Manley Langevin Dual Vocal Combo #LDVCP1294 (Used)

2-channel mic preamplifier/EQ/opto limiter channel strip
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The Manley Langevin Dual Vocal Combo is a 2 channel microphone preamplifier with 2 shelf equalizers plus 2 channels of electro-optical limiters. The combo is the result of suggestions from our dealers to combine two of the most popular all discrete Langevin products. This includes VU meters, phantom power, limiter linking and time proven circuitry. This should be an ideal box for musicians and engineers on a budget and be equally at home in a studio, mobile recording truck or live gig. It has the reliability, functionality, and the sound without the complexity. The essential features without the sea of knobs?

The Mic Pre's are transformer coupled (hand wound by Manley) with 50 dB o gain provided by pure discrete transistor circuits. 48 volt phantom power can be applied to each input XLR independently and the switches are a locking type to prevent accidents.

New to the Langevin line are front panel 1/4" Direct Instrument inputs. A new little discrete circuit from Paul Fargo gives these inputs an appropriate input impedance (500K) and provide about 40 dB of gain.

The Equalizers are comprised of a low frequency shelf that can be switched to either 40 Hz or 80 Hz and a high shelf that can be set for 8 kHz or 12 kHz. These shelves are continuously variable from -10 dB to +10 dB of gain. Of course, the EQ can be completely switched out if needed.

The Mic Pres and Equalizers are refined versions of the original Langevin AM-4 channel strip which is another one of those prized vintage pieces.

The Limiter is the discrete transistor version of the Manley Electro-Optical Limiter (also featured in the VoxBox). This type of limiter is superb for vocals and a wide range of instruments from basses and guitars to synths and room mics. When it comes to tracking and fast set-ups, the lack of a multitude of controls is a real feature. You can simply set up the Threshold and Gain controls and expect that the limiter will do the right thing without a lot of tweaking.

The Limiters have Threshold and (make-up) Gain controls, a Link switch for stereo and a pair of toggles that switch the VU meters to Gain Reduction or Output Level. These are true stereo limiters without the usual problems of left/right matching common to other stereo opto based limiters.

The back panel has XLR mic inputs paralleled with 1/4" TRS jacks that feed the mic pre stage. There is also a 1/4" line level input for the limiters so they can be inserted into console channels for a mix. The main outputs are transformerless balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4" TS. The chassis is a 2U box (3.5" high) with a 1/4" red anodized panel.

Because this unit is discrete, easy on the wallet and meant to be ultimately easy and quick to use, there are certain little things that it may not do for you. There are no line inputs for the mic preamps but if you turn the Input Attenuators down, it may be OK. There are no Direct Outputs from the Mic Pre/EQ stage so one cant use those and the Limiters as 4 separate sections. The limiters while amazing for vocals and individual instruments are not optimal for mixes or individual drums. The EQ is sweet and simple but obviously not a 4 band parametric.

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