Manley Core Reference Channel Strip Microphone Preamplifier

Combining elements of Manley's most-loved outboard gear in a musician-friendly mic preamp/EQ/compressor/limiter, the Core makes it easy to get a great sound.

Overall User Ratings (based on 2 ratings)
  • Overall:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sound:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Features:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ease of Use:
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Value:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Manufacturer Support:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • The Wow Factor:
    3.5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Submitted April 15, 2023 by a customer from

"Exactly what I was looking for"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I’m aware there’s lots of preferences out there, but in my opinion this thing is just incredible. I’d heard “musical EQ” described, but never truly experienced it until now. Again, everyone has their preferences. This might not be for you. However, if you like a truly musical EQ, CLEAN preamp, and solid limiter look no further. If you follow the manual closely, it goes a long way when using this amazing piece of gear!
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Submitted December 15, 2018 by Andrew S in Lowell, MA

"Beware the Hype."

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The hype this thing has gotten is off the charts. But why? I don't get it.In comparison to other preamps at this price (high end by any standard), this would be my last choice.Compared to Empirical Labs and SPL, the preamp is weak and thin sounding, the compressor seems to do nothing (I've switched it in and out and noticed nothing happening), and the limiter doesn't kick in until it's too late, letting peaks get through. The only part that works well is the EQ - which sounds very good.This thing needs more gain and a better compressor to compete with other brands in this range.It should also have a D-Esser function, because of it's inherently bright sound.I'll stick with my SPL.

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