This video is a documentary made by Alain Le Kim from Soundstrips. It is a complete journey in the Manley factory, explaining what the equipment is made of and how those pieces of gear are built.
EveAnna Manley runs Manley Laboratories with an incredible amount of energy. The factory, located in Chino, California, 30 miles East of Los Angeles, is bustling with activity and employs about fifty people. On the T-shirts that she herself designs for the company, EveAnna has written : Built in Chino, not China. In these times where it has become the norm to delocate manufacturing in China, Manley is indeed an exception. Everything is done in-house, including the transformers used in the circuits. The products coming out of Chino are « built like tanks » as many people like to say. It would be more appropriate to say built like Aston Martins, since these are not only well built but refined pieces of equipment. With her energy, disponibility and generosity, it is not surprising that EveAnna’s friends are great people. We drove three hours to go visit artist Jim Messina. The reason ? fetch a collection of old vinyls that he offered her ! Jim opened his private studio to us and offered us an incredible lesson in the art of producing and recording music. He an EveAnna went through all the Manley gear he uses, and they discussed the best way to take advantage of their vast possibilities. Jim’s studio is a dream place, with rows of gears on his line of racks. Vox Box, Elop, Massive-Passive, Slam, everything was discussed to length, before we had to drive back to Chino.
With EveAnna, we live on a rock n’roll pace ! After hearing how Craig « Hutch » Hutchison, Manley’s chief designer, works in his windowless laboratory, we met quite a few other fascinating people, like Mitch Margolis, the Guru of tube amplifier, who told us the concept behind such products as the Steelhead hifi preamplifier. Meeting with all these people and spending time in the factory floor, made us understand why Manley has become such a legend in the audio industry. Most of the recording studios in the world have at least one piece of Manley gear. EveAnna has worked hard to impose the rule of tubes to the satisfaction of audio professionals as well as audiophiles and she has been successful.
The film mention part 1 and was wondering where I could find part 2 ?
davidskick •Wednesday, December 4, 2019
outstanding!!! super enjoyed it! well made and put together as a documentary. Gotta LOVE Dave Hill.. Cheers to him!
RUBBER MAN •Monday, February 5, 2018
David is so unique. Love my 151 #103 Rich and beautiful sounding. Did a few memorable recordings with one. Some of my best work that really propelled the artist's career.
I would do a 251 at some point. I would. I would.
ROSS HOGARTH 'nuff said. Love him, love him, love him. He is toooooo good. Great interview. These guys- we have to learn what we can, as much as we can as fast as we can from them.
Saul Santilli •Sunday, January 14, 2018
What legend. Great watch.
live-demo.nl •Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Amusing to see so many people with great ears working in acoustically sub-par spaces in complete disarray. It makes the point of the video a bit weak.
SimL •Friday, July 14, 2017
At 1:06:46 - 1:10:12
I don't understand his statement about the Gibbs effect, or what digital does to the square wave... I experimented using a square wave generator in my oscilloscope, and I don't ever see pre-ringing. I did a D/A-A/D loop, even there, no pre-ringing.
When was this interview? Is he talking about old converters? Is this a problem resolved since a couple of years already? If not, what is he talking about? I don't see the Gibbs effect in my studio. Any insight about this anyone?
Well that's the only thing about this video that made me cringe. Other that that, nice documentary
composermikeglaser •Tuesday, June 13, 2017
This is a great video to break up the normal mixing content. Understanding how microphones are made can change your perspective recording live instruments. Cool addition PM.
StudioSaturn •Saturday, June 10, 2017
I'm not saying that I can't learn from people but I know how to cook. When I say I know how to cook, I mean really I know my way around. So, as an advice, next time you hold the nife to chop, hold it side way and lean the life to your hand. It will help you avoid cutting yourself and you can also chop anything faster without losing size difference or quality. I know it will take time to grasp it but once you are experienced you will cut the time you spend in the kitchen on a half. Cheers!
bataleo •Friday, June 9, 2017
Phatlobe •Tuesday, October 25, 2016
I gave this video four stars because it frustrated me. The video was beautify done, very sensitive and thoughtful with great insight into the man behind this unique company. Now back to the frustration part. The doc made me WANT ALL THE CRANE SONG PRODUCTS!!!! Other than that, this is one of the best docs about a plugin maker I've seen. What the heck. I feel it's worth SIX STARS! Thank you for this incredible documentary.
firstname.lastname@example.org •Wednesday, January 20, 2016
It is all about human been, yes; it is an equipment but designed by a man.
It is a great, delicate, sensitive way of presenting things, I really appreciate it.
Comacho •Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Nice behind the scenes look... I really enjoy these MORE MORE MORE!!!!
roald •Sunday, February 8, 2015
Out of all videos and reviews I've ever seen about pro gear, this one takes the Oscar. Simply beautifully made.
William Forrest •Friday, December 12, 2014
Magnifique, extraordinaire, j'en ai les larmes aux yeux….merci, mille fois merci.