Manley® Massive Passive EQ

Manley® Massive Passive EQ


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Ultra high-end tube EQ for mixing and mastering.

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

Dial in punch, air, sizzle, and clarity without adding harshness

Select between standard and mastering version with stepped bandwidth controls

Harness complex band interaction and tube amp distortion for organic, musical textures

UAD Demo Video
UAD Demo Video

UAD Demo Video

Featuring the Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in

Massive Reputation

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, allowing for the Massive Passive’s natural and organic sound.

The Only Authentic Massive Passive Emulation

The Only Authentic Massive Passive Emulation

Painstakingly modeled by Universal Audio and rigorously scrutinized by Manley Labs for authenticity, the Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in captures the hardware’s unique filter curves and musical distortion.

Mix or Master

Mix or Master

The Manley Massive Passive EQ plug-in offers a Standard version that offers 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.

Key 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

Customer Reviews

Manley® Massive Passive EQ

Overall Rating

H. Zimmerman

July 5, 2020

Must have

Hands down my best master bus eq now. The Manley plugins are among my most favorite UAD machines.

G. Rios

July 2, 2020

good eq like original's

Good A+++

C. Gabbianelli

July 1, 2020

Corrupts Delay Compensation in PT

Consistently corrupts the delay compensation in my PT sessions . Pretty disappointed in UAD's lack of resolution to this problem after all of the money I've invested into using their hardware and software.

C. Haeki

June 29, 2020


The Sound is really really Amazing

J. Graca

June 28, 2020

Manley Magic

This little box in your screen is big round magic in your speakers. It just pulls the sound in a magnificent way!

b. village

June 28, 2020


It doesn’t seem to matter if I’m adding character or room to a mix this one does it and it does it great. The preset list on it is invaluable.

A. Johnson

June 25, 2020

4-8k is magical

4-8k is magical, don’t know oif any other eq that I can boost in that range without harshness . Love it !!!


June 22, 2020

The most amazing EQ

I was from wonder to wonder.
I always use it for the most important tracks.

P. Choudhury

June 19, 2020

Yes, you can not go wrong with It

As stated in the video, its actually true. YOU CANNOT GO WRONG with Massive passive even in extreme setting. I always use this in mastering and the end result is just WOW!!

A. Pervaiz

June 17, 2020

Fantastic EQ

It works gorgeously on Vocals and Mastering.
Love it

A. Pervaiz

June 17, 2020

Fantastic EQ

It works gorgeously on Vocals and Mastering.
Love it

J. Daniel M C

June 17, 2020

One of the best EQ Emulations!

I can never forget the first impression this EQ gave me! Thank you, UA for this! I almost use this in every master!

Y. Chen

June 15, 2020

Still getting used to this

Not particularly used to this layout but I can hear the difference once I put this on the track, will be using it more once I get the real hang of it.

E. Alacayir

June 14, 2020

İts near by Hardware

İ tried toncompare it with Hardware, its truly near by hardware❤️ Great work UA

N. Bryce

June 13, 2020

Lots of air on vocals love it!

Big change to my vocals after purchasing this! This is my number one EQ for sure! Gives my vocals that air for a smooth sound thanks UA!

J. Christensen

June 12, 2020

Adds sparkle

Super plugin. Adds sparkle and clarity up top. My overall mix went from sounding dull to pro in a jiffy. Much excite.

C. Gould

June 12, 2020

Manley Massive Passive EQ

Awsum EQ. Very discreet and gentle. It's transparent but warm character make it ideal in either a mastering or corrective situation. Big time dsp usage but thats the trade off. Highly recommend this to be an item in anyones arsenal of cool EQ's. Their's nothing out there quite like it.

J. Harraman

June 12, 2020

Finish Strong

The master version it my go to EQ for that final touch on all my tracks.

a. moreno

June 11, 2020


I love it! its the best of the Best!

R. Silich

June 9, 2020

Great mastering EQ for adding subtle colors

Adds so much character to the sound, love to use this eq on master channel before Ampex ATR-102