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Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp

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1433776529907   POS #:111391751
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The PRE-73 MKIII is a one-channel vintage style microphone-, line and instrument preamplifier. The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors. The input and output is transformer balanced, using two different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. This is the way audio components were built befor...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The PRE-73 MKIII is a one-channel vintage style microphone-, line and instrument preamplifier. The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors. The input and output is transformer balanced, using two different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. This is the way audio components were built before integrated circuits became available.

The circuit used in the PRE-73 MKIII is similar to the preamp section in the classical 1073 module with a corresponding sound character that is warm, punchy, sweet and musical. These classic characteristics have 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 essence of this sound is now available at a surprisingly low cost, making it available to nearly everyone.

Features

Vintage Style electronics, no intergrated circuits in the signal path
Enough gain to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
GAIN/LINE mode switch, gain is reduced by 30 dB in LINE mode
Selectable two position high frequency AIR boost eq, 3 or 6 dB @ 30 kHz
Selectable 6 dB/octave two frequency high pass filter
Tantalum capacitors in the signal path
Switchable impedance in MIC mode
Switchable phantom power and absolute phase
A high-impedance instrument input
A simple but effective 4-step LED output level meter
Combo XLR/TRS input jack and separate output XLR and TRS jacks
Insert jack for inserting EQs and other units
The pcb is prepared for the Carnhill input transformer
External power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
A solid build quality that will last many years of normal use
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Golden Age ProjectPre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

Great mic preamp

By TargetSteve

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp:

    The Golden Age Project Pre-73 Mk III is a great little ramp. If you are looking for the Neve sound and do not have a boatload of money, look no further. This is a well built, well designed device that has new functionality vs. the Pre-73 Mk II. I love it on vocals and electric or acoustic guitar. You have the flexibility of gain and output controls that work in tandem to produce anything from a clean tone to a very colored tone. Another great feature is that this preamp has up to 80db of gain, making it a great preamp for low output ribbon mics.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great unit!

    By Jonas

    from New York

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp:

    I am not experienced with pre-amps at all, this is the first pre-amp I own, but I like it a lot so far. I bought it primarily for recording bass, which I do together with a Golden Age comp 54 compressor, and what comes out is quite fantastic. I could hear a clear difference immediately. The sound is way more responsive and clear compared to recording with just the interface pre-amp. I never understood all the fuzz about pre-amps. I do now.

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    5.0

    NEVE 1073, JUST MAKE SURE AND UPGRADE TO CARNHILL TRANS

    By Knowledge_718

    from Maspeth, NY

    Pros

    • It's Close Try It Compare

    Cons

    • Upgrd Trans With Carnhill

    Best Uses

    • Vocals

    Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp:

    Awesome Pre Just the way it comes very nice sounding pre, i upgraded to the Carnhill Transformers the same ones used on the AMS Neve's , BAE, Vintech Etc. been doing comparison and oh my It Stands Right Next to them, don't take my word for it TRY IT FOR YOURSELF! ill tell you this i have no need in buying clones or reproduction mimic designs, it's either this one or me getting lucky and buy a used Original Neve 1073 preamp. (DONT HESITATE LIKE I DID I WISH I WOULD'VE GOT IT SOONER)

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    1.0

    Breaks easy

    By Smh

    from Tampa Fl

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    Pros

    • It only buzzes, no sound whatsover

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp:

    I never got to use it, it was broke right out of the gate. I sent it back and I haven't heard from them in a week. It's like it vanished..

     
    5.0

    I'm saving money to get me another one!

    By Leo

    from Orlando

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    Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp:

    Excellent product! I can't be any more happy with this Preamp. Sounds warm. It took my recordings to the next level!

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