Manley Nu Mu studio compressor music gear review

Music Gear Review: Manley Labs Nu Mu Studio Compressor

The Manley Nu Mu uses a variable-mu tube compressor circuit, a solid-state side-chain path and output amplifier. You get Manley’s acclaimed IRON® input transformers and the same ultra-low impedance switched mode power supply as used in the Manley CORE channel strip unit.

Interestingly, an all-new feature called the HIP control allows compression at lower dynamic ranges, while leaving louder dynamics unaffected. Working something like a Wet/Dry control where you can mix the compressed and uncompressed audio signals, it is easy to get just the right amount of compression without squashing the dynamics out of the most exciting moments. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Manley Nu Mu!

The Manley Nu Mu sells for $2,800 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 contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com