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Set it and forget it! – a limiter that makes your job easy.
Set it and forget it! The Manley Optical ELOP Limiter makes your job easy. The principle of operation is based around using a rectified sample of the audio to shine an LED (Light Emitting Diode) onto an LDR (Light Dependent Resistor). The photo-resistor in combination with a fixed resistor simply act as a changing voltage divider to attenuate the signal—like a smart volume control. A similar principle was found in the older Teletronix & Urei LA-2A, LA-3, and LA-4 units, which used a slower electro-luminescent panel-light on a conventional LDR encased in a light-tight enclosure. The Manley ELOP Limiter uses modern VACTROL technology (but with a trick!) for exact sample-to-sample tracking and no high frequency loss while digging deep into limiting—problems commonly associated with older LA-series limiters and other opto-based units.
The audio signal passes only through Manley's super-clean single-ended vacuum tube line amplifier. Due to its inherently quick attack, this Electro-Optical Limiter is a skilled soldier for tracking vocals or individual instruments, although now with the addition of a very useful sidechain high-pass filter that can switch between 100Hz or 200Hz (or OUT) to allow the limiter to ignore heavy bass lines, the Manley ELOP limiter is proving more useful for modern urban music where you don't want the limiter only responding to the loudest "thing" i.e., the BIG bass. If you want the bass line to leave the rest of the mix alone, then this switch is for you!
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Comments about Manley ELOP Limiter:
I have used this in a number of high-end studios. It is the sweetest sounding, cleanest, most noise free compressor I've heard. I like it because it is easy to use; requires very little tweaking. That's helpful for deadlines, budgets and for those of us who despise endless hours of tedious effort for miniscule results.If you have the ducats for this bit-o-kit, then your time is too valuable to look for anything better. I've done thousands of sessions on almost every major label with every compressor you can think of. This is my favorite.