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Manley VOXBOX 2021 PRIDE Edition Tube Channel Strip

All-tube channel strip with Manley's acclaimed Mono Microphone Preamp, vari-mu/optical compressor, and Pultec-style EQ with limited Pride edition rainbow cosmetics

Product Description

In celebration of LGBT Pride Month 2021, Manley Labs is extremely liberated to announce the VOXBOX 2021 PRIDE EDITION: a special version of their classic best-selling VOXBOX Reference Channel Strip with rainbow cosmetics. Manley Labs believe in equality for all human beings regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, and thus will be donating proceeds from sales of this unit to the Human Rights Campaign.

From EveAnna Manley:

“In the spirit of social inclusion and recognition of our desire for the supportive embrace of all people, I invite everyone to help celebrate Gay Pride Month 2021 with us. May unification, peace, and calm be eventually restored to our planet with love, appreciation, and understanding for all of our fellow humans.”


The Manley Labs VOXBOX is an all-tube channel strip that may well be your "last stop" voice processor, but it's also set to make the most out of virtually any source you throw its way. The VOXBOX shares its fully-featured microphone preamplifier design with Manley's acclaimed Mono Microphone Preamplifier, offering a whole lot of headroom and Class A vacuum tube tone. What's more, the smooth compressor section is a perfect blend of Manley's best-selling Variable MU and the opto-design of their ELOP. All of these features, in addition to a flexible Pultec-style mid-frequency equalizer, de-esser/limiter section, and stereo link function, make the VOXBOX a true sonic studio workhorse.

MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIER SECTION

The preamplifier is a clone of a highly regarded and popular mic pre: the Manley Mono Microphone Preamplifier! The mic input transformer is Manley's own design wound in-house at the Manley Labs factory. High current 48V Phantom power is switchable from the front panel. A simple and effective passive BASS CUT switch kills rumble and reduces popping. The INPUT ATTENUATOR is a variable pad control situated before the first tube stage allowing the preamplifier to accommodate +4 line level signals via the balanced LINE INPUT and instruments via the front panel 1/4" DIRECT INPUT. These inputs are selected in the middle position of the dual-function phase invert switch. We provide both transformer balanced XLR output as well as a transformerless "audiophile" 1/4" phone jack output. The Gain switch is actually a clever variable feedback control that changes not only the gain but the slew rate and flavor of the circuit. With it you can choose how laid back and mellow or how up-front and aggressive you want it to get. See "Notes on Variable Feedback" for more info. Headroom is a strong point in this circuit, +31 dBu capable. This is 5 to 10 dB better than almost all other pro gear. The music passes through only the super-clean pure Class A vacuum tube circuitry. There are obvious advantages to this purist approach and foremost is the un-electronic final sound that carries emotion into the digital realm.

COMPRESSOR SECTION

This cool compressor design takes Manley's opto-isolator approach of the Manley ELOP Limiter to the max. We adjusted the Ratio down to 3:1 to turn the ELOP into a compressor and added ATTACK and RELEASE controls for more versatility. What is clever is how the signal is compressed before it hits the tubes with no detrimental effect on distortion or frequency response. This way, it can prevent mic-pre clipping and eliminate whole stages of electronics. This cuts the typical path of mic to tape in half! We also pioneered new thinking in the sidechain by using up to four different time constants simultaneously and controlling them with familiar simple attack, release and threshold controls. This approach is called "Parametric Compression." Manley developed optimum settings or presets based on their favorite Vactrols that we use in our own fast ELOP Limiter, the quick LA-2A's T-4 module, the slower LA-3A and then created more complex special settings. This extended range and method of timing delivers fresh sounds from powerhouse punching drums to super-solid bass yet can also emulate the way good engineers delicately ride a fader while recording. It is transparent and liquid-smooth on vocals, easy to use and accurate. Also rare for an opto-based dynamic processor, this compressor works great on mixes. Of course, you'll be needing two VOXBOXes linked in stereo...

EQ SECTION

Lots of folks requested that we include the Pultec Mid Frequency Equalizer in the VOXBOX, but they wanted MORE.... Now we've extended it to 33 frequencies in 3 bands with 6 new frequencies from 20 Hz to 150 Hz, and 6 more in the highs from 6.4 KHz to 20 KHz. Ever notice that only EQs with real inductors have the bottom end magic or that only Class A circuitry can keep the top end sweet? This is for you. The EQ INPUT switch patches in the Line Input, Preamp Output, or the INSERT return. This switch serves double-duty acting as a bypass switch for the preamp and/or external processors or for processing two different tracks.

DE-ESSER & LIMITER SECTION

Designed by folks with admittedly large gaps between their two front teeth, the VOXBOX combo also includes a de-esser & peak limiter based on the original ELOP Limiter design but with an added passive LC network to handle the de-essing four carefully chosen notch frequencies from 3KHz to 12KHz. (That 3 kHz setting really tames those annoying frequencies!) The fifth position gives you a limiter which totally mimics the famous LA-2A. This means you can both compress pre-EQ then limit here post-EQ. Another cool feature is the ability to insert this de-esser silently and smoothly as the music plays, using it as needed.

THE METER

The METER is a full size illuminated Sifam VU meter. A five-position switch shows three audio levels: the line input, the preamp output and the final output. It also shows compressor gain reduction and the de-esser/limiter action. Other clever innovations incorporated into the VOXBOX combo include warm-up muting circuitry, extensive magnetic field containment, 'smart -grounding', and silent switching. The sum-total is more than the separate parts: consider the reduced patching, the short path to tape and you having this much immediate control. As engineers, we choose what we use not based entirely on features and functions - there is a sound, a texture we reach for and the VOXBOX combo puts the 'Manley Sound' together with 'Your Sound'.

FEATURES:

  • Manley Transformers with nickel laminations in mu-metal cases
  • 2 kohm MIC INPUT Z with high current 48 V phantom power built-in
  • Hi-Z (100K) direct instrument Input
  • Line and insert inputs (balanced XLR & 1/4")
  • Preamp and EQ outputs LO-Z (50 ohm)
  • Transformer balanced XLR output
  • Transformerless unbalanced 1/4"outputs
  • Stereo Link for Compressor & De-esser/Limiter
  • Side chain monitor for De-Esser
  • Large illuminated Sifam meter with five readout modes
  • THD + N (1 kHz @ +20 dBu): 0.3%
  • Maximum output: +31 dBu
  • De-ess notch frequencies: 3, 6, 9, 12 kHz
  • Power consumption: 24 watts
  • Dimensions: 19" x 5.25" x 10" (occupies 3U)

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • MANLEY transformers with nickel laminations in mu-metal cases
  • 2 kOhm MIC INPUT Z with High current 4 8V Phantom power built-in
  • Hi-Z (100K) Direct Instrument Input
  • LINE & INSERT INPUTS (balanced XLR & 1/4")
  • PREAMP & EQ outputs LO-Z (50 Ohms)
  • Transformer balanced XLR outputs
  • Transformerless unbalanced 1/4"outputs
  • STEREO LINK for Compressor & De-esser/Limiter
  • SIDE CHAIN MONITOR for De-Esser
  • Large ILLUMINATED Sifam METER with FIVE readout modes - (older units before serial number MVB
  • THD + N (1 kHz @ +20 dBu): 0.3%
  • Maximum output: +31 dBu

Product Specifications

ConditionNew
ChannelsSingle-Channel
Chassis19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces3u
Direct InputYes
Digital I/ONo
Input Connectors1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR
Output Connectors1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR
EQ TypeParametric

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