Manley Massive Passive Mastering Version: Precision in Tone Sculpting
Manley Labs introduces the Massive Passive Mastering Version, a meticulously crafted equalizer designed for mastering engineers seeking unparalleled precision in tone sculpting. This version retains the sonic excellence of the Massive Passive while incorporating features tailored specifically for mastering purposes.
Mechanically Detented Knobs:
The GAIN and BANDWIDTH controls feature Manley Labs' clever two-part metal design using a ball and spring detent system. This design ensures repeatability and a positive feel, enhancing user experience without the cost and space challenges associated with other switch designs.
The Massive Passive is a "parallel design," meaning the bands interact with each other. While this may affect the predictability of step sizes, it contributes to a better-sounding EQ with more natural results.
Interaction of Bands:
Due to its parallel design, the bands interact with each other, providing a more organic and less processed sound. The Massive Passive allows for more EQ without sounding artificial, offering engineers greater flexibility in tonal adjustments.
Filter Customization for Mastering:
The Mastering Version features custom-tailored FILTERS designed specifically for mastering purposes. The filters have been adjusted to lower and higher frequencies than the normal version, with mastering engineers in mind. The slopes are 18dB per octave for the mastering filters, except for the highest 52kHz Low Pass filter, which has a 30 dB/octave slope.
Special Master Gain Trim Controls:
The Master Gain Trim controls in the Mastering Version are true 11-position 1/2 dB stepped Grayhill switches, offering a range between -2.5 to +2.5 dB of master gain trim. This provides confidence in left/right matching and calibration.
Frequency Select Options:
The frequency select options for each band are overlapping and interleaved, offering a broad range of choices for precise adjustments.
All-Passive Tone Sculpting:
The Massive Passive Mastering Version employs all-passive tone sculpting circuitry, enhancing the clarity and transparency of the EQ.
Shelf and Bell Modes:
Every band is switchable to shelf or bell mode, providing versatility in shaping the tonal characteristics of the audio.
Vacuum Tube Make-Up Gain:
The Massive Passive incorporates vacuum tube make-up gain and line drivers, contributing to its classic tube sound and adding warmth to the signal.
The Mastering Version is built with premium components throughout, ensuring the highest quality in signal processing.
Stepped Gain Trims:
The Mastering Version includes stepped GAIN trims ranging from -2.5 to +2.5dB in 11 steps of 1/2dB each, allowing for precise adjustments.
High Pass and Low Pass Filters:
The Mastering Version includes high pass and low pass filters with selectable frequencies, providing additional control over the signal.
The Manley Massive Passive Mastering Version stands as a testament to Manley Labs' commitment to delivering top-tier audio processing tools. It offers mastering engineers a powerful and versatile equalizer with the precision needed for demanding mastering applications.