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Golden Age Project Pre73 MKII Microphone Preamp

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Product Description

A single channel low-cost preamp with all the features and components needed for high quality audio recording, the Golden Age Project's Pre73 MKII Microphone and Line Preamp utilizes a wholly discrete signal path by way of three transformers that have been separated for an independent balanced microphone input, line input and output. Designed to match Neve 1073 pre/eq module, the circuitry in the Pre73 MKII Preamp has a warm and punchy character with a sweet musical tone reminiscent of that classic, versatile sound perfect for any genre of music.

Golden Age Project Pre73 MKII Microphone Preamp Features

  • Lower noise floor and Greater Dynamic Range than the Original Pre73 Preamp
  • Pre73 MKII adds a rear-panel insert for EQ and dynamics processing
  • Vintage Style electronics with no integrated circuits in the signal path
  • Switchable phantom power and absolute phase
  • High-impedance instrument input for connecting sound modules, electric guitar or bass
  • A simple but effective 4-step LED output level meter
  • The output level control offers:
    • Fine gain adjustments
    • Overloading the main gain stage(s) for more character
    • Lowering the signal to a suitable level before the output stage
  • Combo XLR/TRS input jacks and separate output XLR and TRS jacks
  • Includes high power external power supply
A must have for your studio, the Golden Age Project Pre 73 MKII Microphone and Line Preamp offers a max gain up to 80 dB for mics and a gain range switchable between -20 to + 10 dB for line input sound sources. The Pre73 MKII Preamp also offers a high-impedance instrument input making this Golden Age Project Microphone and Line Preamp a perfect solution for the majority of signal sources.

Pre73 MKII Uses
Connect to a passive ribbon mic, a workstation synthesizer, sound module or an electric instrument including guitar or bass, the Golden Age Project Pre73 MKII microphone input is switchable from 300 to 1200 ohms to influence the tone of most microphones whether Dynamic or condenser. The Pre73 MKII also offers a simple 4-step LED signal level meter for monitoring levels, a phase switch and an output level control.

Product Specifications
Golden Age Project Pre73 MKII Microphone Preamp Specifications
  • Mic Input Max Gain: 80dB
    • Handles passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
  • Line Input Gain Range: -20 to +10dB
  • Microphone Output Impedance: Switchable 1200 or 300 Ohm


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Phone:  Warranty:  1 Year
Kevin J from Battle Creek, MI, USA
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Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This guy is built like a tank. The knobs are very heavy duty and I bet I could drop this thing on the floor and nothing would happen to it.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
I like the fact it has the DI option built in. I don't usually record bass/guitar into it, but I like that it has this option.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
It's fairly easay to use, but it may be a little awkward for people who are used to working with other Pres. After you get the hang of it though, it is actually quite simple.
Sound
How is the tone?
I love the sound that comes out of it. I use it mainly on vocals, and there is definitely coloration to the voice. I like to use it on female vocals to give them a little "darker" edge, and it does this quite nicely. If you don't like coloration from your pre, I would stay away from this and look at something more like the ISA One.
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
Haven't had an issue with it ever....so it's held up pretty well.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
This is probably the best pre at this price point. This pre holds up very well with others that are in the $600 - $1,000 price range. So it is definitely a bargain. I wanted to choose between this and the more expensive ISA One. After I tested both out, I ran after the Golden Age. It has a sound that is absolutely gorgeous and blew away the ISA One for what I was looking to do. As I said before though there is quite a bit of coloration with this pre. So if you want clean unaltered sound, this is not the pre for you. I think the coloration does add the warmth though that is missing from many other modern units these days.
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