Golden Age Project Pre573 500 Series Microphone Preamp
A single channel vintage pre, the Golden Age Project Pre573 Microphone Preamp offers discrete components to create a signal path that resonates with vintage tonality. Built without integrated circuits, the Pre573 offers vintage sound because it is made up of quality components much the same as the popular vintage gear was in its inception. The 500 series format of this item requires a 500 series rack module to be used.
Golden Age Project Pre573 Microphone Preamp Features
- Vintage Style electronics without integrated circuits in the signal path
- Transformer balanced and fully floating output (600 ohm load up to level of about 28 dBu)
- 80 dB Maximum gain on the mic input, enough to handle passive ribbon mics
- Gain range from -15 to +80 dB, turn switch and a toggle selects an additional 5 or 10 dB gain
- Switchable impedance on the mic input, 1200 or 300 ohms, will change the tone of many mics
- Line level signals accepted by switch that lowers signal and raises input impedance
- Switchable phantom power with a LED indicator
- Insert jack for inserting Golden Age Project 500 Series effect units
- Phase switch
- Selectable AIR equalizer adds a small boost above 10 kHz
- Signal and overload LED indicator glows red at about +4 dBu and increases its intensity up to the max output level
- Tantalum capacitors in the signal path
- Selectable 600 ohm Output Termination at the back of the module
- Circuit board star grounding scheme
- A solid build quality that will last many years of normal use
The circuit used in the Pre573 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 price that can put this quality tonality in nearly any project studio.
A flexible front panel instrument input for any sound module, electric guitar or bass that can be selected between a high impedance Active or a mid-Z Passive mode. These two DI-options makes it possible to get different tones from electric instrument. The Passive DI input mode is usually more suited for injecting active units like sound modules.
The 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.