Iconic Preamp Sound at an Affordable Price!
Breathe new life into your home studio with the vintage sound of the Golden Age Pre-73 MKII preamplifier. With up to 80 dB of consistent gain, the Pre-73 MKII gives your tracks a smooth high end and detailed midrange -- similar to the full sound you would expect from a tube preamp. Once you hear the familiar yet striking character this single-channel preamp can add to your recordings, you won't be surprised it was based on the revered Neve 1073 pre/EQ.
Capture Any Source: Mic, Line, and Instrument Inputs
Thanks to its high-impedance instrument input, line input, and switchable phantom-powered XLR microphone input, the Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKII is perfect for enriching just about any source. Simply plug your synth, guitar, or even bass into the 1/4" instrument input on the front of the unit and press the DI switch to add rich depth to your tone. You can even keep your mic and line sources connected to the back of the Pre-73 MKII while using the front-panel inputs: just press the DI button again to instantly switch between tracking different sources.
Now on the MKII Version: 1/4" Insert Send/Return Jack
In addition to the two Neutrik combination mic/line inputs on the back of this preamp, the Pre-73 MKII also includes an insert jack. An update to the original Pre-73 preamp, the insert jack lets you easily incorporate EQs and other outboard gear into your signal chain before the final gain stages of the Pre-73 MKII. Since the final coloration of your track will come from the preamp, any sound processing unit you insert will feel more integrated into your mix.
Discrete Signal Path for a Vintage Sound
The core of what gives the Pre-73 MKII such a warm, punchy sound quality is its classic design, inspired by how preamps used to be made: using high-grade transistors in place of more modern integrated circuits. The line and microphone input, as well as the output, all use separate balanced transformers that are individually tuned and optimized. Each input transformer has two possible gain stages, one for up to 50 dB, and another that is added to the signal path when you go from 50 dB -- 80 dB. After the initial gain stages, your signal hits the output level potentiometer, and from there it goes to the final output stage, this process only uses three additional transistors. The maximum number of elements that your source could possibly go through is nine, which is less than even a single IC chip in many modern preamps.
Adjust Coloration with Separate Input and Output Knobs
Add presence and depth to every source you run through the Golden Age Pre-73 MKII with separate input and output gain knobs. Simply overload the main gain stage and dial in the exact amount of "character" you need, then bring it down to a suitable level before the output stage to avoid peaking. When pushed to its limits, the Pre-73 MKII delivers a subtle harmonic distortion that adds body to a thin source without being overbearing. Every source you record, from vocals to electric guitars, will have its own unique "sweet spot" in the settings that work best for adding the perfect presence and depth.
Learn more about the original GA Pre-73 with this video from Gearwire:
- Vintage-style electronics with no integrated circuits in the signal path
- Controllable main gain stage and output for more coloration and transformer saturation
- High-impedance instrument input for connecting synths, electric guitar or bass
- Combination Neutrik XLR/TRS input jacks and separate output XLR and TRS jacks
- 80 dB max gain, perfect for passive ribbons, low output dynamic mics and quiet sound sources
- 1200 or 300 Ohm impedance switch on the microphone input
- Switchable phase and phantom power
- Line input with a gain range of -20 to +10 dB
Many home studios are built around budget audio interfaces that don't provide the gain you need to reach the full potential of your microphone locker. Those cold, lackluster preamps can leave your tracks sounding harsh and overall less musical, which makes for a slower, more frustrating mixing process. The Pre-73 MKII helps you dial in a great sound right at the source. No matter what you're recording, this preamp is an affordable way to significantly upgrade your home studio.
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