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One-channel, low-cost preamp with fully discrete signal path similar to the venerable Neve 1073.

With circuitry based on the venerable Neve 1073 preamp, considered among the best-sounding preamps of all time, the Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKII version delivers the same vintage sound with lower noise and wider dynamic range. It also features a rear-panel 1/4" insert send/return jack, plus the gain control now operates clockwise for higher gain.

The Golden Age Project PRE-73 Mk2 is the first one-channel low-cost preamp on the market that is using a fully discrete signal path with three separate transformers for the balanced mic input, the line input and the output.

The circuit is very similar to the classical preamp section of the Neve 1073 pre/eq module with a corresponding sound character that is warm, punchy, sweet and musical. This classical sound has been heard on countless recordings through the years and it is a versatile sound that works very well on most sound sources and in most genres.

The PRE-73 has a maximum gain of 80dB on the mic input and the gain range on the Line input is -20 to + 10dB. There is also a high-impedance instrument input.

The PRE-73 is perfect for almost any signal source, no matter if it’s a microphone with a high or low sensitivity (like a passive ribbon mic), a syntheziser or sound module or an electric guitar or bass.

The input impedance of the microphone input can be switched between 300 and 1200 ohm, which makes it possible to affect the tone of most microphones. There is also phase switch and an simple 4-step LED signal level meter.

The output level control makes it possible to make fine gain adjustments and also to overload the main gain stage for more character and then lower the signal to a suitable level before the output stage.

Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII Features:

  • Vintage Style electronics. No intergrated circuits in the signal path
    Maximum gain on the mic input is 80 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
    Gain range Line input: -20 to + 10 dB
    Switchable impedance mic input: 1200 or 300 Ohms, will change the tone of most mics
    Switchable phantom power and absolute phase
    High-impedance instrument input for any sound module, electric guitar or bass
    Simple but effective 4-step LED output level meter
    Output level control makes it possible to make fine gain adjustments and also to overload the main gain stage(s) for more character and then lower the signal to a suitable level before the output stage
    Combo XLR/TRS input jacks and separate output XLR and TRS jacks for flexible connections.
    Insert jack for inserting EQ´s and other units.
    Selectable 600 ohm output termination.
    External high-power power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
    Solid build quality that will last through many years of normal use




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  • Warms up that dried out digital vocal signal!

    As reviewed by Jason Buckingham on 4/30/2013

    This preamp is incredible. I read all the reviews and listened to some A/B audio before buying, and my GAP Pre-73 MkII has exceeded my expectations. If you're a singer who thinks your digitally recorded vocal tracks sound dry or antiseptic, then this could be the solution. You can read about all the technical specifications and how it all works elsewhere (and I recommend that you do so - it's fascinating if you're into that sort of thing), but to put it in a nutshell, this preamp adds warmth and character to digitally recorded vocals, especially when used in conjunction with a good mic and an outboard compressor or leveling amp. You can get a range of coloration, from a little warmth, all the way to an overdriven kind of sound. The unit itself is quite stoutly built - anyone who has picked up and handled one of these preamps should be able to tell that the unit is well made. Based on the build quality, I expect that the preamp should last through years of normal use, as long as the user handles the preamp like a piece of studio outboard equipment. If you get one, experiment with it, because it can make a variety of different sounds depending on your other equipment. Here's my current setup: Shure SM7B into the Pre-73, with an FMR RNC 1773 compressor connected to the insert, out to a Lexicon Alpha digital interface. With a little tinkering, I've found that I only need 40-50 dB of gain to drive my SM7B and get great warm vocal tracks through the Lexicon, even though the SM7B is known to usually require 70 dB of clean gain. One thing to note: if you're using an inexpensive digital interface like the Lexicon Alpha, then you'll want to buy an XLR to TRS cable to connect the preamp to your digital interface (use the line input), because the preamp's output signal is at line level (+4 dB), but most of the inexpensive 1 or 2 input digital interfaces have non-switchable mic inputs at mic level (-10 dB). For obvious reasons, your recordings will sound like crap if you pump a +4 signal through a -10 input.

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  • Awesome Pre

    As reviewed by Gerry on 7/6/2014

    I can only echo all the good things that have been stated about this unit. For me, not being and engineer, the Pre 73 added needed credibility to my recordings. A few years back I upgraded my interface with a Saffire Pro 14 because of the great pre amps it advertised. No knock on Focusrite they make great products and at the time it was a big move up for me, but adding the Pre 73 for recording vocals and acoustic guitars gives the warmth, punch and fullness I've been missing. Now the vocals and acoustic guitars don't get lost in the mix and I don't have to do so much in the post to get great sounds. I've only just started using it and I'm sure I'll discover more as I learn to dial it in. Thanks also to GC for great service and a great deal.

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