Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone

Manley Reference Cardioid

What I liked

  • Revealing and capture the essence of your voice
  • Very open
  • High end response
  • Can be a good match with darker mic pre
  • TUBE

What I did not like

  • Very open
  • Bit noisy
  • Price $2,700 for Cardioid only


If you are looking for a bright, open, and tube microphone, this is a great one to get under $3,000. If you are recording 24-bit and 192k rate, this is a great one to capture the detail. Yes it is bright and matching it with dark souring mic pre like NEVE will get you a great pair.

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Radial PreMax & PreComp

Radial WorkHorse

I had a pleasure testing out Radial Engineering’s PreMax and PreComp. I could not believe the price of the unit and the quality you get.


PreMax is a budget 500 series low-noise, clean sounding pre with traditional 3-band EQ for tone shaping. What I loved about this awesome unit is how clean and tasty the EQ is. It does not alter the sound much yet add taste to the your voice.


PreComp is a budget 500 series low-noise, clean sounding pre with smooth compressor to control your dynamics. From the low ratio to the high ratio, compression is smooth and does not squash to sound distorted.


At priced at $299 for PreMax and $349 for PreComp, these two units are amazing performer and a great way to get into 500 series. I am still fascinated by how clean and transparent they are for the money you pay. Yes, it is not as great performer as 512c but you can easily have two PreMax or PreComp for the price of one 512c. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to start their 500 series collection or to add an empty spot with a budget that can deliver you a great result.

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A Free Plugin from SoundToys


SoundToys has released another free plugin called the little PrimalTap which is based on the
classic Lexicon PrimeTime Delay, which is AWESOME.

“The little PrimalTap captures the highly distinctive sonic imprint of this quirky, and well-loved (by those in the know) vintage digital delay. Don’t be fooled by it’s simple interface, Little PrimalTap lets you unleash your creative urges to echo, loop, warp, distort, mangle, or create cacophonous cascades of otherworldly sounds.”

The plugin supports Mac/Win and runs in 32 or 64bit as AAX/RTAS/AU/VST.

If you are interested click the link below. All you need is their account and iLok is not required.