The Vari-Mu is a modern classic, and for good reason! I love that way it sounds on the master bus of a mix... the compression helps to glue the mix together and makes everything sound "finished." With three tubes and two transformers per channel, nothing quite sounds as good to me on a rock or pop mix like a Manley Vari-Mu.
This is a great smooth compressor. Try it on a 2-bus or with a pair of drum overheads... it's not like any other compessor you own.
Glue and warmth
Ed, my sales engineer, sold this unit to me, and I am grateful. This is such a beautiful piece of equipment. The dual input knob is great for dialing in the right amount of mojo on a mix. This unit can be used for heavy lifting or light compression. It can be clean or thick. It is an awesome compressor. Do not hesitate to pick one up.
Earned it's reputation
Tracking, Mixing and Mastering the Vari-Mu is all over every project I've done over the last 12 years. From music to voice-over work, it's the one piece in my rack that gets used daily. Something always needs to be compressed and for me it's the first one I grab.
Manley Vari-Mu is Awesome
It helps me take my "in-the-box" mixes out of the box!
I'm a long-time console guy and I never attempted finished, professional sounding mixes at home before, but my Vari-Mu is a big part of my ability to do so. The sonic qualities of my mixes have improved in a big way once I started using the Manley as a program compressor. I little goes a long way and I love this thing! It's a Manley... it's going to sound great!
Essential to my studio. Perfect for recording, mixing and mastering. Can't recommend it enough!
A Modern Classic!
I don`t own the Vari Mu but I have had the extreme pleasure of working with it. This is the desert island compressor we all would want. Just one listen and you`ll know why. The Vari Mu works beautifully on the overall mix but it really shines on anything. What impresses me the most about this box is how much you don`t hear it. Its so good you will swear its not working but you know it sounds better. The first time I used it I pretty much slammed the ratio as hard as I could just to hear some compression. The ratio was something like 20:1. I know its insane but thats my point!