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A stereo recording mic with an all tube design and natural acoustic smoothness.
The Manley Gold Reference Multi-Pattern Microphone gives you truly accurate musical recordings. The Gold Reference Studio Mics employ Manley's own design of large capsules (1.25 inch overall, 1 inch diaphragm diameter), which are executed to precise tolerances made possible by modern micro-milling machinery available today. The capsule rings and back-plates are milled from solid brass. The gold diaphragm film comes from Germany and is tensioned using proprietary techniques by David Josephson ensuring capsule-to-capsule constancy, combined with the speed, "air", and superb ultra-high frequency response you have only dreamt about.
The stereo version of the Manley Gold Reference microphone is identical in every respect to the Mono Gold Reference but with two complete and carefully matched systems installed in one case with the upper capsule being fixed and the lower capsule being continuously rotatable through 90° for M-S and X-Y Blumlein-Style coincident pair recording technique. Each capsule has its own continuously variable pattern control and individual -10dB PAD switch.
The all-tube electronics in the Manley Reference Stereo Microphone is built around two triodes in cascade forming an entire gain-block. Manley has recently switched to a dual-triode 12AX7WA, easily obtainable and replaceable, mounted in a ceramic socket. The output is coupled through a Manley output transformer of unparalleled quality and substantial physical size employing nickel laminations with "hum bucking" bi-filar windings, encased in mu-metal. The polar pattern control is continuously variable between the OMNI, CARDIOID, and FIGURE 8 positions vastly increasing this mic's versatility. The Gold studio mics make it possible to exactly tailor the proximity effect to achieve the desired character. Manley has chosen a very open weave stainless-steel grille for the capsule window which allows all the highs to reach the capsule unimpaired letting the engineer choose if, when, and how much pop screen is appropriate. As a result, the Reference Gold studio mic reaches to the furthest extremes of highs and lows with gorgeous natural acoustic smoothness. Some engineers say it sometimes "hears" more than they do!
The base of the recording microphone holds a locking 5 pin gold XLR connector for the audio signal out enabling usage of your own preference of audio cable — as exotic as you wish. A low capacitance 5-pin XLR-F to two 3-Pin XLR-M "Y" cable is included for your convenience. A detachable threaded 4-pin connector for the 30 foot power supply cable carries the stringently filtered B+ and regulated heater voltages from the separate dedicated power supply. The microphone body is machined from brass providing excellent shielding properties, polished to a high lustre, then plated with 24 karat gold for an impressive finish, inspiring confidence in artists and producers.
Manley's precision suspension system is provided with each Reference Microphone (the capsule itself is mounted onto a neoprene-rubber shock-mount.) Because the entire working "guts" of the microphone may be removed for service in one piece from the housing, it is envisioned that the microphone need not be removed from the suspension. Manley also provides a very useful swivel of their own design with every Reference Microphone; its T-bar handle and locking clutch action require no tools to adjust. And no MANLEY microphone would be complete without a genuine leather capsule protector with soft velour lining which slips (and ties) onto the end of the microphone to protect the capsule when not in use.
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Comments about Manley Gold Reference Stereo Microphone:
If I had a million dollars for everytime I was asked how I got my vocal recordings to sound so incredible I would have 6 million dollars! This mic litteraly references the gold like at least twice. I listened to myself over and over and just couldn't stop due to how stupendous I soudned. My girlfriend started getting all uber jealous of my Gold Reference Stereo Mic because of all the hot chicks that were flocking to me becuase of how unimagineably rich and smoky my voice sounded(much like that of John Mayer). If you want an oustanding mic for only a couple of grand this is totally the right choice! I'm suprised i could even leave the studio to write this review. BUY! BUY! BUY!