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Customer Reviews 352 Reviews

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by B. Ward (8/16/2016):

This was recommended by a friend and I liked it right away when I demoed the Manley… Read more

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Overview
Manley® Massive Passive EQ Plug-In.
Ultra high-end tube EQ for mixing and mastering.

The Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a thorough emulation of Manley’s flagship boutique tube EQ. Renowned for its natural sounding, organic curves the Massive Passive EQ excels at radical tonal shaping as well as delicate vocal shading or subtle mastering enhancement.

Officially licensed and endorsed by Manley Labs, the Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in expertly captures 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.

Now You Can:
  • Expertly shape tracks and masters with Manley’s ultra-boutique tube EQ
  • Harness complex band interaction and tube amp distortion for organic, musical textures
  • Add weight and punch to individual tracks and buses
  • Dial-in air, sizzle, and clarity without adding harshness
Massive Reputation
The two-channel, four-band Manley Massive Passive tube EQ utilizes design strengths from choice console, parametric, graphic, and Pultec EQs — delivering sweet, musical curves with unparalleled clarity and headroom. The “Passive” in the Manley Massive Passive refers specifically to the tone shaping elements of the equalizer, which use only resistors, inductors, and capacitors to create all frequency changes. Its 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.
The Only Authentic Massive Passive Emulation
EveAnna Manley is renowned for her tireless attention to audio detail, and specifically the rich, musical tube qualities that her namesake gear imparts. Painstakingly modeled by Universal Audio over a six month period, and rigorously scrutinized by Manley Labs for authenticity, the Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in amazingly captures the hardware’s unique filter curves and musical distortion. And this plug-in is exclusive to the UAD and Apollo platforms.
Mix or Master
The Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in offers a Standard version that features continuous Bandwidth adjustment, and a Mastering version that includes 16 steps of easily recallable Bandwidth selections. Perfect for subtle or broad strokes to individual instruments or whole mixes, you can add presence and sizzle without harshness to drums and vocals, or add weight and heft to an entire mix without muddying the bottom end.
$299.00

Features

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

Reviews

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  • Paul Vnuk Jr.

    Recording Magazine

    "The great surprise was that while the hardware simply soared on the guitars alone, when we did A/B comparisons in the mix we were hardpressed to tell the difference."

    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 hardware Manley Massive Passive and the UAD plug-in on any instrument I A/B'd. It's that good."

    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)

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

    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."

    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)

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

    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."

  • Jono Buchanan

    Future Music (UK)

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

    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."

    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."

    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."

    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."

  • Review

    (EQ Magazine)

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

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    (EQ Magazine)

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

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    (EQ Magazine)

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

    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!"

  • 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."

    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."

    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."

    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"

    Jason Schweitzer

    (Busta Rhymes, Ciara)

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

  • 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."

    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."

    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."

    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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    Very smooth EQ
    by B. Ward(Tuesday 16 August, 2016)

    This was recommended by a friend and I liked it right away when I demoed the Manley Massive Passive EQ. I had a live recording mastering project that needed a lot of help and this did the job. I ran two instances in series to get enough bands to zoom in on all the frequencies that required… Read More

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    Must Have
    by v. cañas couturier (Friday 12 August, 2016)

    The only "-" of the plugin is to not have a button to make it real & racked lol. Smooth, effective, amazing low end. Read More

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    Nice One...
    by V. Koenig(Friday 5 August, 2016)

    A very nice Mastering Eq. I use the Hardware on my Mastering sessions years ago, and i find that the Hardware has more Mojo, but i must say, this plug in is good enough to find the Way into my Mastering Channel....btw a good place for this plug in. My wish for all UAD plug ins in the… Read More

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    Great Sheen For Mastering
    by J. Whitesides(Wednesday 3 August, 2016)

    Used this EQ on several new singles in the Mastering chain. Great plugin for adding some cool heft and sheen to finished mixes! Easy to use and awesome sound = great combination in an EQ. Read More

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    Works wonder on my Master Bus
    by T. Ruiz(Saturday 23 July, 2016)

    This is what I always searched for and haven't found anywhere else, this amazing plug gives that extra tone and air on the Master Bus... loved it! Read More

$299.00

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