The Manley Variable Mu Limiter / Compressor has been our best selling product for many years. It is one of the very few compressors that has become a real standard in Mastering studios and contributed to most hit records over the last decade and probably the next. "Mu" is tube-speak for gain, and Variable Mu is our registered trademark for this limiter compressor. It works by using the "remote cut-off" or re-biasing of a vacuum tube to achieve compression.
Manley input & output transformers with nickel laminations in mu-metal cases with flat frequency response from 20Hz-25KHz
Balanced Inputs and Outputs(600 ohms)
Fully differential ALL-TUBE circuitry using one each 5670, 5751, 7044 or 5687, & 12AL5 per channel
Independently regulated B+ and Heater supplies
Hard-wire Bypass switch
Silent conductive plastic dual Input attenuator
Recovery 5 steps: 0.2s, 0.4s, 0.6s, 4sec., 8sec.
Variable Attack: 25 ms-70 ms
Continuously variable Threshold
Limit (4:1 to 20:1) or Compress (1.5 to 1)
Large Illuminated Sifam Meters
Stereo Link Switch
Maximum gain: 35dB
Max. output: +30dBu (26Vrms) 26dB Headroom
<0.1% THD @ 1kHz Noise floor: -85dB typical
Power Consumption (120/240VAC): 80 watts
Operating Mains Voltage changeable with power transformer changeover switch and fuse value change.
Mains Voltage Frequency: 50~ 60Hz
Dimensions: 19 x 3 1/2 x 10 (chassis occupies 2u) Power transformer protrudes 3.5" out the back of the chassis.
Used / Vintage
Tube or Solid State
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