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Golden Age PreQ-73 | Single Channel 1073 Style Mic Pre/EQ/DI
Golden Age PreQ-73 | Single Channel 1073 Style Mic Pre/EQ/DI

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Golden Age PreQ-73 - Single Channel 1073 Style Mic Pre/EQ/DI

  • Vintage style electronics w/ no integrated circuits in signal path
  • Maximum gain on the mic input is 80 dB
  • Gain range on the line input: -20 to +10 dB
  • Switchable impedance on the mic input, 1200 or 300 Ohm, will change the tone of many mics
  • Switchable phantom power and phase reverse
  • High-impedance instrument input for sound modules, electric guitar or bass
  • 2-Band LF (+/-15 dB) and HF (+/-20 dB) shelving equalizer
  • 3 Step LED output level meter
  • Combo XLR/TRS input/outputs
  • Insert jack (unbalanced, low level) for inserting effect units in the signal path. It can be located before or after the eq section.
  • Tantalum capacitors in the signal path.
  • Circuit board is prepared for the Carnhill mic and line input transformers.
  • Jumper selectable 600 Ohms output termination.
  • External high power PSU to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
  • Solid build quality

The PREQ-73 is a one-channel vintage style microphone-, line- and instrument preamplifier with a two band shelving equalizer offering a smooth and effective sound shaping.

The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors. The line and microphone input and the line output are transformer balanced, using three different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. The fully floating output can drive a level of at least +26 dBu into a load as low as 600 Ohms.

This is the way audio components were built before integrated circuits became available. The subjective sound quality delivered by vintage equipment is often prefered over the one delivered by modern units, a situation that is even more obvious now when music is recorded with clean sounding digital audio equipment.

The circuit used in the PREQ-73 is similar to the preamp and part of the equalizer 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 surprisingly low cost, making it available to nearly everyone.

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