The first thing most people notice about Manley Labs pro audio gear is its cool vintage look. And it's not just the visuals that are old fashioned Manley hardware is stuffed with new old stock tubes and built in the traditional way (by hand) in Chino, California. They're determined to live up to the mantra "tubes rule," and to deliver gear that satisfies the high standards musicians and producers have for domestic built boutique equipment. You can see the results in everything that rolls out of their factory, including the lineup of Manley Labs combo units found right here in this section.
One of the most famous combo units you'll see here is the Manley SLAM!, which stands for "Stereo Limiter and Micpre." Abbreviated or not, that's pretty accurate: a stereo limiter and microphone preamp is what it is, and "slam" is exactly what it does to most VU meters. It also comes in a Mastering Version which skips the mic preamps and instrument inputs in exchange for paralleled tube sections with ultra low noise and distortion. And those aren't the only combos with limiters to choose from here there's also the Manley ELOP Limiter and the Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter Compressor, so it's easy to find the perfect one to fit your system's specific needs.
Are you looking for an even better rounded piece of hardware to anchor your home or professional studio? If so, one of Manley's channel strips might be for you. Check out the Manley CORE Channel Strip for starters: it contains a preamplifier, compressor, equalizer and limiter but you wouldn't know it from the outside, with the intuitive and easy to use control layout. Or, if you want to take everything that's great about the CORE and dial it up a notch, maybe the Manley VOXBOX Combo will be the way to go. It ups the ante a little further with advanced features such as variable feedback.
Naturally, you're the only one who can decide which Manley Labs combo units are the best choices for your setup. Don't be intimidated, though: these are all fantastic pieces of equipment, so they're all worthy additions to any studio. Finding your personal top pick is as easy as figuring out which one delivers exactly the capabilities you need, which just means doing a little reading so why not get started right now?