Manley® VOXBOX Channel Strip
Track in real time with the ultimate all‑tube vocal processor.
The human voice is the first, most natural musical instrument. It’s also the most expressive. Like the voice itself, Manley’s VOXBOX channel strip is a beautiful and evolved system — a high-end blend of tube-driven preamp, dynamics and EQ circuits, designed specifically for your all-important vocals.
Featuring UA’s groundbreaking Unison™ technology, the Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip plug-in for Apollo and UAD-2 hardware is a stunningly faithful emulation of this premium vocal channel strip. One listen and you’ll hear why it’s the vocal choice of Beck, Rick Rubin, U2 and more.
Now You Can:
Track rich, luxurious vocals in real time through Manley’s high-fidelity, Class A tube mic preamp
Easily sculpt vocals with Manley’s Pultec-style passive EQ with 33 selectable frequencies
Expertly dial-in signals with transparent optical compressor with 25 Attack and Release combinations
Harness Class A EQ and compression for bass, acoustic guitars, vocals, voiceovers, and more
Organically tame sibilance with unmatched de-esser/limiter section
Control Apollo interface mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the VOXBOX plug-in with Unison technology
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Manley VOXBOX 5-Minute Tip
Learn how to use this incredible channel strip on vocals, bass and drums.
Under the Hood
Introduced in 1997, the Manley VOXBOX combines the best of Manley’s audio designs, including their high-fidelity tube mic preamp, vactrol optical compressor, Pultec-style passive EQ, and de-esser/limiter into a formidable 3U package. Featuring Manley’s legendary boutique build quality, including in-house wound transformers, the VOXBOX stands alone as a premium tube-driven toolbox for outstanding vocal tracks.
Track Vocals through a Coveted Mic Preamp — with Unison Technology
Chock full of Class A vacuum tube tone, the Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip plug-in expertly emulates the hardware’s rich, feedback-style mic preamp. Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the VOXBOX plug-in perfectly captures the impedance, gain staging, and the circuit behaviors that have made the hardware famous. The secret is Unison’s bi-directional control and communication — from the plug-in to the digitally controlled mic preamps in Apollo audio interfaces.
Compress Sources Before the Preamp
Just like the hardware, the Manley VOXBOX plug-in lets you tame transients before the preamp with its flexible optical compressor. This innovative topology, as well as the compressor’s 25 interactive Attack and Release combinations, assure exceptionally clean, smooth-sounding tracks.
Unmatched Passive EQ Sculpting
The Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip plug-in’s three-band, passive EQ is based on the classic Pultec MEQ-5. With two peak bands, one dip band, and greatly expanded and overlapping frequency selections, this broad-stroke EQ keeps the top end sweet, and the lows defined, yet natural sounding — even with extreme boosts and cuts.
Ultra Transparent De-Essing and More
At the center of the Manley VOXBOX is its sublime, natural sounding de-esser. With two knobs, you’re afforded complete control of not only vocals, but shrill electric guitars, or overly bright overheads. You can also turn off the de-esser frequency control and use this section as an aggressive and colorful limiter.
Not Just for Vocals
For years, the Manley VOXBOX has been a secret weapon for bassists looking to harness its high-end tube signal path and slick EQ and compression appointments. Engineers have also called on the Manley VOXBOX for clean electric guitars, strings, and drums as it’s always-musical results can elevate any source way beyond the ordinary.
“We have all worked hard to make the Manley VOXBOX plug-in the most accurate ever. No mean feat when you consider that it is a complex, multi-function unit.”
– EveAnna Manley President of Manley Labs
“The UAD Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip plug-in is the most authentic analog emulation I’ve ever heard. It behaves and sounds exactly like the hardware.”
– Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Soul Asylum, Reggie Watts)
“The Manley VOXBOX exhibits some of the best tube circuitry in a mic preamp. It can get warm and super clean but can also be driven hard for effect. Now available as a UAD plug-in, it’s quite a gift.”
– Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)
“The UAD Manley VOXBOX is quickly becoming my favorite preamp for tracking.”
February 12, 2021
2 in 1
Even if you do not superb sound on your acoustic guitars or vocals, you can still use it for top-notch. mid-range EQ! Great stuff!Read More
February 8, 2021
Worth every penny
Amazing gear. Simple to use. Great on vocals, bass, kick, snare, over heads... Only EQ needs a little time to get along with but it realy adds a lot. (Paired with a Pultec)Read More
February 8, 2021
Very good quality "device"Read More
February 6, 2021
Love my Manley voxbox easy to use thank youRead More
January 25, 2021
Not only for vocals
So surprised to use it on different sources . The deesser if wonderful too.Read More
January 24, 2021
I am big fan of Manley pre amps . When i bought this emulation i never thought that this will be of the same quality of an...Read More
Exclusively licensed by Manley Laboratories, modeled by Universal Audio
World's only channel strip custom-designed for the ultimate vocal performance and production experience
Best of Manley's designs: Tube mic preamp, optical compressor, limiter/de-esser, and three band passive EQ
Feedback-style 60 dB tube mic preamp with Mic, Line, or Hi-Z input with Unison technology
Models entire VOXBOX circuit path, including transformers, tube amplifiers, passive inductor based filters, and optical gain reduction
Sidechain Unlink/Link, Output transformer bypass, plus final clean makeup gain or attenuation
Physical input impedance and front panel control of Gain staging and other preamp parameters via Unison
Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip
2 in 1
Even if you do not superb sound on your acoustic guitars or vocals, you can still use it for top-notch. mid-range EQ! Great stuff!
Worth every penny
Simple to use. Great on vocals, bass, kick, snare, over heads...
Only EQ needs a little time to get along with but it realy adds a lot. (Paired with a Pultec)
Very good quality "device"
Love my Manley voxbox easy to use thank you
Not only for vocals
So surprised to use it on different sources . The deesser if wonderful too.
I am big fan of Manley pre amps . When i bought this emulation i never thought that this will be of the same quality of an hardware. Amazing sound quality.
Manley Voxbox Plug-in - Amazing
This single plug-in was what got me interested in UAD and the Apollo in the first place as I have compressed through a physical Voxbox in a past life and was blown away by how great it made everything sound that passed through it. Using this plug-in on a vocal chain has brought back those fond memories. I’d rather have the physical unit in my rack, but this is a damn close second.
the purchase is perfect I was using it the first days but when I have the plungins it tells me that I CAN'T USE IT !!!!
Le pluggin est malade
Malade l’émulation serieux il manque juste un peu de preset mais je men suis fait hehe belle job Uad !!
uad changed my entire workflow to the next level
I think apollo and uad plugins changed the game of music industry , that's upgrade my works quality to professional sound , I love you ♥
Wish you would provide more presets for people doing VO and radio imaging. Always wanted to add the Vo Box to my collection.
A friend had told me about this unit and it is truly wonderful on vocals as well as other instruments. The all in one channel strip makes it very useful and simple to compare with other plugins when searching for the perfect solution for a track.
Excellent as everything of UAudio !
Exremely near the original wooww!!
A great big portable studio in my Mac !
By the time and waiting the right promotion i will buy everythink of UAudio!
It’s as I remember the hardware: amazing
I used a hardware VoxBox years ago for an album session and loved it for my vocals. Was pleased to find the Unison software sounded like I remember the hardware sounding: big, clean, warm and larger than life. I was using the 1073 + 1176 before, but this sounds better to me and uses less DSP. I’m a fan and will be using it for all my vocals for the foreseeable future.
Latency in the plugin when I record artist. Not sure why. Even afterwards when I'm mixing its still late. I have it on my vocal channel in ProTools
Didn’t think I’d ever be replacing that 1073 unison tech, but alas. Voxbox sounds so good on vocals. I usually find a preset closest to what I need and then tweak from there based on room/mic/singer. Love that it’s a one-stop shop with the compressor and de-Ess baked in. If you demo this you’re going to ruin your life knowing you have to buy after.
Imposes sound character!
Indispensable for those looking for the heat of the valve and the hardware character of one of the most iconic preamps in the industry.
I've always struggled with vocals, but this thing is just amazing. I wish i bought this one sooner. Next on the wishlist ist the EQ by manley
Vocal, Acoustic and Bass Magic
It has taken quite awhile to find THE vocal chain for me. The Vox Box makes singing a pleasure. I have very little post processing to do if I use the Vox Box on the way in. Vocals, acoustic guitar and bass are all impressive sounding when massaged with the Manley.