Manley ELOP+

Electro-optical Compressor/Limiter, Dual Channel, All-tube Audio Path, and Stereo Link
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The New, Improved ELOP

Manley's ELOP has remained an essential component in the signal chains of top engineers since its introduction in the early '90s. Now Manley ups the ante with the ELOP+, a re-imagined and re-engineered version of the vaunted optical tube limiter that gives you the versatility of an additional 3:1 compression ratio and the sonic benefits of a high-performance vacuum tube line amp, a White Follower output stage, and a state-of-the-art high-voltage switching power supply. Handcrafted in Manley's Chino, California, factory, the ELOP+ rocks the impeccable sonics, performance, and build quality we at Sweetwater expect from Manley. Trust us - you will be impressed.

Manley ELOP+ Features:
  • Electro-optical compressor/limiter with 10:1 limiting, 3:1 compression ratios
  • Dual channel (stereo linkable)
  • Vacuum tube audio path with 6922 and 5751 dual-triode tubes
  • Manley IRON-balanced, transformer-coupled XLR inputs
  • Impedance-balanced XLR outputs
  • Per-channel Bypass switch, auto mute (warm-up delay)
  • Lighted VU meters, switchable between Gain Reduction and Output Level
  • Includes Sidechain Highpass Filter
  • Internal universal power supply lets you enjoy worldwide operation
The Manley ELOP+ lets you control your dynamics like a pro!

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Tech Specs

Type Electro-optical compressor
Number of Channels 2
Ratio 10:1 limiting, 3:1 compression
Side Chain Inserts Yes, side chain high-pass filter
Inputs 2 x XLR
Outputs 2 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Manufacturer Part Number ELOP+

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Of course, all the "classic" compressors have earned their right to be called classics. And here is a compressor that will undoubtedly earn its rightful place as a classic as well. I haven't smashed any drums with this guy yet, but here's what I CAN tell you after a few months of heavy use. I have NEVER heard a compressor that is this unbelievably transparent and beautiful. I don't care what guitars (electric, acoustic, bass) or vocals (male, female) you run through this beast at any volume, every single speck of detail remains flawlessly intact. Nothing is lost...anywhere. There is zero, and I do mean zero, coloration. If there is any coloration at all, it's simply the word "beautiful" that I used above. The only way I can describe this compressor is that every single frequency seems to be meticulously sculpted to sound the very best that it can possibly sound. ONE GRIPE: The 2 knobs on the left side are GAIN then REDUCTION. The 2 knobs on the right side are REDUCTION then GAIN. Having worked in design for 25 years, this makes no sense to me whatsoever. When working with both channels independently, I find myself continually reaching for what (should be) the same knob in each location. The buttons, in my opinion, also suffer the same pain point...the left row of buttons includes one additional button for what you want the meter to read (reduction or output). The right row of buttons includes one additional button for stereo linking. These two buttons should have been located elsewhere instead of obsessing over everything being "uniform." Lastly, all the other buttons (HP SC/FLAT, IN/BYPASS, COMP/LIMIT) are in THAT order on the left side, but the order is flipped on the right side. Seriously? THE PRICE? Well, you can buy some cheap or mid-grade gear that you'll most likely replace...which will cost you even more in the long run. Or, you can spend a little more now and have a lifetime piece of the best dual-channel outboard compression on planet Earth. You decide.
Music background: Studio engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist.
See also: Compressors, Manley, Manley Compressors / Limiters, Manley Compressors / Limiters