Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone by madehumble
This is my personal review of the Manley Ref C tube microphone. The microphone comes package with a power supply, microphone cable(multi pin for use with microphone), and a aluminum flight case. The microphone itself is well constructed, it comes in a black and metallic red paint coating with Manley engraved on the front and Manley's info printed on the back. It also has a -10db pad switch on it and custom shockmount made onto the microphone. The microphone is very easy to setup. And also easy to position. But the looming question is how does it sound? Well, as you know this is a tube mic, and most people associate a tube mic with being very vintage sounding or warm. Well, this mic is the totally opposite. This mic has a very modern sound, it has a very well defined midrange, nice bottom end, which round may be a better term for it. It also can be very bright, but use with the right preamp such as a Neve 1073, the brightness is tamed and this mic becomes truly magic on vocals. It also has a nice hi-end lift, which gives the mic a nice in your face sound, without being harsh or sibilant. It's primary use is on vocals and that's what I use it for paired with a 1073 preamp. But beware, this mic has the hottest output of any mic I have ever used, and this is not a joke!!!!! The only con, I can find with this mic is that it is not a multi pattern mic, it is a cardioid only microphone and for 2700.00 this may be a problem for some. But if you looking for a microphone that will deliver that modern, clear, radio friendly, pop type of sound, this microphone will do it. Another plus is it doesn't need that much eq in a mix. So in summary, this mic has a great sound, is well constructed, with the only con being features for the price of admission. But if you can get pass that and are looking for a mic that has that big radio sound or want to add a modern sounding mic to your collection. This is the mic that should find it's way to your microphone cabinet.