Manley Labs Slam! Mastering Tube Stereo Limiter

Manley Labs Slam! Mastering Tube Stereo Limiter

Manley Labs Slam! Mastering Tube Stereo Limiter

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  • 2 x ELOP Limiters
  • 2 x FET Brickwall Limiters
  • Hand-Wound Nickel Transformers
  • Hand-Selected Tubes
  • Auto-Mute Warm-Up Circuit
  • Separate Power Supply
  • Stereo Linking
  • Large VU Meters
  • Multi-Color LED Ladder Peak Meters
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Manley Labs MMSLAM overview

  • 1Description

The Slam! Mastering Tube Stereo Limiter from Manley Labs is a two-channel dynamics processor with each channel featuring one electro-optical (ELOP) and one field-effect transistor (FET) "brickwall" limiters. The unit is constructed with professional-grade components, hand-wound nickel transformers and hand-selected tubes.

The mastering version removes the mic preamps and instrument inputs making way for a paralleled tube section, yielding lower noise and distortion. All conductive plastic pots have been replaced with Greyhill rotary switches with 1% metal-film resistors, which not only provide recallability, but also deliver an improvement in sound quality. The bypass switch offers a ganged left and right control and functions as a true hard-wire bypass. This version also features transformer-less 1/4" inputs, as well as an expanded range for the ELOP and FET limiters.

Each channel of the Slam! has ELOP and FET limiters available simultaneously or separately. Each adds a distinct character to the sound with the ability to dial in the best of both. The ELOP's minimalist design has a fixed ratio, attack and release with only a variable control for threshold. Additionally, it offers a side-chain high-pass filter, with the 200 Hz setting optimized for vocals and a touch of de-essing.

The FET circuit is a fast "brickwall" limiter with variable controls over threshold, attack and release. The circuit is capable of a variety of colors from clean to grungy, all the while maintaining "zero overshoot" limiting. With the clip setting selected, the FET allows for severe distortion by speeding up the timing circuit and allowing the limiter to work on the waveform rather than the envelope. Both the ELOP and the FET limiters have side-chain inserts (send & return) available on the rear of the chassis via Bantam (TT) jacks.

The Slam! offers comprehensive monitoring via the VU and LED ladder peak meters. In addition to the source toggle for gain reduction, input and output, the VU meter has a pad toggle which allows you to scale the signal down -6 dB for loud signals. The multi-color LED peak meter has a source toggle offering gain reduction, peak and reset & mode. The momentary reset & mode switch clears out any peak signals and allows for the calibration of the peak LEDs to match the meters of your A/D converters. Three Slams can be linked together enabling six channels of limiting for 5.1 surround sound. A separate power supply is used to reduce the detrimental effects of heat and electromagnetic fields (EMF) from influencing the signal path. Hand-made in the USA, the unit is housed in a 2U steel chassis with a CNC-machined 1/4" faceplate that is also inlaid with laser-engraved inserts. The Slam! ships with a separate power supply, 16-pin multi-core connection cable, and IEC power cable.

ELOP Limiter
Ratio: 10:1
Fixed attack and release
Continuously variable threshold control
SC HZ: Flat, 100 Hz, and 200 Hz
200 Hz setting optimized for vocals with slight de-essing
FET Limiter
Variable threshold knob for FET Limiter
Attack 3-way toggle: Very fast (VF), fast (F), and medium (M)
Release 11 position dial: 10ms to 2 seconds
Clip: Release setting to create severe distortion
Stereo Link
Stereo Link: Channel 1 controls both Channel 1 and 2
Dual Mono: Independent control of channel 1 and 2
Both & Ext: Stereo link with independent control of channel 1 and 2 and engages rear-panel link for surround control
Limit Button
Channel 1 Limit: Engages the opto-limiter, FET Limiter and output level knob for channel 1
Channel 2 Limit: Engages the opto-limiter, FET Limiter and output level knob for channel 2
LED Meter
GR: Sets LED meter to monitor gain reduction
Peak: Sets LED meter to monitor peak output
Mode & Reset: Momentary switch used to clear peaks from the peak meter and used to set up and calibrate the LED meters section
VU Meter Toggles
VU 3-way toggle: Sets source to GR (gain reduction), O/P (output level), I/P (input level)settings
VU Attenuate: Pads VU meter for loud signals with 0, -3, and -6 dB settings
Additional Features
Auto mute warm-up delay: 30 seconds
Hand-wound Manley iron input transformers
Silent conductive plastic input attenuator
Separate power supply
Smart-grounding
UPC: 890833000267
In the Box
Manley Labs Slam! Mastering Tube Stereo Limiter
  • Power Supply
  • 16-Pin Multi-Core Connection Cable
  • Standard IEC Power Cable
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty, Extends to 5 Years with Registration
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    • 1Description

    Manley Labs MMSLAM specs

    Number of Channels 2
    Input / Output Input
    2 x Balanced transformer coupled XLR/1/4" Combo Neutrik: 2 kΩ
    2 x Unbalanced transformer-less 1/4": 100 kΩ, 10 MΩ
    Output
    2 x Balanced transformer coupled XLR: 200 Ω
    2 x Unbalanced 1/4" TRS
    Side Chain / Link
    2 x Bantam (TT) send: ELOP
    2 x Bantam (TT) return: ELOP
    2 x Bantam (TT) send: FET
    2 x Bantam (TT) return: FET
    2 x Bantam (TT) link: for connecting 3 Slam! compressors for 5.1 operation
    Gain Mic Preamp: 60dB max
    DI: 43dB max
    Limiter: 20dB max
    Limiter ELOP Limiter
    Ratio: 10:1
    Attack time: 10 ms for 6 dB GR
    Release time: 2.5 sec for 6 dB GR
    FET Limiter
    Ratio: 20:1 or better
    Attack time: 100 µs for 6 dB GR
    Release time: 10 ms to 2 sec for 6 dB GR
    Tubes Input
    2 x 12AT7A NOS GE
    Output
    2 x 6414W NOS USA dual triodes
    Dynamic Range (Typical) 115 dB
    Frequency Response (Audio) Preamp: 5 Hz to 60 kHz
    THD & Noise <0.05% @ 1 kHz
    Maximum Output +32 dBm, +30 dBm (into 1 kΩ)
    Metering 2 x Large VU meters
    1 x VU toggle switch: 0, -3, -6 dB
    1 x VU source toggle switch: GR, O/P, and I/P
    2 x Multi-color LED ladder peak meters
    1 x LED source toggle switch: GR, Peak, and Mode & Reset
    Power Power supply: 480 mA @ 120 VAC
    Power consumption: 57.6 W
    Mains voltage frequency: 60 Hz
    Rackmountable 2U
    Dimensions (W x H x D) Slam!: 19.0 x 3.5 x 12.0" / 48.3 x 8.9 x 30.5 cm
    PSU: 7 x 4 x 5" / 18 x 10 x 13 cm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 24.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 16.25 x 16.0"

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