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Customer Reviews 210 Reviews

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by C. Hoyer (7/10/2014):

What can I say? This the EQ I use on all my most important tracks in every project I ever do. A ... Read more

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Overview

Manley® Massive Passive EQ Plug-In

Stereo 4-Band Passive Tube EQ, Modeled After Highly Coveted Manley Labs Hardware


Universal Audio’s UAD Powered Plug-In versions of the Manley Massive Passive EQs represent UA’s most ambitious and detailed EQ model to date. The two-channel, four-band Manley Massive Passive tube EQ utilizes design strengths from choice console, parametric, graphic, and Pultec EQs — delivering a fundamentally different sounding EQ that is beyond compare. The incredibly natural, organic results of the Manley design method — evidenced on albums such as Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Amon Tobin’s Foley Room and Tori Amos’ A Piano: The Collection — demonstrate how the Massive Passive’s natural treatment of a signal lends itself to both radical tonal shaping as well as delicate vocal shading or subtle mastering enhancement.

  • Highly coveted stereo 4-band passive tube EQ plug-in, both standard and mastering versions
  • Painstakingly modeled over a six month period and rigorously scrutinized by Manley Labs for authenticity
  • Filter curves, band interdependencies, distortion and hysteretic behavior all represented in UA’s most ambitious EQ model to date
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
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Painstakingly modeled over a six-month period, and rigorously scrutinized for authenticity by Manley’s engineering team, Universal Audio’s standard and mastering versions of the Massive Passive EQ plug-in are included. Both capture the behavior of the original hardware; from the unusual filter curves, to the multiple band interdependencies, right down to the tube amplifier distortion, and all-important transformer/inductor hysteresis.

“Passive” refers specifically to the tone shaping elements of the equalizer, which use only resistors, inductors, and capacitors to create all frequency changes. The Massive Passive utilizes older parallel concepts rather than non-interactive series designs as defined by George Massenburg’s original parametric EQ. The Frequency controls intentionally interact with one another, as do the Gain and Bandwidth controls. While this may result in the appearance of some unorthodox knob positions, it is specifically these band interdependencies between all bell, shelf and cut filters that allow for the Massive Passive’s natural and organic sound.

Each of the four Massive Passive EQ bands is switchable from shelf to bell, and is switchable from boost to cut. The specially tuned fixed frequencies overlap and interleave between all adjoining EQ bands. The standard version offers +/- 20 dB of continuous Gain boost/cut, while the mastering version offers a gentler 11 dB of Gain range, with 16 discrete Gain steps. The standard version offers continuous Bandwidth adjustment, while the mastering version includes 16 steps of easily recallable Bandwidth selections. Stepped High and Low Pass filters are included on both the standard and mastering versions of the Massive Passive plug-ins, each with its own specialized frequencies and filter slopes. Output Gain is also available of both versions: 10 dB of continuous Gain on the standard version, 5dB of stepped gain on the mastering version. Both versions include individual Left/Right enable/disable. True to the hardware, disabled channels still retain low-level system filtering and coloration. Lastly, global bypass is available via the Power switch (disabling the entire circuit), plus the “digital only” Link switch, which conveniently gangs the left and right channel controls for easy stereo use.

$299.00

Reviews

Reviews

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  • JR Hutson

    (Jill Scott)

    "[The UAD Manley Massive Passive] brings to life my keys, strings & vocal blends. And the presets again are killer. I love it!"

    Gene Grimaldi

    (Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige)

    "The UAD Massive Passive EQ has all the musical qualities of the hardware unit."

    Michael Brauer

    (Rolling Stones, Coldplay)

    "I can't hear any difference between my Manley Massive Passive and the UAD plug-in on any instrument I A/B'd"

    Garrett Haines

    (Tape Op Magazine)

    "Seriously, is it [Manley Massive Passive plug-in] that good? YES. After doing the A/B comparisons, I was sweating bullets trying to tell the two apart."

    Rich Tozzoli

    (Pro Audio Review)

    "I was almost embarrassed that I thought the tracks were fine before using the [UAD Manley] Massive Passive on them."

  • Rich Tozzoli

    (Pro Audio Review)

    "With a pricetag of $299 the Universal Audio Manley Massive Passive is as no-brainer as it gets for a plug-in purchase."

    Garrett "Jacknife" Lee

    (R.E.M., The Cars)

    "The [UAD] Manley Massive Passive EQ is the mother lode! It's all over it [new mix for The Cars]."

    Jono Buchanan

    Future Music (UK)

    "To put it bluntly, if you don't love it [UAD Manley Massive Passive EQ], you need your ears tested."

    Gene Grimaldi

    (Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige)

    "[I choose] the MMP for its musicality and it offers a wide range of frequencies with a great filter section."

    Frederick Norén

    Sound On Sound

    "The Massive Passive [hardware] adds a certain 'warmth' which is, in my opinion, equally audible in the [UAD-2] plug-in."

  • Jono Buchanan

    Future Music (UK)

    "[The UAD MMP] is a sumptuous EQ ... its clarity and air on vocal parts and the warmth ... particularly noteworthy."

    Jono Buchanan

    Future Music (UK)

    "[The MMP plug-in's strength is] evidenced not only by the exceptional sonics ... but by Manley's own endorsment of it."

    Frederick Norén

    Sound On Sound

    "Bass frequencies produced [by the UAD Manley MP] were impressively firm & thick in a way few plugs are able to manage."

    Frederick Norén

    Sound On Sound

    "UA has really nailed it with their Manley MP plug-in, which raises the bar of what can be done with digital processing."

    Review

    (EQ Magazine)

    "Boosting the [UAD Manley MP] around 500Hz and 1kHz added 'meat' in the midrange that both fattened and added more definition."

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    (EQ Magazine)

    "Although I tend to favor cutting with EQ, boosting with the [UAD Manley Massive Passive] is very effective too."

    Review

    (EQ Magazine)

    "Thumbs up to Manley for an inspiring piece of gear, and to UA for getting it [the plug-in] right."

    Alan Meyerson

    (Gladiator)

    "[The UAD Massive Passive] has the cleanliness of the hardware ... it really did capture the warmth, & that high-end sparkle."

    JR Hutson

    (Jill Scott)

    "UA's done it again. [The Massive Passive] plug-in totally saves me time and instantly gets the sounds where I need them to be!"

    Michael Brauer

    (Rolling Stones, Coldplay)

    "Is it live or is it UAD? I can't hear any difference. It's a bit scary how good this plug-in is."

  • Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    "The top is really open. It's really nice. It [UAD Massive Passive] reminds me alot of the hardware."

    Jason Schweitzer

    (Busta Rhymes, Ciara)

    "It's amazing how UA got the subtle nuances of the EQ sweeps of the Massive Passive so accurate in the plug-in."

    Alan Meyerson

    (Gladiator, Shrek 2)

    "I know it's crazy, but I use up to eight Massives when I mix ... I'll be using this UAD plug-in constantly"

    Gene Grimaldi

    (Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige)

    "Anyone that has the [Massive Passive EQ] hardware unit will want the plug in for those in-the-box sessions."

    Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    "The bottom-line to me is, it [UAD Massive Passive] sounds @#$%ing great! This is my new buss EQ here."

  • Jason Schweitzer

    (Busta Rhymes, Ciara)

    "Very cool reproduction of the original hardware ... the Manley vibe of the UAD Massive Passive is so accurate."

    Alan Meyerson

    (Gladiator, Shrek 2)

    "I never thought anyone would be able to capture the [Massive Passive] sound in a plug-in. I was wrong."

    Garrett Haines

    (Tape Op Magazine)

    "Should mix engineers buy this [Manley Massive Passive] plug-in? YES. If they don’t have a UAD-2, should they buy one just for this plug-in? YES. You’re also going to want a license for the FATSO and Cooper Time Cube as well."

    Rich Tozzoli

    (Pro Audio Review)

    "[The Manley Massive Passive plug-in] shines in getting depth out of the midrange of a mix/instrument.

    Alan Meyerson

    (Gladiator, Shrek 2)

    "I used ten [Massive Passive plugs] on the mix, & they sounded amazing ... on vocals, on drum tracks, & keyboards."

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    by C. Hoyer (Thursday 10 July, 2014)

    What can I say? This the EQ I use on all my most important tracks in every project I ever do. And often an instance on the master as well. This is perfect for the shaping and kneading to get a sound to have the right shape, right character. Very transparent. Love the parallel setup. Give it a bit of … Read More

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    massive passive - sounds great!
    by G. Rezendes (Monday 14 October, 2013)

    Just started to use it on mastering tracks. Love it. It's subtle and easy to use. Thanks for the great gear! … Read More

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    Manley EQ
    by C. Sammarco (Sunday 12 May, 2013)

    This a super sweet eq. Very suttle, but perfect for mastering. The top end adds sizzle without being harsh. Highly recommended! … Read More

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    Too good
    by J. Daly (Thursday 14 March, 2013)

    This plugin is going to make me buy 2 octos and a 2nd apollo quad so I can use one on every track. … Read More

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    Blow me away!!!
    by A. Booty (Wednesday 19 December, 2012)

    Sound like the the real hardware. I can confirm that! … Read More

$299.00

Artists
  • The Black Keys

    The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney detail their recording process and how UAD Powered Plug-Ins are essential to their careful balance of raunch and refinement. Read More

    Tom Salta

    Renowned video game composer Tom Salta details how he uses UAD plug-ins to craft award-winning scores. Read More

    Joe Zook Mixes OneRepublic and Serena Ryder

    WIth multiple platinum-selling records under his belt, Zook is one of the industry's most sought-after mix engineers. Read More

  • Mick Guzauski On Mixing Daft Punk

    The Grammy-winner is one of the most skilled and accomplished mixing engineers the industry has ever seen. Read More

    Damian Taylor Brings "The Weirdness"

    The Grammy-nominated producer explains how he got Battle Born, The Killers' latest album, battle-ready with Universal Audio. Read More

    Top Engineers Top "Desert Island" Plug-Ins

    If you were stuck on a desert island with your recording studio, what UAD plug-ins could you not live without?… Read More

  • Rik Simpson

    Simpson has worked on three of Coldplay's albums, including Mylo Xyloto, which he co-produced, engineered, and helped mix. Read More

    Thievery Corporation's Chris “Stone” Garrett on UA

    Chris Garrett mixes and engineers Thievery Corporation's spacious organic elements and electronic grooves. Read More

    Jacknife Lee

    An Irish musician, remixer, producer, and engineer, Jacknife Lee has worked with legendary rock bands... Read More

  • Michael Brauer

    Michael Brauer has enjoyed an illustrious 30-year music career, mixing chart-topping albums by artists including Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones. Read More

    UA NAMM 2011 Artists

    A short collection of interviews with various platinum-selling producers and engineers at UA's NAMM 2011 booth… Read More

    Ryan Hewitt

    Few people are lucky enough to grow up in the music business. Ryan Hewitt had the fortune of being raised in and around recording studios. Read More

$299.00

Features & Specs

Manley® Massive Passive EQ Plug-In

Features:

  • Highly coveted stereo 4-band passive tube EQ plug-in, both standard and mastering versions
  • Painstakingly modeled over a six month period and rigorously scrutinized by Manley Labs for authenticity
  • Filter curves, band interdependencies, distortion and hysteretic behavior all represented in UA’s most ambitious EQ model to date
  • Every band switchable to shelf or bell, each band can be bypassed or set to boost or cut
  • Specially tuned, overlapping and interleaved Frequency choices
  • Disabling channel EQ via ‘In’ (bypass) retains desirable system filtering and coloration
  • Convenient “digital only” Link feature allows for continuously matched L/R settings
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Parameters:

Common to Standard and Mastering Versions:
  • Fixed Low Frequencies (Bell/Shelf): 22, 33, 47, 68, 100, 150, 220, 330, 470, 680, 1K
  • Fixed Low Mid Frequencies (Bell/Shelf): 82, 120, 180, 270, 390, 560, 820, 1K2, 1K8, 2K7, 3K9
  • Fixed High Mid Frequencies (Bell/Shelf): 220, 330, 470, 680, 1K, 1K5, 2K2, 3K3, 4K7, 6K8, 10K
  • Fixed High Frequencies (Bell/Shelf): 560, 820, 1K2, 1K8, 2K7, 3K9, 5K6, 8K2, 12K, 16K, 27K
  • Boost/Cut/Out enable/disable selection for each EQ band
  • Shelf/Bell selection for each EQ band
  • Link “gangs” all Left/Right controls under stereo operation
  • “In” enables/disables individual Left/Right channels-retains low level system filtering and distortion when disabled
  • Power bypasses entire Massive Passive circuit
Standard Version Only:
  • High Pass Filters: 18 dB/Oct = 22, 39, 68, 120, 220, OFF
  • Low Pass Filters: 6K, 7K5, 9K (18 dB/Oct), 12K, (30 dB/Oct), 18K (modified elliptical), OFF
  • Continuous Output Gains: -6 to +4 dB
  • Continuous EQ band Gains (LF, LMF, HMF, HF): 20 dB boost or cut
  • Continuous Bandwidth (LF, LMF, HMF, HF): -1.0 to -3.0 Q for bell filters, modifies overshoot/undershoot for shelf filters
Mastering Version Only:
  • High Pass Filters, 18 dB/Oct = 12, 16, 23, 30, 39Hz, OFF
  • Low Pass Filters, 15K, 20K, 27K, 40K, (18 dB/Oct) 52KHz (30 dB/Oct), OFF
  • Stepped Output Gains: -2.5 to +2.5 dB range, 0.5 dB steps
  • Stepped EQ band Gains (LF, LMF, HMF, HF): 11 dB of boost or cut, 16 discrete steps
  • Stepped Bandwidth (LF, LMF, HMF, HF): 1.0 to 3.0 Q for bell filters, modifies overshoot/undershoot for shelf filters, 16 discrete steps
$299.00

Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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