Manley Core Reference Channel Strip


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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.

“The Core is therefore an uncompromising channel strip treatment that becomes the most affordable entry point for the high-end ‘Manley Sound’.”
– KR Home Studio, February 2018 –




  • 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.


  • 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.



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.



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