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Question about my Manley Dual Mono Block
Old 4th September 2003
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Question about my Manley Dual Mono Block

I have a Dual mono that is about 3 years old. I use it mostly for
printing synths and samplers through. And I must say, it is

Everything sounds so warm and "round" in a good way.

I did have an experience recently which kind of concerns me...

I recorded some vocals through it, using the following chain:

SM58 -> Manley Dual Mono -> Apogee Rosetta.

The problem was, I could never get enough gain out of the Manley
to raise more than 1/4 way up the Rosetta's meters.

There were some times when there was some distortion in the signal as well. I had to go to another pre, (everything else the same, and it worked well)

My question is, since the Manley works fine in Direct mode
(I just tracked using it on ALL instruments yesterday, and it was
fine), could it be a problem with the mic inputs of the unit, or
is it the combination of SM58 and Manley that doesn't agree.


Old 5th September 2003
EveAnna Manley's Avatar

Hard to tell exactly what was going on without knowing everything involved. If you suspect that something is wrong with your unit, as in it used to work fine but now it doesn't, please get involved with Paul in my tech support department.

Manley Tech Support

Otherwise, maybe that day with that mic with that vocalist you needed more than 60dB of gain?
Old 8th September 2003
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madrigal's Avatar

Have you tried a different mic with the Manley? The sm58 doesn't have a very hot signal, so if the vocals you're recording are pretty quiet, you may not be getting enough level.

However, even if the input level isn't all that hot, you can still switch the apogee to run at -10 instead of +4 (there's a switch on the back, as far as I remember) and then just retrim the meters to more accurately reflect the input levels.

Also, are you definitely running the mic through the XLRs at the back of the Manley and not through the 1/4" input at the front?. Apologies if this seems like a stupid suggestion, but I've seen it happen before!!
Old 11th September 2003
Here for the gear

Unfortunately, I had no other mic available to me.

Thanks for the tip on the -10/+4 issue, it very well may be that
it needed to be switched for this mic. I am going to have to
experiment before troubling Manley. I really do think the world
of their stuff, and think that this is operator error!

I was running them through the XLRs. No apologies needed, I have done stuff like that in the past!

Thanks again.

Old 7th January 2006
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No4PCs's Avatar
My birthday

Hi EveAnna, my birthday is near, hehe . heh
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