Manley MicMaid 4x4 Matrix
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Manley MicMaid 4x4 Matrix Switch

Product Description

Any microphone, any mic-pre, any time. Simply connect your four favorite mics and micpreamps into the MicMAID and pick the best combination for every session. With its convenient level-matching capabilities and user-programmable routing schemes, this is the ultimate tool for auditioning and comparing your favourite equipment. Quickly find the sound you've been looking for. The MicMAID was designed to fill a particular niche in the business that has never been properly addressed: auditioning and selecting microphones and microphone preamplifiers.

Proper pairing of mics and preamps is a vital step in the tracking process, but there has never been a simple or accurate way of doing this which didn't involve the hassle of actually plugging and unplugging all the component parts. Since Manley is in the business of providing tools for professional sound engineers, they  saw this as an opportunity to flex their design muscles and create a unique tool to address this problem!

Four way Matrix Mic A/B/C/D to Four external Mic-Preamps 1/2/3/4
LOCK each selection combination for comparison
Front-panel 1/4" Direct Input with Variable Phase circuit and Ground Lift switch
THRU: mirrored output of the Direct Input
Low/High range select for Variable Phase all-pass filter
Remote Fader jack for manual gain riding
Polarity Switch flips phase 180degrees for selected Matrix path
MONITOR SECTION has ±19.5 dB gain trim for each signal path
STORE and RECALL settings for gain, mic & preamp combinations
Phantom Power selection for each microphone A/B/C/D
DIRECT OUTPUT provided for each micpreamp return
Pickle Remote steps use through each mic and each pre for "sweet spot" selection
Variable illumination brightness user-selectable in three levels
High-quality, gold-contact sealed relays used throughout
Neutrik gold-contact XLR conections 


Technical Specifications

  • Input Impedance: ≈ 120K Ohms
  • Gain Ratio: 12:1 Step down.
  • Voltage Gain: -22 dB (Signal Source: Sine 1 kHz, +4dBu, 6K8 Ohm Source Impedance, 1K Ohm secondary load impedance)
  • Matrix Crosstalk:
  • Leakage from adjacent microphone inputs: ≥ 117 dB (1 kHz sine)
  • Leakage from adjacent Preamp sends: ≥ 107 dB (1 kHz Sine)
  • Microphone Inputs terminated with source Z=150 Ohm, Preamps sends terminated with 2K7 Ohm load


  • Gain: ±19.5 dB (.5 db steps)
  • Frequency response: ±.5 db 10 Hz- 100 kHz
  • Outputs: XLR Electronically Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 66 Ohms
  • Max Output Level:+28dbu into 100K load @ .025% THD+ NOISE
  • Distortion: 0.003% THD+NOISE
  • Bandwidth: 22 Hz - 22 kHz, Unity gain, into 100K Ohm load
  • Noise Floor: -90dbu A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range: 118 db
  • CMMR: ≥ 86 dB (1 kHz sine, 50mV input)
  • Note: Mon/Rec active stage ALWAYS "looks" at selected PREAMP as its signal source.


  • Mains Fuse: 500mA @ 100~120VAC; 250mA @ 220 ~ 240VAC
  • Mains Fuse type: 5mm x 20mm SLO-BLO GDC glass fuse, 250V AC rating
  • NOTE: Units are purpose built for original destination country's mains voltage (in this case 220-240VAC) as indicated by the serial number. Power transformer in this unit must be rewired in order to change mains voltage.
  • Unit Size: 19" x 10" x 3.5" (2U)
  • Unit Weight: xx lbs. TBC
  • Shipping Weight: 19 dim. (international); 17lbs/7.75kgs
  • Shipping Box Dimensions: 23" x 15" x 9"

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