Manley Core Reference Tube Channel Strip


Building upon its 25-year legacy producing revered recording studio equipment

Manley Labs has distilled its core technologies from this lineage. 2014 delivered the Manley CORE, an innovative channel strip that combines Manley’s Greatest Hits with fresh technology. The remarkably intuitive front panel combines musical and forgiving circuitry that allows the musician to concentrate on his performance instead of being lost in a sea of knobs. Ease of use and intelligently chosen operating points make it virtually impossible to cut a bad sounding track!







Front Panel Controls + Direct Input


48V Phantom power switch

120Hz High Pass Filter switch

Phase Invert switch

Input Attenuator (Variable Pad)

Mic Pre Selectable Gain 40dB or 60dB

Line Amp Selectable Gain 20dB or 40dB


DIRECT IN: Similar to the DI in the Manley SLAM!, this all-discrete solid-state circuit with 10 Meg Ohm input impedance is perfect for guitars, bass, keyboards, etc.






Featuring our successful ELOP® technology also found in our famous Manley VOXBOX®

Compressor is uniquely before the Mic Preamp making it virtually impossible to clip

Ratio 3:1

Continuously variable Attack, Release, and Threshold controls

Silent Bypass switch






Lowand High Baxandall Shelves (80Hz and 12kHz) with ±12dB range

Sweepable Midrange Bell EQ (100Hz – 1kHz) or (1kHz – 10kHz) with ±10dB range






Fast attack FET “brickwall” limiter

Continuously Variable Threshold and Release controls

Peak Limit LED indicator

10dB range output gain control






Large illuminated analog display

3-way meter-select switch shows Compressor Gain Reduction, Micpre Output Level, and Main Output audio levels.






Balanced XLR Mic Input

Balanced XLR Line Input

Front Panel Direct Instrument 1/4″ Input

Insert point between Mic Preamp and EQ/Limiter via ¼” TRS jack

Balanced XLR Direct Output (after Preamp/Compressor section)

Balanced XLR Main Output

Deluxe CNC-machined 1/4″ thick faceplate with inlaid laser-engraved inserts adorn the rigid 2U steel chassis – all locally sourced in Southern California.



Tech Specs

  • Preamp Type:Tube
  • Number of Channels:1
  • Phantom Power:Yes
  • EQ:Yes
  • Compressor:Yes
  • Analog Inputs:1 x 1/4", 2 x XLR
  • Analog Outputs:2 x XLR
  • Frequency Response:20Hz to 20KHz
  • Rack Spaces:2U
  • Height:3.5"
  • Depth:7"
  • Width:19"
  • Weight:8 lbs.
  • Manufacturer Part Number:Core