Submitted September 13, 2017 by Aaron C in Calumet City, IL
"GAP Pre-73 Jr. Mic Preamp"
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This is my first mic preamp. So far, I am very happy with this product. I'd like 3 more to install into a rack unit. It would also be great if zZounds carried the GAP EQ units.
This is my first mic preamp so characterizing the sound is a bit difficult. I'm kinda new to recording but have dabbled in the past. I feel that, with the Pre-73 Jr, I am finally able to deliver a killer distorted guitar signal to my DAW. I use this with a Sennheiser e906 mic to record distorted tones from within an iso-cab. This unit is definitely compatible with hard rock. I haven't used the Pre-73 junior in any other settings yet, but works great with my e906.
The Pre-73 Jr is a stripped down version of the Pre-73. It has DI, 48V and PI, that's pretty much it. I think it's important to mention that the Pre-73 Jr has the "insert" feature. This allows you to use the GAP EQ, or other studio EQs that only have a 1/4" out. A feature that I really dig is that the Pre-73 Jr. can be modified. The circuit board includes soldering pads to install a Carnhill VTB-9045M mic input transformer available from GAP.
Ease of Use
Too me, the sound from this thing is great. There's two knobs; gain and output. I'm recording distorted rhythm guitars right now and I feel that less gain and more output gives me a good sound. Although more experimenting may get me closer to that tone I'm looking for. My mic placement impacts my sound more than the unit does.
The Pre-73 is enclosed in a heavy metal housing. The output pot had a bit of a tight spot, but that's gone after turning it a few dozen times. The knobs are kinda cheesy but high quality aftermarket knobs are available. Pretty paint, solid unit, got some weight to it. Nice.
This is a bare bones non-IC preamp with no bells or whistles and $150 less than it's big brother. Yes, this thing is a deal. Big deal, small package.
I sent an email to GAP inquiring about transformer upgrades and was responded to by Bo Medin, the founder of GAP. That's pretty cool, right?
The Wow Factor
I would give the Pre-73 Jr a high degree of "wow factor". What would make me want this product even if I could make good music without it is the fact that I've never experienced an audio interface, within my budget, with built in pres that sounded decent. The Pre-73 Jr sounds great and I look forward to recording with it and buying more GAP stuff.
I have been playing guitar and writing for over 20 years.
I mostly enjoy rock 'n roll and classical music.
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