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Music Gear Review: Manley Labs ELOP+

Manley Labs ELOP optical stereo limiter has been a mainstay tool in both recording and mastering studios everywhere; the sound of this all-tube dynamic processor has been heard on numerous popular recordings for over 25 years.

The improved ELOP+ now has an integrated stereo compressor with a 3:1 compression ratio but otherwise maintains the same controls and functionality as the original ELOP Limiter. Manley Labs dramatically improved the ELOP+ look with a new solid metal chassis and faceplate design. The unit uses an all-tube signal path using 5751 and 6922 dual triodes and both the input and output stages feature the Manley's IRON® transformers.

Other features are: switchable stereo linking, side-chain high pass filter, giant well-lit VU meters, bypass switching and the Automute circuitry allows time for tube warm up before passing audio.

With a worldwide, 90 to 250-volt auto-sensing power supply, the new ELOP+ sells for $2,500 MSRP.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contribut- ing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com