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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 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....  Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
Solid build quality that will last through many years of normal use
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Golden Age ProjectPre-73 Preamp MKII
 
5.0

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High Quality Acoustic Guitar Sound

By -Sean

from Newhall, CA

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

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    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.

     
    5.0

    sounds like a classic warm mic pre

    By RANDALL

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp MKII:

    makes good microphones sound better.

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