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MCORE - Manley CORE - Reference Channel Strip

Building upon its 25-year legacy producing revered recording studio equipment, Manley Labs has distilled its CORE technologies from this lineage. 2014 delivers the Manley CORE®, an innovative channel strip that combines Manley’s Greatest Hits with fresh technology. The remarkably intuitive front panel combines musical and forgiving circuitry that allows the musician to concentrate on his performance instead of being lost in a sea of knobs. Ease of use and intelligently chosen operating points make it virtually impossible to cut a bad sounding track!

Manley’s experience and insight working with the industry’s top recording engineers and musicians culminates in the CORE. At this price, there is no other channel-strip with higher headroom or more seductive sound than the CORE. Handcrafted in the USA, built like a tank, built to endure, the epicenter of your recorded art will be the Manley CORE.


- 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 direct-instrument recordings of guitar, bass and keyboards
- 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 analog metering can display input, output, and compressor gain reduction levels

Technical Specifications

- Microphone Input Impedance: 1250 Ohms, transformer balanced XLR
- Line Input Impedance: 10 kOhms, balanced XLR
- Direct Input Impedance: 10 Meg Ohm, unbalanced jack
- Direct Output Impedance: 50 Ohms, balanced XLR
- Compressor gain reduction (max): 16 dB
- Compressor: attack time: 5msec to 60msec, release time: 100msec to 1.5s
- Limiter: attack time: 155μsec, Release time: 2.3 msec to 300 msec
- Input level, Line input (max): -8 dBu (High Gain Setting), +13 dBu (Low Gain Setting)
- Input level, Mic input (max): -25 dBu (High Gain Setting), -5 dBu (Low Gain Setting)
- Input level, Direct input (max): +17 dBu (High Gain Setting), +24 dBu (Low Gain Setting)
- Input level, Insert Return (max): +20 dBu
- Output level, Preamp / Insert Send (max): +35 dBu
- Output level, Main (max): +20 dBu
- Output impedance, Insert Send: 50 Ohms
- Input impedance, Insert Return: 13 kOhms
- Output Impedance, Main: 50 Ohms
- Dynamic Range: >90 dB
- Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 75 kHz -0.15dB, -0.5 dB
- Metering: Preamp outut, Main output, Compressor Gain Reduction
- THD (1kHz @ +4 dBm): 0.02% at Low Gain setting
- Noise Floor Insert Return to OP2: - 90dBu BW: 22Hz - 22kHz
- Noise Floor Micpre (A WGT): - 84dB @ LOW GAIN, -64dB HI GAIN
- EIN (A WGT): -124dB with 150 Ohm source impedance
- Microphone Input gain: 40 LOW or 60 dB HI GAIN
- Line Input gain: 20 or 40dB
- EQ & Limiter section gain (max): 10 dB
- AUTOMUTE warmup delay: 30 seconds
- Power consumption: 35 Watts
- Mains voltage: 90 to 254 VAC / 50~60Hz (internal universal supply)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 483 x 89 x 254 mm (19” / 2U)
- Weight: 3.8 kg