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ManleySLAM! Stereo Limiter (Mastering Version)

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Manley SLAM!

Manley's Mastering edition of their fantastic SLAM! removes the mic preamps and focuses on the limiters with extended functionality as well as easily recallable parameters. Meant for mastering engineers who need an easy way to make smart and fixed decisions, each of the front facing parameters are either three way switches or mechanically detented controls, including input, output, and limiter gain. The mixed nature of tubes and transformers gives off a full-bodied sound with high headroom as found in all Manley devices, thanks to their solid MANLEY POWER powering system. SLAM!'s input gain features an 11-position range of +/-6dB for simple adjustments while the output can push in a unique set of amounts up to +8dB across 12 positions.

Shifting from basic balancing, SLAM! first processes your signal through Manley's famous electro-optical ELOP circuit for a classic smooth and full-body limiting effect, found similarly in the famous LA-2A. However, in the mastering edition, the ELOP limiter features not one, but four other ratio options for getting lighter compression before the FET "brickwall" limiting. The additional AUTO HF ELOP ratio is a unique mode in which the ratio starts as a 1.5:1 at the lower end of the frequency spectrum and gradually increases all the way to 10:1 at the high end. Utilizing the AUTO HF setting with the sidechain circuits filter of 100 or 200 Hz provides a fantastic de-esser for taming syballances as well as smoothing out the high end of any busses or mixes.

Moving on to the FET limiter, this super fast and "slamming" effect offers the same dynamic control over attack and release of the limiter as well as including four new modes for dynamic and timbral differences. In 50% mode, the FET Limiter actually balances equally with the unaffected signal, and because the FET Limiter is analyzing the final signal at the output stage for limiting, it actually doubles down on gain reduction giving a result of clean and full sound. The next two include the LP LIM mode which takes hot signals and only applies a lighter gain reduction on the high frequencies, as well as the CLIP mode that acts as a clipper circuit with a set threshold at +18dBv for fast recovery and some crunch on your sound. The final BOTH FET mode actually applies both LP LIM and CLIP on the signal for a clipped and loud result, great for bringing out the presence as well as adding in some dirt.

The rest of the front panel reads the same as the original SLAM! with LED and VU meters, switches for operating/reading said meters, bypassing the limiters and full unit, and how the unit is controlled. Much like the original, you can have a stereo link with all control coming from the left channel, a full dual mono experience for independent processing of your stereo signal, or link all controls across multiple SLAM!s for wider mixes such as 5.1. On the rear you are presented with the same transformer and transformerless inputs and outputs as well as insert points via Bantam TT jacks for the FET and opto limiters along with an external link section. The Manley SLAM! Mastering version is a simple to use yet powerful stereo dual-limiter that will make any mix or master hit loud and hard.

SLAM! Features

  • Stereo dual limiter for mastering
  • Two channels of dual limiting
  • All controls are precision switches instead of pots for easy recall
  • 11-position input gain of +/-6dB and 12-position output level of 0 to +8dB
  • ELOP electro-optical limiter with gain range of +20dB max
  • ELOP features a wider range of ratios, including 10:1, 5:1, 3:1, 2:1, and an Auto HF (gradually increases ratio over frequency spectrum)
  • FET limiter with gain range of +20dB max
  • FET limiter features its normal mode from original SLAM! as well as four additional modes:
    • 50%: mixes evenly between unaffected and limited signal for a clean and larger amount of gain reduction
    • LP LIM: allows more high frequencies to pass through before limiting
    • CLIP: clipper circuit setup to clip almost anything that passes +18dBv
    • BOTH: combines the LP LIM and CLIP functionality for loud and present masters
  • Three-way unit-control switch for stereo-linking, dual mono, or a Both & Ext option for linking across other SLAM!s
  • Beautifully lit VU meters reading input, output, or gain reduction with extra VU reading padding of -3 or -6dB
  • LED meters can display Peak information or gain reduction with an additional momentary position for resetting the Peak display
  • Bantam "TT" inserts for both channels' ELOP, FET limiter, and External linking
  • Input Tubes: 2 x 12AT7A NOS GE specially selected by Manley Labs for lo-noise and stable bias
  • Output Tubes: 2 x 12BH7 (or 6414W NOS USA) dual triodes
  • FET Limiter: Attack: approx. 100μS
  • Release: 10mS to 2Sec
  • Ratio: better than 20:1
  • ELOP Limiter: Attack: approx. 10mS for 6dB GR
  • Release: 2.5 Sec
  • Ratio: 10:1
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz to 60KHz
  • Maximum Output: +32dBm, +30dBm (into 1KΩ load)
  • THD+N: <.05% @ 1KHz
  • Dynamic Range: 115dB typical
  • Output Impedance: 200Ω
  • Power Consumption Slam! Analog:
    • 0.480 Amps (480 milliamps = 480mA) @ 120V = 57.6 Watts
    • 0.240 Amps (240 milliamps = 240mA) @ 240V = 57.6 Watts
  • Outboard Power Supply: 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~ 60Hz
  • Size: 19" X 12" X 3.5" (occupies 2u)
  • Shipping Weight: 25 lbs.
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