Manley Stereo Variable MU Limiter Compressor MSLC

Real standard in Mastering
  • Compression limiting
  • Ranges from light leveling to heavy limiting
  • Dual mono or Stereo compressing
RRP: $7,699.00
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The Manley Variable MU Limiter Compressor has been our best selling product for many years. It is one of the very few compressors that has become a real standard in Mastering studios and contributed to most hit records over the last decade and probably the next. "Mu" is tube-speak for gain, and Variable Mu® is our registered trademark for this limiter compressor. It works by using the "remote cut-off" or re-biasing of a vacuum tube to achieve compression.

The precious vintage Fairchild 670 also uses this technique and is one of few all-tube compressor to do so, that we know of. Even the side-chain has glowing rectifier bottles. How’s it work? The unique 5670 dual triode is at the center of the peak-reducing and compression action constantly being re-biased by the vacuum tube rectified side-chain control voltages which cause this tube to smoothly change its gain. Just like that.

The COMPRESS mode is soft-knee 1.5 to 1 ratio while the sharper knee LIMIT mode starts at 4 to 1 and moves to a more dramatic ratio of 20 to 1 when limiting over 12dB. Interestingly, the knee actually softens as more limiting is used. Distortion can be creatively used by turning up the Input and turning down the Output while using very little or no compression. See the gain reduction curves here!


Dynamic Processor Type Variable-MU
Number Of Channels 2
Rack Spaces 1RU
Stereo Link Yes
Sidechain No
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR