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Warm Audio WA73-EQ 1073 Style Microphone Preamp And Equalizer

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The Warm Audio WA73-EQ is a single channel re-creation of the classic 1073 British preamp with EQ that each pay careful and humble homage to the original circuit. If there’s one preamp-EQ that professional engineers would unanimously agree has defined the tone of pop/rock records for the last 50+ years, it would most definitely be the venerable 1073. The 1073 has been massively used in recording and live applications for decades and is still considered to be the Holy Grail of preamps today.

Warm Audio WA73-EQ 1073 Style Preamp And EQ Features

  • Single Channel, Class A, 1073-style British Microphone Preamp with EQ
  • UK Made Carnhill Transformers
  • UK made Blore Edwards EQ dual-concentric switch potentiometers
  • Hand Wired, Hand Assembled
  • 80db Of Gain - Resistor Stepped Gain Switch
  • Fully Discrete
  • Additional high band frequency EQ points added (compared to vintage 1073)
  • Led Level Indication
  • 19" Rackable
  • Internal IEC 115v/230v Power Inlet 
When Warm Audio decided to release the WA73 Family it was imperative to them that the products pay respectful homage to the sacred British console history in both design and performance. The tone and sweet character that the vintage units impart is so unique and familiar, that Warm Audio had only the pure desire to release truly sonic accurate replicas. After years of R&D, careful reverse-engineering, and countless hours of auditioning, the WA73 Family has been born!

The WA73 Family of preamps are “Desert Island” boutique preamps but can also be classified as studio and live work-horses. The classic 1073 is known as a versatile tool that works with all kinds of microphones from Condenser, to Dynamic, to Ribbon. The WA73 Family equally shines on all types of microphones and sources including; vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, orchestras, keyboards, and even as a tone shaping tool to run partial or complete mixes through. With 80dB of gain, fully discrete Carnhill Transformer balanced signal path, and versatile 3 band inductor EQ - there’s no recording, mixing or engineering task the WA73-EQ can’t handle.

Hand Wired, Hand Assembled:
The classic 1073 was hand-wired and so is the WA73 Family! Guru’s claim that a portion of the 1073’s classic tone can be attributed to the hand-wired nature of the build. The entirety of the WA73 Family of preamps is authentically hand-wired and hand assembled, including the PCB components that are all populated by hand.

UK Custom Carnhill Transformers:
1073 enthusiasts unequivocally get excited about the component history in these classic circuits. The signal transformers are a common topic of conversation. The classic vintage units used various versions of transformers throughout the years, and the most coveted were the very first versions made by Marinair Radar. Marinair Radar Transformers are regarded as the most desirable 1073 choice due to their fluid and forgiving nature. They saturate sweetly when pushed, and have been known to make engineers cry when they hear how beautiful their mixes sound through them! Warm Audio worked closely with Carnhill Transformers of Cambridgeshire, UK, to design faithful replicas of these most coveted, early version transformers. The entire WA73 Family proudly utilizes these fantastic Carnhill Transformers. We at Warm Audio have not yet heard a modern day 1073-style preamp sound as close to the early vintage 1073 design as do our WA73 Family units with these beautiful custom Transformers.

Capacitors & Signal Path:
An important part of these classic British circuits not often discussed is the different styles of capacitors and output transistor used. We found it important to maintain integrity to the original design by using tantalum and polystyrene capacitors in the signal path and an output transistor choice that is much smoother in the high gain settings than what is typically found in modern 1073-style replicas.

UK Blore Edwards Switch-Pots:
A great sounding 1073-style circuit should be just as reliable as it is great sounding. The complex dual concentric switch potentiometers in the EQ section of the WA73-EQ.

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Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Warm Audio WA73-EQ 1073 Style Preamp And EQ Specifications
  • EQ: Inductor based 3 band
    • Low Band Boost/Cut: 35, 60, 110, 220 Hz
    • Mid Band Boost/Cut: 360, 700, 1600, 3200, 4800, 7200 Hz
    • High Band Boost/Cut: 10, 12, 16 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/-.5 dB
  • Controls: TONE Button, Polarity Switch, 48v Phantom Power, Ground Lift Switch, Output Control
  • Hipass Filter: 4 Position Inductor Based (50, 80, 160, 300 Hz)
  • Connections:
    • XLR Mic Input
    • Line Level TRS Input
    • TS Send/Receive Insert Jacks
    • XLR & TRS Line Level Outputs
    • Direct In, Instrument Input

Customer Reviews

Review: Darren from MAV Submitted: 9/10/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Better than expected!
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Man when I tell you that I was blow away by this unit, I mean it. This is my first “big boy” preamp and it’s worth every penny so far. I tested it on multiple microphones and they all came out sounding golden.

Review: Jason Hibdon Submitted: 5/31/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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If You Want A Neve But Have No Money

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Lately I have become a pretty big fan of Warm Audio, and this WA73 is one of the reasons why. If you’re anything like me you love the Neve sound but don’t have that kind of money. While I can’t say this unit is a 100% representation of the real thing it’s pretty close. While there are quite a few good representations on the Neve 1073 out there (Bae, Vintech, Aurora Audio,and then Portico and Amek from Rupert himself) they are all on the higher budget range (even though much cheaper than a vintage model). Warm Audio has done a fantastic job of giving us a version that’s not only affordable to most amateurs and project studios but also in delivering a pre that is built very well and sturdy and it even looks like an old 1073. It is punchy in the low mid on bass and kick like we like it, phat in the mids for snare and guitars (yes I descibed mids as “phat”) and great highs for that air on vocals. The eq is pretty aggressive, like you would expect from a 1073. Overall, I great unit and you can’t beat it at the price. If you already own 1 or 2 Neve’s you may consider selling them when you see how many WA73’s you can buy to replace them...anyway. I highly recommend!!

Review: Damiane Crenshaw Submitted: 4/26/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Huge difference

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Upgraded from stock preamp to this beast and found i had to do less on the back end

Review: Shundreca Johnson Submitted: 2/19/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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I love it.

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Its the best thing that has happened to me.

Review: Jay Submitted: 1/15/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Mind Blowing Pre-amp!

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I'm beyond impressed with the performance of the Warm Audio 73'. I've had pre-amps in the past I used like Rolls and Art and this really transformed my mic. I have it matched with a Rode NTK Tube mic and all I can say is that it's like my mic was transformed. The 73' is extremely precise. The slightest adjustment changes the signal. That's the first thing I noticed with it. When you twist a knob or push in a button it gives an immediate difference to the sound output. Before purchasing this unit I searched and searched through videos and reviews of it but mostly all I found were people playing guitars and such but never a review just show casing the Pre-amp and what it can do to a signal input. It really does upgrade your sound to studio record ready level. If you have a decent mid range mic like I have it really does kick the sound quality up a notch. I am using this for singing and it sounds wonderful to hear every nuance in my vocals that would usually get pushed aside with lesser preamps.

Review: Atony Submitted: 1/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Shut up and take my money

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Best investment I’ve made in a long time. Will definitely look into other warm audio products

Review: Collin Submitted: 12/5/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Great sound!

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That's the neve sound!

Review: Ryan Submitted: 11/6/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Yep.

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Been tracking using the UAD 1073 emulation which sounds fantastic. As soon as I fired the WA73 up I felt a difference. The top end seems more 3D. The lows feel tighter. Mids are sweet. Highly recommend this pre if you’re looking for the 1073 vibe. Having that extra band at 16k is really nice too.

Review: Bakari I. Heru Submitted: 10/29/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Well worth the money

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Very authentic and expensive sound!

Review: Roscoe Gray Submitted: 10/9/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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clear warm and incredible!

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It’s sounds just as good as a BAE 1073. you can’t go wong.

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