It's good to have standards, and if yours are some of the highest, then Manley Labs is definitely one of the brands you should have on your wish list. All of Manley's hardware is domestically built in their Chino factory, and they do it the traditional way: by hand. They design all their gear in house, they pick and place components manually, and they even keep thousands of new old stock vacuum tubes to make sure they've always got great performers on tap which is important when they make each one pass rigorous testing before approving it for use! The Manley Labs CORE Channel Strip is a good example of how all these boutique building philosophies can lead to one versatile piece of hardware.
Although its retro styling may look similar, this ain't your grandpa's channel strip. Updated and refined, the Manley CORE Channel Strip is built on more than 25 years of company history to combine the best features of old school hardware with smart forgiving circuitry and a modern, easy to use front panel that make it a cinch to cut professional quality tracks. Highlights of the CORE include its tube powered micline preamp section, an ELOP based compressor, full range equalizer and a fast attack FET "brickwall" limiter. There's a 14" direct input for your instrument of choice, and under the hood, you'll find Manley's hand wound IRON input transformer along with a class A circuit layout imported from the legendary VOXBOX.
Considering all that goodness, there's a lot to love about the Manley Labs CORE Channel Strip. And the best part of all may be that this piece of hardware is surprisingly affordable for genuine Manley gear so even if you're building a modest hobby studio at home, you can still get your hands on the kind of performance that only comes from hand made boutique pro audio equipment. The CORE is a force to be reckoned with in any system, and it's safe to say that finding out firsthand what it can do for your setup will be a thrilling experience.