Manley Force 4-Channel Tube Preamp  From Manley

Four Channels of world-class Manley Tube Preamps at an incredible price!

Manley Laboratories Inc


Retail:  $2,500.00

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Manley has really outdone themselves with the overall price-to-value ratio with the Force. Providing 4-channels of world-class tube preamps based off of the successful Core Channel Strip, the Force is a powerhouse of an expansion pre for thunderous drum tracking or live band recordings. The Force's musical and detailed tone is the result of hand-wound Manley iron input transformers and meticulously selected 12AX7 vacuum tubes - it's a perfect fit when warming up some detailed pencil mics on acoustic guitar or when you're after a touch more warmth from a clean solid-state mic when tracking vocals. High pass filters on every channel and a plethora of headroom solidify the Force as an excellent addition to any studio, be it your first high-quality standalone preamp or as a world-class tube expansion pre - you'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal for preamps of this quality!

Manley FORCE Four Channel Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier

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Manufacturer's Description from Manley

From America’s premier high-end studio gear manufacturer, the Manley FORCE bursts into 2015 with four channels of vacuum tube microphone preamplifiers extracted from the hugely popular and award winning Manley CORE®, housed in an exquisitely gorgeous chassis, meticulously hand-crafted, purposefully and efficiently California built for $2500 MSRP. That’s right. FOUR channels of real High Voltage vacuum tube mic preamps for $2500!
Your relationship with the FORCE begins with the ergonomic facia through its thoughtfully organized controls, silky and bulletproof rotary potentiometers, positive latching feature switches, and convenient Direct Input 1⁄4” jacks. Seven-way LED metering for each channel provides instant visible feedback for audio levels which are enhanced with a double-inlay CNC-milled accent. A feast for the eyes, yeah, we know. This is investment-grade audio equipment that you will be as proud to showcase in your studio as we are to handcraft it here in Southern California.

A Sonic Tour de FORCE

Your microphone signals enter through gold-plated XLR connectors straight into our MANLEY IRON® mic input transformers. Your line level sources or instrument level guitars and keyboards come in via the front panel 1⁄4” Hi-Z 10 megOhm jacks before hitting the input level control which also acts as a Variable Input Pad. Phase Reverse and a 120Hz High Pass filter can be invoked here in the circuit and then we’re into the 12AX7 dual triode amplifying stage operating in pure Class A, of course. The amount of GAIN for each channel can be selected as 40dB to 60dB via the front panel switches. The output stage “can drive a truck” as we like to brag delivering up to +35dBu. That’s INSANE!

High Voltage = High Headroom = High fidelity

You will not get near this sonic performance with any 500-series design, trust us. This is FULL FORCE audio excellence from Manley Labs, proudly built by our American workforce. A Compelling FORCE for you. This is our Driving FORCE. Let us share it with you.
Manley Laboratories Inc

About Manufacturer

The MANLEY brand has been around since the late 1980's. Manley's first commercially available products were upper echelon high-fidelity vacuum tube amplifiers and preamplifiers constructed at the old Vacuum Tube Logic of America factory.

In this history lesson, we'd like to direct special focus on our people at Manley Labs. The people whose years of dedication, service, and expertise bring you people, our customers, these products. It's all about the people...

On January 30, 1989, a 20 year old EveAnna on sabbatical from her studies at Columbia University met the crew and was hired on to the production team. Baltazar Hernandez, already with two years experience, taught her how to solder in those first few days. It was in 1989 that the first Manley professional products were developed, starting with the original 1u Reference 60dB Microphone Preamplifier and soon followed by our Manley Enhanced Pultec and Mid Frequency Equalizers. Baltazar and EveAnna, busy building gear, were soon joined by Saulo and Ramiro. Just next door, Elias was employed by a printed circuit board maker later brought into the Manley Labs fold when in 1993, Manley Laboratories, Inc. became a separate entity apart from VTL. The new Manley Labs factory at 13880 Magnolia Ave. in beautiful and bovine Chino, California was outfitted to house the Manley HiFi and Pro Studio manufacturing as well as the Langevin production lines, our newly acquired machine shop, and printed circuit board facilities.


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