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Mic preamp match for Manley Reference Gold Condenser Microphones
Old 23rd August 2007
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Mic preamp match for Manley Reference Gold

What is the perfect mic preamp for the manley refernce gold. I heard that Mutt Lang uses a Manley reference gold to record Shania Twain. and Max Martin uses one to record Britney etc. What mic preamp are they using or what is the best match
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Old 23rd August 2007
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Old 23rd August 2007
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looks like he uses a Neve 1073. Anyone else have good mic pres for the mic
Old 4th December 2008
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looks like he uses a Neve 1073. Anyone else have good mic pres for the mic
Actually, up until about 2003 the manley mic (at cheiron/maratone) usually went through a calrec pre. then they changed to using neve's...but also stopped using the manley at the same time

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Old 4th December 2008
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didn't that big mic and mic pre shoot out a few years back choose the manley gold coupled with the buzz 2.2 pre? And if I remember rightly it was for a female vocalist too

narco
Old 4th December 2008
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looks like he uses a Neve 1073. Anyone else have good mic pres for the mic
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Old 4th December 2008
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Gold's

I have owned a pair of Manley Golds for a few years. They work well with most quality preamps. My Personal Favorite for Vocals is a John Hardy M1.
Old 4th December 2008
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What is the perfect mic preamp for the manley refernce gold. I heard that Mutt Lang uses a Manley reference gold to record Shania Twain. and Max Martin uses one to record Britney etc.
Really, I didn't know that. I sold my Manley a long time ago but I was using Neve or Avalon with it. Great vocal mic.
Old 5th December 2008
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didn't that big mic and mic pre shoot out a few years back choose the manley gold coupled with the buzz 2.2 pre? And if I remember rightly it was for a female vocalist too

narco
Yip, here's the text from that...

MA-2.2 Preamp Shootout
Old 5th December 2008
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Depends on the singer!!!!!!!!!

There is no single combo that sounds good on everyone. Besides vintage 87-1073-1176-la2a.



Seriously. That mic can be murder with an untrained singer. The darkness of a vintage pre or even a 1272 clone might take the edge off some voices... compression will help too.

The Manley is one of those pieces that will really show you the weakness of a poor singer. Certainly not my personal go-to- mic for every voice, regardless of pre pairing. With an excellent singer, it will shine with almost any pre. Even an Avalon.heh
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