looking to spend, but with good advice, and then lots of reading/homework, it was definitely worth the wait. It does what it is supposed to do, makes everything sound great, and it does it without a lot of tweaking and hours turing knobs to try and find that perfect sound. The controls are easy to use, and straight forward, and the sound is, well, what you would expect from Manley. Their gear is amazing, but normally out of my price range, the Core was designed for people just like me in mind----I tend to use this, and a couple of other pieces of gear as my primary signal chain for recording vocals, guitars, bass, etc., and it works beautifully. Couldn't be happier with this purchase, thanks again to Jeff Hollman---been working with him for years, and have always been amazed at his knowledge, and patients:) Sweetwater is a rare company these days, great people, great products, great support...great company.

Manley Core

This unit is the best purchase I EVER made! I thought having a tube mic may be too much tube, but I was completely wrong - YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH TUBE. I am using the Manley Core with a Rode K2 Vacuum Tube condenser mic & let me just say that this is the perfect combo! The sound is so warm & sits on-top of the mix perfectly. It is soo easy to dial in the right sound(s) & I don't think you can make this thing sound bad. I was considering the Avalon 737, Neve Portico II & the Focusrite ISA430 MK II & I'm happy I chose this one as I'm totally blown away by the sound quality of this unit. I am recording at home using a treated iso booth & the vocals come out so good that the mixing stage has gotten much easier & I no longer have to perform surgery to fix bad vocal takes. If you would like to take your studio to the next level, buy this! Spencer took good care of me & helped me chose the right product. Sweetwater rocks!
Music background: Music Producer/ Engineer/ Artist

Absolutely Worth It!

The Manley Core sounds great! Manley is a great company they make quality gear. Less than month after I purchased the Core I purchased the Manley Reference Cardiod Mic. the two sound amazing together! The core is also astecically pleasing as well! Great job Manley!
Music background: Mixing Engineer
See also: Manley, Manley Channel Strips, Manley Preamps