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MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:01:21 pm »

I am pleased to now have a MP in the rack, awesome equipment and I have not thought of any other kit purchases other than this for quite some time. I am completely stoked by it. Will be getting to grips with it soon, band interaction is very interesting. Pass through is sublime.
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 06:27:38 pm »

after five years, I still discover new sounds. great box, when used subtle. don't forget to trying bypass the transformers by hooking it up unbalanced. more clear sky to be seen!
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 07:23:24 pm »

I'm in the camp that loves this EQ. Mine gets used quite a bit here.

I'd suggest hooking it up to something to see the EQ curves as you adjust them. You'd be pretty surprised what those low and high shelves do at different frequency choices. Especially the differences between 22 and 33Hz, and 12k, 16k, and 27kHz. Bizarre!

I find myself using the 12k shelf a lot. And it's the best EQ I have for doing very gentle pushes over a large area of frequencies. I'm not sure what the actual Q is at low amounts of boost, but it feels huge.

Not a great EQ for surgery, but one of my favorite big paint brushes.
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012, 08:17:20 am »

When I first picked one up it frustrated me when I knew what I wanted to dial in and the MP had other ideas. Now I love the curves and beyond.
Enjoy it
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012, 09:20:17 am »

Another Happy user here..
and as others have stated, I also had to take my time to get to know how to make the best out of it.

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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2012, 10:24:42 am »

Cool, I agree with all the above (with my current limited experiences with it a few ... "what is going on in the mids, when I am boosting air ???" moments) The manual elucidates to a degree but it cannot replace the actual use of the machine and I think it will take some time but time I will enjoy greatly. Till then gentle wide tweaks will be the order of the day, I am pretty at home with it when it's smaller tweaks. A few oddities to get ones head around but my word it is a slayer.

The pass through so far is gorgeous, classy.

Hats off to all the people involved with making this equalizer.
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2012, 01:35:23 pm »

miss mine from time to time

really liked the non "mastering" version better in actual use
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2012, 05:14:06 pm »

standard version with mastering filters would be best
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2012, 06:24:02 am »

I have been filtering digitally till now, I have been advised to check the filters out by others too. And also investigate the Baxandall shelves. It's deep, you really feel like you got your moneys worth with this device. Glad I held out on the saving and did not blow it on other gear just to satisfy gearlust.
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2012, 11:55:27 pm »

I have a non-mastering version of the Massivo and don't find the HPF's useful for much. YMMV.

So far, the Bax has the best and most useable analog HPF I've heard. But I do really like the 18K LPF on the Massivo. It's got a nice little bump to it.
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2012, 12:43:00 pm »

Pleased for you Barry, sounds like you'll have fun with this one for a while yet.

The MP is one of the few parallel analogue EQs, isn't it? - also the Gyratec XIV. Must take a while to get one's head around things like bands not adding the way we expect.

Agree with Twerk re. Bax HPF.
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2012, 04:18:21 pm »

Thanks Nigel, like almost all kit it takes time to comprehend and get into. The parallel nature and interaction makes it quite unique, just doing a few tweaks with it currently, till I get time to delve deeper. Have to go easy with it at first cause it sounds so sweet.This is defo gonna be great at cutting harshness in a natural way.

You know I was seriously thinking G14 for a while, I am sure it's great eq. But the way the stars aligned meant the Massive Passive was for me. The built quality is absolutely second to none you can see MANLEY take deep pride in making this kit, it's like something from an aircraft flight deck, sure, reassuring and produces results.

Yeah, I tried the 22Hz filters but found a kick in a house track lost too much subs for this clients taste (so did not use it knowing they like their beefy bottom, who don't ?), it was surprisingly extreme for being 22Hz. Could work for some severe problem solving but not for dance music methinks.

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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2012, 05:13:19 pm »

So far, the Bax has the best and most useable analog HPF I've heard. But I do really like the 18K LPF on the Massivo. It's got a nice little bump to it.
Just doubling down on that.   8)
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2012, 08:02:30 am »

Of note the 22Hz HPF is in place on a track I am working on now, spot on for it, horses for courses as they say and also the 18kHz LPF too. Already getting a hell of a lot of use, hardly been switched off in working hours so far.
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Re: MANLEY Massive Passive in the house...
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2012, 04:31:12 pm »

Those filters are handy when you really need them, but mostly they are idle on my MP.  The variable Q on the shelves is genius.
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