Manley Force

4-channel Tube Mic Preamp with Mic and DI Inputs, LED Peak Meter, HPF, Polarity Invert, and Phantom Power (Per Channel)
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Killer Mic Pre. Times Four.

The Manley Force Quad Mic Preamp uses a topology based on Manley's CORE mic pre section. It sports the same input level control and switch arrangement (minus one mic/line input). It also borrows the CORE's mic input transformer and 12AX7 vacuum tube gain stage. The main technical difference between the two units is the MOSFET White Follower, new to Manley. It also employs the same Entrodev switched mode PSU as the CORE.

Manley Force Quad Mic Preamp Features:
    Four-channel mic preamp
  • Features per channel:
    • Microphone Input (XLR)
    • hi-Z Instrument Direct Input (TRS)
    • 7-LED Peak Level Meter
    • Main Output (XLR)
    • Microphone Pre selectable gain switch 40dB or 50dB
    • 60dB available via internal jumper
    • 120Hz Highpass Filter switch
    • Polarity Invert switch
    • 48V Phantom power switch
    • Input Level Attenuator (Variable Pad)
    • Manley Microphone Input Transformer
    • Class A Vacuum Tube Gain Stage
    • MOSFET White Follower output stage
  • Warm-up mute timer circuit
  • 2U rackmount chassis
  • Front panel power LED (flashing during start-up)
  • Front panel push button power switch
The Manley Force: a killer mic pre, times four!

Additional Media

Studio Preamp Buying Guide
Hands On: Manley Force
Manley Force 4-channel Mic Preamp Review by Sweetwater
Manley Force 4-channel Mic Preamp Overview by Sweetwater Sound
Manley's Force Is with Us!

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 4
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 4 x 1/4", 4 x XLR
Analog Outputs 4 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 7"
Width 19"
Weight 8.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Force

Customer Reviews

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Big Tube Sound

Have been recording with it for a couple months. Very clean and very quiet. The sound is solid and huge. Especially in the low end. The mid range and top end are very smooth and natural sounding. It slams on drums and bass but can also create sweet sounding vocals and acoustic guitar tracks. I enjoy it the most on acoustic sources. Great tube flavor for the studio at a reasonable price.
Music background: Songwriter, Musician, Engineer for a long time

Force Pretty is great.

Unusual design. ......pad instead of gain control. Sounds great on bass

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Mitch Gallagher

When Manley introduced their awesome Core tube channel strip, the question was could they deliver the renowned Manley quality at a new, low price point. The answer was a resounding "yes"! Now the company is back with the Force, a 4-channel tube mic preamp utilizing much of the topology from the Core. Right out of the box, you'll be impressed with how rugged the Force feels; its thick faceplate and solid knobs and switches all scream "quality." On the front panel, each of the four inputs has a Hi/Lo gain switch (50dB or 40dB max gain respectively; you can also configure the Force for 60dB max gain using an internal jumper), 120Hz highpass filter, polarity invert, and phantom power switch, along with an input gain control. The level control operates a bit differently than expected, though. For maximum signal-to-noise performance, start with the input gain all the way up, and then turn it down to the desired level -- the curved front-panel LED meters for each channel make this easy. Think of the input gain control as a variable input pad, and it makes perfect sense. The front panel also features a direct input for each channel, based on the excellent-sounding DI found on the Core. Around back, you'll find an XLR input and an XLR output. The mic inputs are transformer based and utilize Manley's Class A tube design for pure, clean gain. This is not a "colored" preamp; the tubes in the Force provide outstanding dynamics, detail, clarity, punch, and fullness -- totally hi-fi preamplification for your signals. The sound quality is largely due to the proprietary, over-built power supply in the Force, which provides 300-volt rails for the tubes, along with separate power feeds for phantom power and other functions. The result is a preamp that works on everything. Paired with a great mic, you'll get incredible results from the Force. Pardon me for raving, but the Force is really that good. Having four channels at your disposal also makes the Force highly versatile for multi-miking instruments or amps or capturing several players at once. Pair it with a transparent interface or an A/D converter, and you have an awesome tracking rig!
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See also: Manley, Manley Preamps