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Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII  

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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 no... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

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
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Golden Age ProjectPre-73 Preamp MKII
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Professional functions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Warm sound for a fantastic price!

Really was more than I expected. Great sound, great value and versatility. Try it you'll like it unless you're a sound snob and have 'highenditis"
If you're like me...Read complete review

Really was more than I expected. Great sound, great value and versatility. Try it you'll like it unless you're a sound snob and have 'highenditis"
If you're like me looking for a warm analog type sound then look no further. It has a warm fat sound without making your meters jump through the roof. The output dial lets you dial in lots of different sounds and the impedence selection gives you versatility with any mic you use. Makes even the cheap mics sounds great. I hooked it up to my keyboard and the sound was warm and clear, bass sounded clean and fat, highs were nice and clear, clean in fact. Easy to use, quiet, solid build and great tonality. Can't go wrong, especially with the manufacturers wiring things up like the stuff from the old days. It really does have a vintage sound. I have to admit I was going for the ISA One and sitting on the fence about the UA stuff but without being able to demo something that costs $500-700 I was glad I went with the Golden Age Pre-73.
Great build. love how they keep things simple.
Can't beat it, for the money might be the best out there.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

GAP Pre-73 Vs. Behringer MIC2200

I tested the Pre-73 side by side with a Behringer MIC2200. The Behringer did more for my acoustic guitar and keyboard piano than the Pre-73. The Behringer is also dual channel which...Read complete review

I tested the Pre-73 side by side with a Behringer MIC2200. The Behringer did more for my acoustic guitar and keyboard piano than the Pre-73. The Behringer is also dual channel which allows me to record my acoustic guitar in stereo and my keyboard stereo piano in stereo (stereo cable to a y split). I decided to let the mastering company increase the volume of my cd and add any needed color and depth.

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5.0

sounds like a classic warm mic pre

By RANDALL

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

makes good microphones sound better.

 
4.0

Nice little Pre

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

This is a solid little pre-amp. The Pre-73 gives a nice Neve-like sound. The high gain of this pre works great with dynamic mics, like the Shure sm7b.

I've also had great luck with the DI on this preamp, specifically for bass. Running this pre into an ART Pro VLA 2 sounds great.

This unit is my second Pre73. My first was a used purchase which died after about 6 months. While it worked, I liked it so much, I bought a new one. (Hopefully it lasts!)

I knocked one star off for lack of documentation. This pre could use a bit more complete of a manual.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High Quality Acoustic Guitar Sound

By -Sean

from Newhall, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

    I have been a home recording musician the better part of 30 years. I love to record acoustic guitar the most. This pre-amp breathed new life into my $100 and something dollar Audio Technica condenser mic. It was a vast improvement over just plugging the mic directly into my Saffire Pro 26. For a clean natural sound, I keep the mic gain low and increase the output. For a more driven sound, you can increase the mic gain and lower the output. The wonderful thing is that it's just 2 knobs. Its so simple. I just turn on the red box and my mic is live. The guitar was crisp and clear and really sounded great with no processing. A little compression, EQ and reverb took my already clear sound to a new level. I recently obtained a Shure SM-81 condenser mic which I am using with the pre-73. I am very happy with my acoustic guitar sound.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Tone

    By Charlie

    from Abingdon,Maryland

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Professional Functions
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

      You can run your guitar and vocals through this ,it will produce a great full sound. Do not go cheap you only need one and it will last a long time this will give you a professional sound.

      (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      GAP Pre-73 Vs. Behringer MIC2200

      By Ran

      from Llano, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Duplicates

      Best Uses

        Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

        I tested the Pre-73 side by side with a Behringer MIC2200. The Behringer did more for my acoustic guitar and keyboard piano than the Pre-73. The Behringer is also dual channel which allows me to record my acoustic guitar in stereo and my keyboard stereo piano in stereo (stereo cable to a y split). I decided to let the mastering company increase the volume of my cd and add any needed color and depth.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet Mic Pre

        By djp420

        from New York City

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Paint Flakes Off

        Best Uses

        • Bass Guitar
        • Guitar
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording
        • Synths
        • Vocals

        Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

        I bought a pair of GA73's 4 years ago here at MF. I have them inline with a Chandler Limited TG2, Warm Audio TB12's, modded TAC Scorpion AMI console pre's, Daking and Avalon 737's. To be honest all the pre's mentioned are great!! I have found that I've been using the GA73's in nearly every recording. I especially like to D.I. guitars with them. Female vocals are great as is a direct line in from a synth. It's an awesome pre for the money and I have many reasons to keep them in full service.

        The only issue I have have with the preamp is the paint on the top of the box chips off easily. So far the face of the unit has not chipped. It's awesome really.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Pre

        By Gerry

        from Fullerton, CA

        Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great preamp.

        By fawwx

        from superior, wi

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Sounds good

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

          I love this box. Colors up nicely when pushed. Sounds great clean or overdiven. I use this with a Sure Super 55.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Piece of Equipment

          By Eduard Rochester

          from Chula Vista, CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful
          • Professional Functions
          • Spartan Controls
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

            I like the warm that this piece of equipment adds to the sound. I bought it to replace a Pre Sonus tube pre, and I'm glad I did. Pre Sonus is good, but I think the Pre-73 just has them beat.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Pre

            By hardcore_applecore

            from Australia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

              I hate to say that this pre is great bang for buck - but it really is. The pre is very versatile - settings offer clean gain to strong character. Tons of gain.

              Love the sound on vocals when the trasformers are pushed and the output is low. Some people say it is muddy, I would say it is more gritty (in a nice way) and has a nice ballanced compressed quality to the sound.

              Clean settings (early transformer stages) with moderate output are great for anything acoustic. Really love this setting as a drum oh. Acoustic guitars sound great.

              The quality of preamps coming out at a low cost is freaking awesome. Also recomend the WARM WA12 (API 312 Clone) if you are after another quality pre to add some flavour at a budget cost. If you are on a budget the GAP Pre-73 is a no brainer.

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