Universal Audio Manley Tube Preamp

Tube Preamp Plugin

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  • Regular price $149.00 67% off
  • $49.00

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Education proof is submitted to the manufacturer and is accepted at their discretion.

The Basics

iLok is a copy protection method used by many of our brands.

It has 3 types of activations, iLok USB, iLok Machine, and iLok Cloud.

Different brands/products will offer different iLok methods. iLok USB is always an option, but the availability of iLok Cloud and iLok Machine methods is at the discretion of the software developer.

iLok Account

For all iLok protected products, you will need an iLok account. You can create one for free here: ilok.com/#!registration

iLok License Manager

To manage your iLok licenses, there is a dedicated app called iLok License Manager. This app is used to register, activate, and move your licenses between locations.

You can download the latest installers from the iLok website: ilok.com/#!home

iLok USB Key

iLok USB

This activation is stored on an iLok 2 or 3 USB key.

It is the best option for portability, if you frequently move between multiple machines, and offline use.

iLok Machine ID

Machine ID

This activation is stored locally on your computer.

While this is a convenient way to work offline, and does not require the additional cost of an iLok USB, there is the risk of a license being lost in the case of a drive failure.

This option also requires extra care when you upgrade to a new computer, the license(s) must be deactivated on your old machine first to ensure you do not lose them.

iLok Cloud

iLok Cloud

This activation is based online, and requires a "cloud session" using the iLok License Manager.

It requires an active internet connection for the entire time you use the plugin(s).

Get Clear, Smooth Manley Tube Sound for Your 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 Unison-equipped plug-in, perfect for Apollo audio interface users.

Included Versions

  • UAD Native - Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware (AAX, AU, VST3)
  • Apollo Realtime & UAD-2 - Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware (AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3)

Capturing a Modern Classic with Unison

The UAD Manley Tube Preamp plug-in gives you all the clarity and sheen of a Manley hardware preamp, faithfully modeling every stage of its overbuilt circuit with accuracy.

Harnessing UA's Unison technology, this plug-in blurs the lines between analog and digital, giving you all of the hardware’s impedance, gain staging "sweet spots", and sonic DNA.

Give Your Tracks High‑End Gloss

Like the hardware, the Manley Tube Preamp plug-in adds smooth "hi‑fi" texture.

Just drop it into the Unison slot of your Apollo interface's Console or LUNA software to inject instant life to vocals and bass, punch up acoustic guitars and drums, or add forwardness to synths.

Add Clarity and Weight to Any Source

Of course, the Manley Tube Preamp plug‑in isn't just for Apollo owners.

You can employ the Manley Preamplifier plug‑in for mixing and tone shaping in your DAW of choice, with or without UAD hardware.


  • Give vocals and other instruments the smooth, clear sound of Manley's Class‑A tube mic preamp
  • Record "through" the iconic Manley preamp in real time using Apollo audio interfaces
  • Add tube detail and rich complex circuit behaviors to make your tracks come alive
  • Control Apollo mic preamp gain staging and impedance from the Manley Preamplifier plug‑in via Unison technology

System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.15 Catalina and above
  • Windows 10 and above (64-bit only)
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
  • Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
  • iLok Cloud and iLok USB licensing methods are supported

Plugin Formats

  • UAD Native: AAX Native, AU, and VST3
  • Apollo & UAD-2: AAX Native, AU, VST2, and VST3
  • Crossgrade Proof

    This crossgrade is for owners of a competing DAW. To prove your DAW ownership, we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.

    Types of proof

    A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

    A screenshot of your product registration

    A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.