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Manley Custom Gold Reference Multi-pattern Microphone with Preamp

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The Manley Gold Reference Multi-pattern microphones are a statement of the finest microphones that money can buy in the pursuit of truly accurate musical recordings. The Gold Reference Series employ M... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Manley Gold Reference Multi-pattern microphones are a statement of the finest microphones that money can buy in the pursuit of truly accurate musical recordings. The Gold Reference Series employ Manley's own design of large capsules (1.25 inch overall, 1 inch diaphragm diameter), which are executed to precise tolerances made possible by modern micro-milling machinery. The capsule rings and back-plates on this Manley mic is milled from solid brass. The gold diaphragm film comes from Germany and is tensioned using proprietary techniques by David Josephson ensuring capsule-to-capsule constancy, combined with the speed, "air", and superb ultra-high frequency response you have only dreamt about.

The all-tube electronics in the Manley Reference Mics are built around two triodes in cascade forming an entire gain-block. Manley has recently switched to a dual-triode 12AX7WA tube that are easily obtainable and replaceable, mounted in a ceramic socket. The output is coupled through a Manley output transformer of unparalleled quality and substantial physical size employing nickel laminations with "hum bucking" bi-filar windings, encased in mu-metal. The polar pattern control is continuously variable between the OMNI, CARDIOID, and FIGURE 8 positions vastly increasing this mic's versatility. The Manley Gold mics make it possible to exactly tailor the proximity effect to achieve the desired character.

Manley has chosen a very open weave stainless-steel grille for the capsule window which allows all the highs to reach the capsule unimpaired letting the engineer choose if, when, and how much pop screen is appropriate. As a result, the Reference Gold reaches to the furthest extremes of highs and lows with gorgeous natural acoustic smoothness. Some engineers tell us it sometimes "hears" more than they do! The base of the Manley microphone holds a locking 3 pin gold XLR connector for the audio signal output to allow you to use whatever audio cable you prefer” as exotic as you wish. A detachable threaded 4-pin connector for the 30-foot power supply cable carries the stringently filtered B+ and regulated heater voltages from the separate dedicated power supply. The microphone body is machined from brass providing excellent shielding properties, polished to a high luster, then plated with 24 karat gold for an impressive finish, inspiring confidence in artists and producers.

Manley's precision suspension system is provided with each Reference Microphone (the capsule itself is mounted onto a neoprene-rubber shock-mount.) Because the entire working "guts" of the microphone may be removed for service in one piece from the housing, it is envisioned that the microphone need not be removed from the suspension. Manley also provides a very useful swivel of their own design with every Reference Microphone; its T-bar handle and locking clutch action require no tools to adjust. And no MANLEY microphone would be complete without a genuine leather capsule protector with soft velour lining which slips (and ties) onto the end of the microphone to protect the capsule when not in use.

Each Manley Custom Gold Reference Microphone is packaged complete in a strong locking carrying-case.


  • All Tube design
  • -10dB switchable PAD
  • Sensitivity: 17mV/Pa
  • Noise: typically -120 dB EIN
  • Max SPL: 150dB
  • Actual output impedance 200 ohms
  • Weight: 2.25 Lbs.
  • Outboard Power Supply is factory set for 100V, 120V or 220“240VAC operation for original destination country's mains voltage.
  • Operating Mains Voltage changeable with power transformer re-wiring via switch and fuse value change.
  • Mains Voltage Frequency: 50 œ 60Hz
  • Microphone type: dual large diaphragm capacitor
  • Polar Patterns: continuously variable
  • Diaphragm size: 1"; 1.25" overall
  • Diaphragm thickness: 3 micron; gold sputtered
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz to 30 KHz. Amplifier to 60 KHz
  • Maximum input SPL: 150 dB SPL at capsule
  • Sensitivity: 19mV/Pa
  • Amplifier type: 2 triode gain block lo Z output
  • Active components: 1) 12AXTLPS tube
  • Output type: Transformer with feedback loop
  • Output polarity: Balanced XLR, pin 2 hot, pin 3 low
  • Amplifier distortion: less that .05%
  • Amplifier noise: typically -120cB EIN (tube dependant)
  • Body: 24 karat gold over machined brass
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