Manley Massive Passive Mastering

Mastering Version of the Classic Massive Passive EQ

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Stereo Tube EQ, Mastering Version. Perhaps the ultimate studio EQ for mastering and delivering powerful tonal control with character., Mastering Edition of the Massive Passive with maximum cut or boost of 11dB per band, carefully chosen LP and HP filters frequencies with fixed 18dB/oct slope and Gain and Bandwidth detented controls.

"“The Massive Passive is pretty much always in my mastering chain. The make-up amplifier, with its multi valves, gives things real warmth and depth. The mid-range is so clean, and perfect for vocals and snare. A great bit of kit, brilliant for cutting purposes too. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves that analog sound.”"

Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Mastering

At a glance

  • All-Passive tone sculpting circuitry
  • Unique Shelf curves use the "bandwidth" control
  • Overlapping and Interleaved Frequency choices
  • Every band switchable to shelf or bell
  • Vacuum tube make-up gain and line drivers
  • Parallel symmetrical topology
  • Premium components throughout
  • Passive HP and LP Filters plus gain trims

The Manley Massive Passive is a four-band, dual-channel, valve passive EQ designed to provide an organic and extremely musical sound even with high settings. It also features stepped gain controls.

The Manley Massive Passive uses passive components for its equalisation and exploits their natural qualities avoiding the distortion inherent to active circuitry. As a result, the Massive Passive can provide twice the amount of EQ with half the colouration of most designs for a truly natural tone.  Incorporating the strengths of Pultec designs, as well as some choice console EQs parametric and graphics, the Massive Passive is nonetheless a truly different EQ. From subtle enhancements to radical sound-shaping this audio equalizer does it all. For example heavy HF boosts will add a lot of presence to vocals without adding sibilance, and LF will add heft without mud.

Unlike most EQ designs, All four bands of the Massive Passive are not built-in series but in parallel. This means that overlapping frequencies do not suffer from the cumulative effect of tweaking each band. As each band works from the exact same source, the result is much more transparent.  Each band can be set to bypass, boost or cut as well as a bell or shelf.  Each band is capable of 20dB of boost or cut with impressive headroom. Five extremely steep high-pass and low pass filters are also added to remove unwanted frequencies such as low-end rumble. Both HPF and LPF interact with the main parametric EQ section.

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