CORE®
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Building upon its 25-year legacy producing revered recording studio equipment; Manley Labs has distilled its core technologies from this lineage. 2014 delivered 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.

The signal enters through our renowned hand-wound MANLEY IRON® input transformer with nickel laminations in a mu-metal can. The tube amplifying stage is the latest implementation of our famous Class-A circuit topology found in the VOXBOX® and Manley Dual Mono & Mono Microphone Preamplifiers. This all-triode vacuum tube circuit runs on a regulated 300 Volt B+ supply yielding huge headroom and relentless output drive capability.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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DETAILS

 
 
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FRONT PANEL CONTROLS + DIRECT INPUT

48V Phantom power switch

120Hz High Pass Filter switch

Phase Invert switch

Input Attenuator (Variable Pad)

Mic Pre Selectable Gain 40dB or 60dB

Line Amp Selectable Gain 20dB or 40dB

DIRECT IN: Similar to the DI in the Manley SLAM!®, this all-discrete solid-state circuit with 10 Meg Ohm input impedance is perfect for guitars, bass, keyboards, etc.

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COMPRESSOR

Featuring our successful ELOP® technology also found in our famous Manley VOXBOX®

Compressor is uniquely before the Mic Preamp making it virtually impossible to clip

Ratio 3:1

Continuously variable Attack, Release, and Threshold controls

Silent Bypass switch

EQUALIZER

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

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

LIMITER

Fast attack FET “brickwall” limiter

Continuously Variable Threshold and Release controls

Peak Limit LED indicator

10dB range output gain control

METER

Large illuminated analog display

3-way meter-select switch shows Compressor Gain Reduction, Micpre Output Level, and Main Output audio levels.

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INPUTS & OUTPUTS

Balanced XLR Mic Input

Balanced XLR Line Input

Front Panel Direct Instrument 1/4" Input

Insert point between Mic Preamp and EQ/Limiter via ¼” TRS jack

Balanced XLR Direct Output (after Preamp/Compressor section)

Balanced XLR Main Output

Deluxe CNC-machined 1/4" thick faceplate with inlaid laser-engraved inserts adorn the rigid 2U steel chassis – all locally sourced in Southern California.

 
 
 

SPECIFICATIONS

 
  • ALL-TUBE preamplifier audio path using 1 x 12AX7 for gain and 1 x 6922 White Follower
  • Balanced Transformer Coupled XLR Microphone Input Impedance: 1200 Ohms
  • Balanced XLR Line Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
  • Unbalanced 1/4" Direct Input Impedance: 10 Meg Ohm
  • Hi-current drive Direct XLR output Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Silent conductive plastic INPUT attenuator
  • Microphone preamp high pass filter starting at 120Hz with a 6dB/8va slope
  • Compressor Maximum GAIN REDUCTION: 16 dB
  • Compressor ATTACK time: 60ms slowest CCW, 30ms at 12:00, 5ms fastest CW for 6dB compression
  • Compressor RELEASE time: 1.5s slowest CCW, 1s at 12:00, 100ms fastest CW from 6dB compression

 

  • Maximum Input Mic input (Low Gain Setting): -5 dBu or 435mV RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Input Mic input (High Gain Setting): -25 dBu or 44 mV RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Input Line input (Low Gain Setting): +13 dBu or 3.5V RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Input Line input (High Gain Setting): -8 dBu or 300mV RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Input Direct input (Low Gain Setting): +24 dBu or 12V RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Input Direct input (High Gain Setting): +17 dBu or 5.5V RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Input Insert return: +20 dBu or 7.8V RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Preamp Output (Insert Send): +35 dBu or 43V RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Preamp Output (Insert Send): +22 dBu into 600 Ohms
  • Maximum Main Output: +20 dBu
 
  • Insert Send output impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Insert Return input impedance: 13 kOhms
  • Main Output Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Direct Output Headroom (referenced to +4 dBv): 31 dB
  • Main Output Headroom (referenced to +4 dBv): 16 dB
  • Dynamic Range: >90 dB
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.5 dB

 

  • Large LED illuminated VU METER
  • Meters switch to read Direct Output (1) from preamp, Output (2) from Main Out, or Compressor Gain Reduction
  • THD & Noise (1kHz @ +4 dBm): 0.02% at Low Gain setting
  • Noise Floor (Gain set to minimum): -70 dB wideband typical
  • Gain via Microphone Input: 40 or 60 dB
  • Gain via Line Input: 20 or 40dB
  • Maximum Gain of EQ & Limiter section: 10 dB
  • AUTOMUTE warmup delay: 30 Seconds

 

  • Power consumption: 35 watts
  • Operating mains voltage: 90 to 254 VAC (internal universal supply)
  • Mains Voltage Frequency: 50-60Hz
  • Dimensions: 19" x 3 1/2" x 7" (occupies 2u)
  • Unit Weight: 8.3 lbs.
  • Shipping weight: 11.5 lbs.
 
Specifications subject to change because they just might.
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