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Universal Audio Manley Tube Preamp

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Manley Tube Preamp


Manley Tube Preamp




Get smooth, detailed vocals, bass, and more.

Manley tube mic preamps are a modern classic, adding unmistakable clarity and detail to any signal that passes through them. Now, you can easily get the harmonically “alive” Class‑A sound in a simple plug‑in.


Included Versions


UAD Native
Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware.


Apollo Realtime & UAD‑2
Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware.


UAD Native plug-ins run on both macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer and Windows 10 and 11.



  • Give vocals and other instruments the smooth, clear sound of Manley's Class-A tube mic preamp
  • Add tube detail and rich complex circuit behaviors to make your acoustic guitars and keyboards come alive
  • Punch up your percussion tracks with authentic big studio sound
  • Record in realtime “through” a high-end Manley preamp with Apollo and Unison™ technology


Add Clarity and Weight to Any Source

The UAD Manley Tube Preamp plug-in gives you all the open sheen of a Manley hardware preamp, faithfully modeling every stage of its overbuilt circuit, so you can inject instant life to vocals and bass, punch up acoustic guitars and drums, or push synths forward.


Record “Through” a Boutique Tube Preamp With Apollo

UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology lets you track in realtime through the Manley Tube Preamp plug‑in using your Apollo, giving you the original vintage hardware’s line/mic preamp impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and exact circuit behaviors.


System Requirements


  • macOS Catalina 10.15, Big Sur 11, Monterey 12, Ventura 13, or Sonoma 14
  • Windows 10 or Windows 11 (64-bit editions)
  • Intel, AMD or Apple silicon processor
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize native UAD plug-ins
  • Free iLok account with iLok Cloud or iLok USB (2nd generation or higher)
  • Free UA Connect application for managing native UAD plug-ins
  • A supported DAW compatible with VST, AU and AAX plug-in file formats.


Native UAD Instruments Requirements


  • Sample-based UAD instruments require SSD storage with APFS formatting for macOS or NTFS formatting for Windows
  • 1 GB to 10 GB available SSD storage per plug-in (space requirement varies per UAD Instrument). A minimum of 100 GB available storage is highly recommended.
  • Individual UAD Instrument storage requirements are listed on UA Connect’s UAD Plug-Ins tab.




  • Operating systems not listed above are untested. Although untested operating systems may work, they are not supported by Universal Audio.
  • Pre-release and beta versions of operating systems are not supported.
  • Native UAD plug-ins on Apple silicon machines automatically run natively on Apple silicon in DAWs that support native Apple silicon.
  • Windows running via Bootcamp on Mac systems are not supported.
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