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.
The Real Thing!!!
The 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 quietest 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.
The Manley SLAM! is an absolute must-have for any professional studio or mastering house. It exemplifies versatility in design, and limitless in possibilities. I had it connected to my Digi002 and, using Pro Tools, was able to run different sources through it and I really was fascinated by its sound. The mic pre's were stunningly clear and had a warmth like an evening campfire. I recorded acoustic guitars and vocals, both of which came out very clear and warm. When I used a combination of the limiters on a female vocal, it sat in a mix like no vocal I've ever processed; it was like sonic velvet. On a stereo mix the limiting was smooth, but after turning up the input to drive the tubes it put some grit on the mix that was certainly nice for that particular style of music. All in all, the SLAM is a terrific item that could easily find it's way into your studio and broaden your aural horizons for years to come.