Limited edition of the iconic sound-shaping unit with a history dating back to 1998. This 25th-anniversary special edition features a striking deep cobalt blue faceplate and custom laser-engraved artwork produced in a run of only 100 units worldwide. This two-channel, four-band equaliser and high-pass and low-pass filters stand out for its "Passive" design philosophy, eschewing active circuitry in favour of natural, passive components to craft an organic, acoustic tone. It offers unprecedented versatility, allowing extreme and subtle EQ adjustments, all while retaining the essence of artistry over scientific precision. This unique unit offers twice the EQ control with minimal colouration, promising creativity-stirring quirks and idiosyncrasies, making it a standout choice for audio enthusiasts.
The Manley Massive Passive XXV Anniversary Edition is a limited edition of the legendary EQ. It has been shaping sound organically globally since its initial release in 1998.
This Manley Massive Passive XXV Anniversary Edition boasts a captivating deep cobalt blue faceplate with custom laser-engraved artwork. It's a truly unique offering, limited to a production run of merely 100 units, with 50 available in the USA and the other 50 for international customers.
At its core, the Manley MASSIVE PASSIVE is a two-channel, four-band equaliser enhanced by additional high-pass and low-pass filters. The term "Passive" in its name signifies its EQ design philosophy, which eschews active circuitry. Instead, it uses metal film resistors, film capacitors, and hand-wound inductors to sculpt the sound. The result is a robust, high-headroom, all-tube make-up gain amplification system that elevates your music into new realms. Achieving a natural, organic, acoustic tone is only possible with an equaliser that employs these natural methods.
The Massive Passive stands apart by employing simple passive components that harness their innate characteristics rather than imposing a complex circuit to meet clinical or scientific objectives. Manley recognises that recording and mastering equalisers serve artistic purposes, and this design prioritises artistry over scientific precision.
This equaliser is versatile, catering to the most extreme EQ adjustments required during tracking and the most delicate tonal nuances needed for vocals and mastering. It represents a departure from traditional EQs, yet it combines the best qualities of Pultecs, select console EQs, parametrics, and graphics. Its ability to deliver twice the EQ control with only half the colouration sets it apart. It can achieve substantial high-frequency boosts without introducing sibilance issues and provide exceptional richness without muddiness.
In its uniqueness, the Massive Passive also possesses some distinctive quirks and idiosyncrasies that will ignite your creative spark.