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December News & Season’s Greetings from Manley Laboratories!

December News & Season’s Greetings from Manley Laboratories!

– First, A Note from EveAnna Manley –

Warm Season’s Greetings to my Manley family around the globe!

I sure am looking forward to having a few days off this year after busting our tails off all of 2018. This year we finally got the stunning Manley Absolute Headphone Amplifier into production and the first reviews have been raves. Check out this video that Kevin Deal of Upscale Audio here in Southern California produced about it. He goes through every detail of the product and provides some useful insider information to drive customers to his business.

This is the kind of content creation from a dealer that is to be commended. I hope this inspires your marketing teams as well. It has inspired me! Let’s continue to rock in 2019!

And just as a final reminder, we will honor all Purchase Orders for Manley Absolute Headphone Amplifiers received before January 1, 2019 at the special introductory MSRP of $3800, and then the permanent retail price of $4500 kicks in. INVEST! Here is your chance to order deep in order to make more margin!

EveAnna Manley

The Manley Absolute Headphone Amplifier (Video)

Our long-time dealer Upscale Audio just released this excellent overview of the new Absolute Headphone Amplifier. Many thanks to Kevin Deal!


In honor of our 30th Anniversary of building high-end American-made tube gear, we are doing something extremely rare for us: giving away a Manley Enhanced Pultec EQP-1A.

The celebration began at AES 2018 and will conclude at the January 2019 Winter NAMM Show – we are encouraging our fans to review the Manley gear they’ve used over the last three decades and send us links to these reviews. We’ll then pick a random winner and announce it at the NAMM Show in Anaheim!

Click the links below to read all about it and to download sharable imagery, and please help us spread the word to get more Manley reviews up worldwide!



For the last thirty years, the Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone has had that “finished” sound right out of the box, making it the favorite vocal mic of top producers and voiceover artists alike. Not only has it appeared on a MASSIVE number of Top 10 hits from the late ’90s onwards, but it was also the mic behind the “Voice of God” in countless movie trailers – thanks to the legendary Don LaFontaine.

This is modern pop music’s go-to mic: flattering, present, and larger-than-life. Some people even refer to it as the “Just Add Talent” microphone.
We should mention that it pairs exceptionally well with…


Building upon its 25-year legacy producing revered recording studio equipment, Manley Labs has distilled its technologies into 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 their 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!

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Get Acquainted with the Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8

Get Acquainted with the Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8

The RMP-D8’s First Review Is In

Whether used for live performance, broadcast, or in the studio, the new RMP-D8 is a revelation in sound quality, reliability and convenience. Each channel of the RMP-D8 has a fully-realized class-A microphone preamplifier feeding a custom transformer, maintaining the high standards of Rupert Neve Designs’ standalone preamplifiers while seamlessly integrating mastering-grade converters with Dante and AES connectivity.

“I heard and felt the difference immediately. The RMP-D8 sounded absolutely fantastic.”

-Vince Lepore, FOH Magazine

Read the full review

RMP Sound Tests at Orb Recording

To showcase the RMP-D8’s preamps and converters, we put them up against some of the most well-known studio equivalents (SSL 6K E G+) on drums, voice and guitar with similarly well-known microphones. While this is by no means a scientific shootout, it does provide a useful reference for the RMP-D8’s classic Rupert Neve character and capabilities.

“When we put the RMP in, it seemed like there was an instant body and dimension on the drums versus the other micpreamps and converters.”

Charlie Kramsky (Nothing More, Bobby McFerrin)

RMP-D8 Control with Yamaha CL / QL Consoles

Yamaha Professional Audio recently announced Version 5.0 for Yamaha CL and QL Digital Audio Consoles. With the new update, the Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 can now be controlled remotely from any Yamaha CL or QL console equipped with Dante, providing a new high-end mic preamp option for Dante-connected venues, studios, broadcast systems, and touring rigs.

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When Neve Style 1073 Preamp and Universal Audio 1176 FET Style Compressor Collide

When Neve Style 1073 Preamp and Universal Audio 1176 FET Style Compressor Collide

BAE subsidiary UK Sound is in the business of manufacturing high-quality analog gear for musicians and engineers seeking vintage character without spending a fortune. The 1173 brings together two timeless circuits, the 1073 preamp and a classic FET compressor, to infuse your productions with the sonic soul of the ’70s. Boasting discrete Class A circuitry with transformer-balanced input and output, the 1173 performs wonders on any instrument or vocal, delivering the character and assertiveness your tracks have been asking for. Crafted in California with meticulously selected components, the UK Sound 1173 delivers the best of both worlds: world-class vintage warmth and punch, and real-world value. Give the UK Sound 1173 a serious audition — you will be impressed. You’re probably going to want two.

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Manley Labs Factory Tour and Interview with President EveAnna Manley

Manley Labs Factory Tour and Interview with President EveAnna Manley

The president of Manley Labs EveAnna Manley is a sharp individual. Her manufacturing operation is based out of Chino, California and is capable of producing metric tons of both pro-side and audiophile goods – all hand assembled in the US. I briefly ran into EveAnna at the musician’s convention NAMM this year, and she graciously invited me to stop by the offices for a tour. It is an interesting and enlightening experience and one that I had previously seen before, so it was easy to say yes for a more formal, image-intensive go ’round.

The large warehouse on the eastern outskirts of Los Angeles houses a plethora of Manley duties, including operations, manufacturing and even some design work. EveAnna conducts most of the tour herself, laying down intriguing facts, stories and insights into what its like producing tube based-amplifiers and microphones for world consumption. Manley does ship a significant percentage of their wares outside the border of the United States. Harnessing a global presence since the late 90’s, Manley broke away from its originating company Vacuum Tube Logic (VTL) and formally settled in its Chino location in 1993. Now sales cater to the world stage (and studios) as well as a good chunk of tube tech oriented at the analog-loving audiophile market.

EveAnna is quick to point out that so much of the company’s output is handled under one roof. Mechanical engraving, assembly and especially transformer winding all happen under the watchful supervision of the in-house staff. Multiple offices are even equipped with treadmill desks for those who prefer the proper stature of an upright workday.

Several material cutting machines craft, saw and pummel metal into the appropriate shapes and designs on the far side of the building. EveAnna has attempted to streamline the entire process for maximum efficiencies with systems for ordering, inventory and shipping in constant churn.

A now-ancient Apple computer mans the helm at a mechanical engraving station (as an alternative to laser engraving). The interface has to be manually programmed with line-level syntax and backed up on giant 5 1/4″ floppy disks, but provides an interesting look for some of Manley’s faceplates.

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July News from Manley Laboratories

Manley Labs

July News from Manley Laboratories

– First, A Note from EveAnna Manley –

Happy Summer to all of our business partners around the globe! We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the brand and especially for welcoming JB Lierre onboard as our new Director of International Sales. He and Gamma have been reaching out to everyone. With this newsletter we are going to try to be more proactive about staying in touch with everyone.

At the factory we have been working on finalizing some new hifi designs. I recently was lucky to add Dylan Wahl to our design team. Dylan has vast experience with all sorts of engineering – ranging from automotive electronics to automation design to particle accelerators and other non-audio disciplines. I first met Dylan through mastering engineer Pete Lyman. Dylan had designed and constructed brand new record lathe control circuitry for Pete’s lathe at Infrasonic Mastering. I was immediately impressed with the clean layouts and clever features he had designed for Pete. Also we are all motorbike enthusiasts…so we got along instantly. For the last few years Dylan was working with record lathe legend Len Horowitz at History of Recorded Sound, restoring lathes for folks all around the world. At Len’s place in Culver City I got to see Doug Sax’s epic Mastering Labs record cutting systems being restored for their current owner, Acoustic Sounds, and I got to see how they repair and rewind cutter heads. Working with Len, Dylan developed his listening skills and vacuum tube chops. He brings a wealth of skills to our team along with a kind heart and buckets of patience! I am really excited to have multi-talented Dylan Wahl working with us.



As some of you may have noticed, we’ve recently updated our logo, returning to the classic engraver’s font used many moons ago. Please visit the link below to download all new logo assets, and make sure your marketing department is aware of the changes – these apply to the entire Manley brand worldwide, so your dealers will need to update their websites and other materials accordingly.


We’ve just produced four audio demonstration videos featuring our new Nu Mu Stereo Limiter Compressor – you can view them all on our YouTube channel, or download them via the link below.

Please be sure to share these with your dealers, and get them up on their Nu Mu product pages if possible…

TEC Manley


The Manley Reference Silver Tube Microphone has been nominated for a TEC Award in the Technical Achievement category for Microphones (Recording) – we are so honored!



Established in 1991 in Tokyo, Japan, Hook Up is one of Manley’s very oldest partners. Their relationship with Manley dates all the way back to 1992 (!), and they’ve remained one of Manley’s strongest importers for many decades.

In Hook Up’s words: “At our start, we focused on MI products, then expanded with Pro Audio gear – including Manley Labs – at a very early phase. In that way, we have grown up together with Manley in the Pro Audio market. Now Manley gear is well-known in Japan as a very high-quality top brand.”

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Slate Microphones


It’s been a historic week at Slate Digital with the release of the VMS ML-2 small diaphragm modeling microphone. Our dealers are NOW shippingthese incredibly versatile microphones to you, our amazing customers, and the reviews and testimonials are coming in

Our friends at Production Expert have created this thorough video review of the VMS ML-2. Click below and watch as they mic up a drum set with 4 VMS ML-2’s and a VMS ML-1.


Here’s what our awesome customers are saying about the VMS ML-2!

With the VMS ML-2 release we created a way for you to experience the Slate Virtual Recording Studio including ALL of our microphone models.

Click below to go to The VRS Experience page where you can download all the Slate plugins including 14 day demos of our VMS microphone plugins, as well as a multitrack session recorded with VMS mics through our upcoming VRS8 interface.


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Slate Virtual Recording Studio – Free Demo – The VRS Experience

Slate Virtual Recording Studio – Free Demo – The VRS Experience

When I was twenty years old, I was interning at a pro studio in Boston, Massachusetts where I had the fortune of working with high end gear like vintage mics, tape machines, consoles, and all the rack gear you could ever want. Then I’d retire back to my janky little home studio, dreaming of one day having the money to afford all the cool toys from my day job.

That’s why I am so thrilled about the Slate Digital Virtual Recording Studio.Now you don’t have to be elite or rich to have access to the industry’s most sought-after tools, including a locker full of the very best microphones.

But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.
I’m so pleased to let Slate users know that they can now experience ALL of our Virtual Microphone models! By visiting the VRS Experience, you can download demos of all Slate Plugins, including 14 day demos of both our Classic Tubes Mic module and our new Classic Instruments Mic Module. You can then download the VRS Session which was recorded with ML-2 and ML-1 microphones, and audition the virtual mics to hear the incredibly precise tone of the mic modeling. You’ll want to make sure you activate all the Slate and Eiosis plugins since they are needed for the session.

So I hope you enjoy playing around with the Virtual Recording Studio! It’s a lot of fun to shape your own sound using your own mic combinations! Happy mixing!


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