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Old 29th October 2012 , 05:13 PM
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Default MANLEY Massive Passive installed

Very pleased to add this wonderful equalizer to the SAS Mastering rack.
Many thanks to my clients for your support without your patronage I could not invest in
new tools to get even better end results.

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Massive Passive for mastering??? Really???
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Old 29th October 2012 , 09:19 PM
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Yes Trevor, many mastering studios have them and I can now hear why

Staggeringly good equalizer for broad tonal strokes and a very euphonic signal pass through. Pure analogue goodness from input to output courtesy of MANLEY custom wound transformers/inductors and that stonking great Class A (6 valve) output stage.
A good complementary equalizer to my custom built stepped switch Sontec clone.

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I've had one for many years and like it for mixing BUT, for mastering I'd say it's low end is kinda vague/wobbly and it doesn't have a great high end like, say, the IBIS does. What it is great for is adding girth/depth to recordings. It just wouldn't be on my shortlist for mastering. YMMV I guess though it doesn't even look like the mastering version from your pictures?.
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Old 2nd November 2012 , 04:25 PM
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Glad you can share my joy Trev, lol.

Seems it is Bob Ludwig's fave EQ and I understand why. I really love the low end and the mids are jaw dropping. Rarely does an equalizer excel in more than a single band at least for boosts, so getting great bottom and mids is a wonder to behold. Most equalizers tend to work very well within a specific range I have found for applying boost.

If I want tight bass the Sontec clone is ideal, if I want all out weight and fatness it's the MP and some other of my fave tools.

I will use the top end for upper mids harshness reduction, so all in all I am very pleased and satisfied this is going to get a hell of a lot of use.

Non mastering version is a non issue (as plenty of other mastering engineers also find), it is a broad shaping tool and the build quality being extremely high means it is highly re-callable. In practice there is not problem matching L/R channels whatsoever.

The euphonic pass through is a bonus.

I tried the IBIS and did not like it. Onwards and upwards.
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Old 30th November 2012 , 08:56 AM
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This eq is astonishing, the more I use it the more I am learning what an incredible tool it is. The bottom end is really great. This is a tool I will be using for years to come I am sure. Not a cheap item but in context of long term ownership good value is what I would say.

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