The UAD Manley Variable Mu will be your mix buss’ best friend.
…next to giving your mix buss it a really good and balanced mix, that is. You can use the UAD version of the Variable Mu on any channel you want, but it really does stand out on the mix buss. It tempers down the low end, can give you a transparent compression, and the plugin has a wet/dry mix control. Also, the compression is not “curved”, it gently reduces the signal in a linear fashion. Compare that to other MUs like the Waves Abbey Road RS124 or the UAD Fairchild 670 and see (and hear).
Also check out IK Multimedia’s version, the TR5 Dyna-Mu. They are really quite different.
- Experiment with the headroom (HR) control. UAD really has something special with this.
- 5 o’clock on the attack is more or less 30ms. If an attack time of 30ms means something to you, now you know how to set it.
- No matter what you do, the Manley Variable Mu won’t compress more than 10-12db. Set the headroom full clockwise, the threshold at min, and turn on the limit. You will pin the needles. Now set the wet/dry mix at 2 or 3 o’clock. You will have full coloration and a yet a gentle compression. (Put the mix back to wet and crush everything!)
- The compress setting is a 1.5:1 ratio. It’s going to be smooth even when you push it. This is the beauty of the Variable Mu.