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Manley Force anything else to look at?
Old 10th February 2016
Gear Nut
Manley Force anything else to look at?

I bought a Manley core single channel and I'm noticing that my keyboards which is my main source of sound are sounding noticeably better and stronger when I run them through the core and record the audio as opposed to just running right into the Metric Halo LIO 8 interface. I want to be able to run a couple more mics at once as well as have 4 more stereo inputs when not using mics to record my keyboards. I will just patch what I am using into the force and record the audio into my DAW. I know Manley is a good trusted name in high end audio which I am familiar with but just wondering if there is another other box to consider other than the Force?
Old 10th February 2016
If you like the pre in the core, the force will make you very happy Stick with what you personally already like! It's a great sounding unit. Yes there are many other options out there at vastly different price points. I'm personally a sucker for LaChapell's
Old 11th February 2016
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Yes, its the same preamp, I love mine, 4 channels is great to have. ch3,4 are permanently set to my room mics, they resolution it brings to the sound is just awesome!
Old 13th February 2016
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I would consider Vintech 473 or a Sebatron vmp-4000E if you are looking for another four channels. Both models will inject some life into any signal to make it more musical although the Vintech isn't a 'tube' device.

The Sebatron 4000E uses 12AT7 tubes which are not the commonly used 12AX7 tubes as used in many guitar amps and the Manley force.
I found the 12AT7 a lot smoother in the mids than the 12AX7 and to me sounds more hi-end.
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