NAMM 2014: Manley announces the CORE Reference Channel Strip

Manley Labs today announced the CORE, an analogue channel strip. The Manley CORE is an innovative and affordable mic preamplifier, compressor, equaliser, and limiter combo-unit that provides the greatest hits of the Manley product line.

The intuitive design incorporates musical and forgiving circuitry that allows the user to concentrate on performance rather than be lost in a sea of knobs.

“As more musicians are contributing to a project remotely, coached by the recording engineer over the telephone, we saw the need to provide an affordable and easy-to-use, excellent sounding recording channel for these guys. They aren’t engineers, they are musicians!” commented EveAnna Manley, president of Manley Labs.

“The CORE is feature-laden without being confusing. Its whole purpose is to give the musician the tools he needs to turn in a great sounding track.”

Specs are as follows:


48V Phantom power switch

120Hz High Pass Filter switch

Phase Invert switch

Input Attenuator (Variable Pad)

Mic Pre Selectable Gain 40 dB or 60 dB (Total Gain >70 dB)

Line Amp Selectable Gain 20 dB or 40 dB


Hand-wound Manley IRON® input transformer with nickel laminations in a mu-metal can

Class A tube amplifying stage circuit topology (similar to the Manley VOXBOX® and Manley Dual Mono & Mono Microphone Preamplifiers)

All-triode high voltage vacuum tube circuit

Regulated 300 Volt B+ supply


Similar to the DI in the Manley SLAM!®

All-discrete solid-state circuit

10 Meg Ohm input impedance (ideal for guitars, bass, keyboards, etc.)


ELOP® technology also found in the Manley VOXBOX

Compressor placed before the mic preamp–virtually impossible to clip

Ratio 3:1

Continuously variable Attack, Release, and Threshold controls

Silent Bypass switch


Low and High Baxandall shelves (80 Hz and 12 kHz) with ± 12dB range

Sweepable Midrange Bell EQ (100 Hz – 1 kHz) or (1–10 kHz) with ±10dB range


Fast attack FET brickwall limiter

Continuously variable Threshold and Release controls

Peak Limit LED indicator

10dB range output gain control


Large illuminated analog display

3-way meter select to read Compressor gain reduction, Mic Preamp Output level, and Main Output audio levels.


Balanced XLR mic input

Balanced XLR line input

Front panel direct instrument 1/4" input

Insert point between Mic Preamp/Compressor and EQ/Limiter via 1/4" TRS jack

Balanced XLR direct output (after Preamp/Compressor section)

Balanced XLR main output