The UK Sound marque from BAE Audio, has announced a mic pre/EQ channel strip and three new microphone preamplifiers modelled on the classic Neve 1073 preamplifier used on many classic recordings of the 1970s.

BAE Audio 1073 Mic Pre/EQ, 73MP, 73MP EQThe 1U-high rackmount 1073 Mic Pre/EQ, 73MP Single Channel and 73MP Dual Channel versions, as well as the compact 73MPL 500 Series Mic Pre units, emulate classic sounds from the original circuitry of the 1073.

The 73MP Single Channel, Dual Channel and the 73MPL 500 series each contain the mic preamp version of the 1073 EQ, along with its harmonically rich low end, slightly resonant highs, and maintained focused mids. Each unit also features OEP Carnhill transformer coupled inputs and two selectable impedances. A line level input can be used to to addi depth to 2-bus mixes, and a DI input may also be used to add character to both active and passive instruments.

The 1073 Mic Pre/EQ is the economically-priced UK Sound version of the famous 1073 Mic Pre EQ, designed to bring authentic sound character to any input source with powerful tonal shaping options. The faceplate features the same footprint as the original, while the internal circuitry is laid out on a printed circuit board used to minimise cost. High-quality components such as OEP/Carnhill transformers and Elma switches are used and every unit is hand built in Southern California.

‘With the launch of our 73 line of preamps and our new 1073 Mic Pre/EQ, UK Sound is fulfilling its mission of bringing extremely high quality audio to a much broader audience of recording and performing musicians,’ says BAE Audio President, Mark Loughman. ‘Now, home studios and project studio owners can access an entire ecosystem of products that actually deliver authentic sonic character at an affordable price.

73MP/73MPL key specs:

  • Frequency Response: 6Hz to -3dB at 75kHz, flat within 0.5dB between 20Hz and 20kHz.
  • Mic Input Impedance: ≈600/150Ω.
  • Line Input Impedance: 10kΩ.
  • DI Input Impedance: ≈150kΩ.
  • Output Impedance: 65Ω.
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio: 100dB min @ 60Hz.
  • Maximum Output Level: +27.4dBu @ 600Ω.
  • Power Requirements: 115/230V AC, 30W.
  • Gain: 0-71dB.
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -110dBu; Unweighted 300kHz bandwidth.

Equalizer key specs:

  • HF: ±16dB fixed frequency shelving at 12kHz
  • LF: ±16dB shelving with selectable frequencies of 35Hz, 60Hz, 110Hz & 220Hz
  • MF: ±18dB peaking, fixed ‘Q’ with, selectable centre frequencies of 0.36kHz, 0.7kHz, 1.6kHz, 3.2kHz, 4.8kHz & 7.2kHz


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