8 – Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor

There aren’t many compressors that can be compared to Fairchild’s legendary 670 without a certain amount of hyperbole and wishful thinking. But Manley Labs’ Vari-MU can. And as a result it’s found inside mastering houses and high-end studios the world over.

The solidly built Vari-MU (which features three valves and two transformers per channel) can be employed for tracking purposes but it’s in mastering that its skills truly shine, where it can bring a remarkably transparent sheen and silk of the very highest quality to a mix – even when pushed hard. Think A-class polish. Think the finest gloss.

Its relatively slow attack speed means that punchy it is not, but for material that needs glue, transparent definition, substance and an open richness, the Manley Labs Vari-MU can do something pretty special. And for around the £3k mark you would hope so too!

A true modern classic.

Author David Felton
13th November, 2012

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