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Manley Voxbox vs Pedulum Quartet
Old 18th July 2005
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Manley Voxbox vs Pedulum Quartet

Hey all gearslutz!!! It's been awhile. Now, I know how annoyed some people get with questions like this but here goes anyway.

I need two (2) channels of goodies to track my midi rig through. Currently I'm going direct through 2 Avalon U5 DI's. No complaints because it does it's job well but I still don't have anything to process patches with, outside the box. Eq, compression, ect. Now, the mic pre is not super important for this task. Vocals I can tackle abit later with possibly, different unit(s).

These two units mentioned seem to have all the features that I want to get my slutty hands on without filling up an entire rack (and putting myself in bankruptcy) in the process.

My main focus is on Hip-Hop. However, I do alot of direct bass and acoustic gtr on these tracks, if that makes a difference in the decision. I use some samples but mostly created patches and tons of layered sampled drums, throught the MPC4000.

Does anyone have some experience with these units on Hip-hop that you would like to share? Do you think 2 of either is a wise choice for this style of music or are there "better" tested units, in the same price range, that I should be looking at?

Clean I can get through the Avalon's. I'd like the flexiblity to go from one extreme to the other at any given moment.

Thanks for any help!
Old 18th July 2005
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I've got a VoxBox. The EQ is limited but very cool. It's a low boost, a Mid dip, and a high boost, with switchable frequencies. I believe the Pendulum might be more flexible. The compressor on the VB is slow , but sometimes very nice. I really like the limiter that is attached to the de-esser. That means it set on a de-ess frequency or the limiter, but not both. I really like the mic pre, its thick and full. Hip-Hop vocals sound great through it. The DI sounds great for bass. Anytime I play bass on a project while I'm engineering (not that often...I'm a percussionist) I plug right into the VB, use a little of the opto-compressor (maybe the EQ) and off I go.
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We've had just about one of everything here at some point. The Q2 is the best thing I have ever used in my life. It is a God. I wish everyone could have one. I would definitely sell blood for it.... I think I am pretty clear on where I stand!
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I had a Voxbox for a few years and just sold it, I don't regret it. The eq was good, comp was ok for light compression while tracking (3-6 db not more) was always fighting with the pre to get the sound I heard in my head. There's a mid (700hz to 1,5khz) quality thing in it that used to drive crazy on my voice. I recently got a Sca N72 and like it a lot more. I'm closer to what I wanna hear. Next step is a 1073!
Old 19th July 2005 | Show parent
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Thanks for the input thus far. I saw a thread on this exact topic when searching but none was relevant to Hip-Hop & R&B. I also probably should have been a little more specific. I was talking about the Pendulum Quartet I not the mercenary edition.

Keep the thoughts going. For what it's worth, I'm heavily leaning toward the Pendulum line as other feedback from others I deal with locally seems to suggest that the Voxbox is more of a "Rock" tool. Anybody ever heard the Voxbox hit with this label?
Old 19th July 2005 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Stoneface
other feedback from others I deal with locally seems to suggest that the Voxbox is more of a "Rock" tool.

I would say more of a jazz tool circa 1961

(so in other words if you aren't doing mid 20th century jazz, you can't use it)...

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