Manley CORE Mic-Pre, EQ, Compressor & FET Limiter

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Product Ref: 75880

  • Class A Tube Mic Preamplifier with Hand-wound Transformers
  • ELOP Compressor with 3:1 Ratio Tames Any Signal Transparently
  • Baxandall EQ with Low/high Shelving and Sweepable Mid
  • Fast Attack FET Brickwall Limiter Ensures Ensures Reduced Clipping
  • Flexible Metering Can Display Input, Output, and Compressor Gain

Manley CORE Mic-Pre, EQ, Compressor & FET Limiter

The Manley CORE Mic-Pre, EQ, Compressor & FET Limiter is a professional channel strip combing the most popular devices from Manleys range, including the 'VOXBOX', the 'IRON', and the 'SLAM!'. The CORE interprets high versatility at a lower price, making the CORE more accessible to any serious artist or engineer. The premium build quality thanks to handcrafted construction in the USA, paired with the rack mountability, makes the Manley CORE an perfect addition to your studio rack.

Product Ref: 75880

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Seamless Control

The Manley CORE Mic-Pre, EQ, Compressor & FET Limiter utilises a simple, yet effective front panel interface. You get a high-end Manley mic preamp, followed by a 3:1 ELOP style compressor putting you in complete control of dynamics. The active Baxandall EQ gives you full access to equalisation parameters and a fast attack FET brickwall prevents your converters from accidental clipping.

Advanced Preamplifier

The CORE features direct inputs to the widely renowned Manley IRON, allowing for the clearest, most accurate audio from your recording devices. The tube amplifying stage features technology taken from the Manley VOXBOX, implementing huge headroom and high output drive capability.

¼” Direct Input

The Manley CORE Mic-Pre, EQ, Compressor & FET Limiter boasts a solid-state circuit with 10 Meg Ohm input impedance, very similar to that in the Manley SLAM!, making the CORE perfect for guitars, bass, keyboards, etc.


  • 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 fantastic direct-instrument recordings
  • 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 metering can display input, output, and compressor gain reduction levels


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Maximum Mic Input
    • Low Gain Setting): -5 dBu or 435mV RMS @ 0.5% THD
    • High Gain Setting): -25 dBu or 44 mV RMS @ 0.5% THD
  • Maximum Line Input
    • 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 Direct Input
    • 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
    • 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
    • Maximum Main Output: +20 dBu

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Low and High Baxandall Shelves (80Hz and 12kHz) with ±12dB range
  • Sweepable Midrange Bell EQ (100Hz – 1kHz) or (1kHz – 10kHz) 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 switch shows Compressor Gain Reduction, Micpre 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 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.