Manley® Complete Bundle
Manley Complete Bundle
Hi Uad Team,Big Thank You for such a great emulations.
Sounds Like it Looks "Flat"
The front of this plugin looks great:)
Unfortunately you can't see the sides, the top or the back
of the unit.... and that's exactly how it sounds:
It seems like they wanted to make sure this one was out in
time for the holidays..
Maybe they'll be an update after they make enough money?
great, like the hardware
I've used the hardware version on many projects.... the two heaviest engineers I know in Nashville have it on their mix buss all the time. The UAD version made me smile as I watched that needle do about 2-4 dB of compression and add the same kind of magic glue. One of my friends who has a real one in town has issues with one side not being as hot as the other..... which you can make work.... but with the software version of course you have flawlessness and the cream of the crop, and other options, like the sidechain and the m/s feature. It's just great.... if you want a buss compressor that isn't neutral but isn't overly dark or overly warm either, this is for you......
VIBE, VIBE, VIBE
This thing as so much vibe and character that it will become the goto compressor for you tracking in through Apollo or adding flavor to your mixes! I Do say get it as soon as possible! It''s Killer.
Manley Massive Passive EQ Plug-in
We compared the amazing and fascinating ... Hardware, and we also ... a bit DSP as the enemy, but it can not be perfect ... thanks UAD
The sound from this compressor is just stunning. I cannot speak for the replication against the hardware, but it will always be a vital part of my mastering chain.
There are some bits of equipment that are not just useful, not just essential, but magical... An original C12, a Telefunken V72, an 1176 and a Vari-Mu fit into this category for me.
I'm delighted that UAD have made this plugin, I bought it as soon as I heard it. From a compression point of view it does exactly what the hardware version does, but without the magic.
I was fascinated to see whether UAD would be able to faithfully represent the warmth and depth of the original - the fact that it makes your vocals sit a foot in front of the speakers rather than just in between them. In my opinion they haven't achieved this, but those clever chaps at Universal Audio can't do it, I guess it's impossible.
But it's 1/10 the cost of the original!
I own the Hardware and I was afraid, that the plugg couldn´t hold up to the Manley. I made so many test, switchin between Hardware and UAD, back and forth. There is a difference: the Hardware is a bit more 3d and a bit more pleasant through the whole spectrum. But anyhow the difference is not worth more than 3grand. Many thanx for your great work UAD: this plugin is a nobrainer. Stunning!
UAD2 Manley Variable MU Compressor
This is the best compressor I have ever used, and is not heavy on Resource consumption. Great for tracking and Mastering. Well worth the money....
You'll use this every day
There are very few tools you can invest in that will immediately allow your spare bedroom studio to produce music that sounds like it came out of a pro facility. This is one of them. If you just bought an Apollo Twin and you're trying to decide which compressor to buy. This is the one (followed very closely by the 1176 collection - with the both of them, all of your bases are covered). On your individual tracks, it's all velvety smoothness. On a mix buss, it has the unique ability to make every bad mix decision you make seem interesting or boundary pushing - and always better sounding coming out than it was going in.
Here's the difference maker!
I have been mixing for 20 years this year and very rarely have I run across something that I can't live without. This is one of those pieces. I have to mix fast a lot of the time so I love when I find gear that glues a mix together super quick and yet doesn't sound like I spent 20 minutes on it. That's what Vari Mu does. I literally slapped this on a rough mix I had going and it immediately sounded like I had been dialing in the mix in for an hour. Love that! You will too. It adds a little top end and clarity to the mix too!
Not for everything...
...but when it fits - it fits.
Never been in the position to use a real one, but I am totally happy with this one.
This is the nicest compressor plug-in I have ever used. Crisp and clean with all the tube character and warmth. I can't speak about the comparison to the hardware but I can say it just sounds right how I want it to.
Magnificent emulation of the hardware!
I absolutely love this on the mix bus! Best sounding emulation of the real thing to date!!
Will you stop releasing such ridiculously good plugins please? Everytime I think I have everything I could possibly need you release something else that blows me away. This thing stinks on the 2-bus. Amazing.
I just got this after having the demo a while and I feel like I have no idea what it's doing. I'm so used to seeing the eq, cranking the q and gain and searching out bad frequencies, the cutting them out (how I was taught to eq). This is totally different, I'm just messing around with it and getting great results! I'm definitely not a pro engineer but with Universal Audio stuff, I'm learning so much! Love how I'm getting to know my way around all this amazing analog gear from the true to life plugins!
The real Analog sound in your computer !!
Manley Variable Mu Limiter.....WOW!!!!!!!
Ok....so I tested this plugin and I was speechless. I wish UAD had made this to go through the unison on the apollo. These days I do not buy new plugins if I have one that can do what a new on the market plugin does. but this is now on my must have list. This plugin does the mid-side compression sooo good that phasing is minimal, it doesn't hurt my ears when I drastically widen a track. This plugin is a bad ass.
vs the Hardware = 10/10
Having owned the hardware Manley Vari-Mu for many years, this plug is one of the most faithful recreations yet.
If you have not tried a Vari-Mu across your mix buss just for adding flavor and mojo, you are missing out.
Well Done, Guys!
Does the job, sounds amazing, especially on stereo-bus. Kudos, you're best.