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Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp

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The PRE-73 is the first one-channel low-cost preamp on the market that is using a fully discrete signal path with three separate transformers for the...Click To Read More About This Product

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A low-cost, one-channel preamp with classic sound that is warm, sweet, and punchy.

The PRE-73 is the first one-channel low-cost preamp on the market that is using a fully discrete signal path with three separate transformers for the balanced mic input, the line input and the output. The PRE-73 is perfect for almost any signal source, no matter if it's a microphone with a high or low sensitivity (like a passive ribbon mic), a synthesizer or sound module or an electric guitar or bass.

The circuit is very similar to the classical preamp section of the Neve 1073 pre/EQ module with a corresponding sound character that is warm, punchy, sweet and musical. This classical sound has 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 PRE-73 has a maximum gain of 80 dB on the mic input and the gain range on the Line input is -20 to + 10dB. There is also a high-impedance instrument input. The input impedance of the microphone input can be switched between 300 and 1200 ohms, which makes it possible to affect the tone of most microphones. There is also phase switch and a simple 4-step LED signal level meter. The output level control makes it possible to make fine gain adjustments and also to overload the main gain stage for more character and then lower the signal to a suitable level before the output stage.

Classic warm, punch, sweet sound
1-channel mic preamp
Discreet signal path
3 separate transformers
Phase switch
4-step LED signal level meter
Maximum gain of 80dB
Gain range on the Line input is -20 to + 10dB

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NOT A NEVE BUT very usable

By Googlespaceman

from Medford, OR

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I used to own a recording studio and due to the recession had to sell everything 2 years ago. Used to have pre's from Trident, OSA, AVALON, TL AUDIO and API. This would have been nice to have back then for something different. I'm slowly aquiring gear again and setting up a personal studio now. I recorded into ProTools LE male Vocals using a CAD E200, mic Into my Digi003 and did an A-B comparison the results between the Pre 73 and the stock pre on the digi003 I also used an AT3031 on my Gibson J45 and the difference in the tracks is amazing! the stock 003 pre's are a pretty plain sounding, The pre 73 has a lot of character that gives the guitar and the vocals a great quality. This is a great pre! Don't let the price fool you. Get 2 and rack them they will be useful for a lot of things in your studio.

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another thrown together cheapie toy

By Mr. Wonderful Audio MAGICIAN.

from cocksasckie ,ny

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these dont sound like my high end pre amps at all.get what you pay for... the power supplies didnt come with them first order and they came with paint chipped too off easy.they try to sound like tubes but theres none in there.probably good with budget people who use sm58-s but a high end mic might not like it.


This Should Be Kept a Secret...

By djp420

from New York, NY

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...why? Because the GA Project 73 mic pre is simply awesome. Great sound at a great price. I've recorded female vocals, a grand piano, electric guitars and went out from a Roland V6 electric drum kit and whoa! is the sound great.


Best Bang for your Buck

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Having actually a chance to use real Neve 1073's I can say these things really do have a lot of similarities with their huge sound. I also have used and owned te Chameleon Labs 7602's and I really like the flavor i get with the GAP73 better then the CL. Basically.. regardless of its cheap price, it sounds like a high end unit. I own 2 and use it with my API and Daking pres everyday!


Finally a tranny box thats cheap!!

By Steven Keys

from Louisiana

This mic amp uses both input and output Transformers, which is very rare, or more likely unheard of in this price range. While this preamp may not sound just like a Neve, its in the ballpark quality of sound wise. It really brings a track forward in the mix, and has a very distinct tone. It sounds rather slow, but I happen to like that property, because it will cover imperfections while tracking vocals. I am hoping this product will inspire other manufacturers to start developing more clones of quality sounding gear at these types of prices. How about a $300.00 API clone anyone? The quality of constuction on the switches may not hold up on the unit, but for the price of a real Neve, you could buy 8-10 of this and not worry about it. I am sold on this one!!


Golden Ageless


from San Diego

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I received my Pre 73 after a few weeks of backorder and haven't stopped playing with, through it since. This is my first foray into the pre world, but after a decent amount of research, this was the winner. I am more that pleased and could see picking up another down the road.

It really makes tracks stand out and offers a very pleasing character to everything I've run through it. Not much to say that hasn't been said before. This isn't high-tech, but it's simplistic, old school virtues have made it one of my favorite pieces of gear by far. You'd be a sucker to buy anything else in this price range.My only suggestion is to GA would be the addition of a safety clip to the back of the unit for the power supply.


Amazing Unique Sound!

By Bucks Bunny

from Las Vegas, NV

I have recently purchased a fully modified Pre-73 from another dealer. It included modifications like Tantalum / Transistor upgrade, all capacitors replaced with original Neve value tantalum style, output transistor is replaced with new old stock Motorola 2N 3055 used in the original 1073 and re-biased, added Carnhill mic input and line output transformers, closest to original values and sound. What an amazing sound!!! Along with my Avantone C-12 mic this preamp makes my vocals sound "commercial". I understand that my unit was heavily modified but even if it wasn't it would still sound much like the original 1073. At this price you'd be a fool not to get one! Having something so unique is worth getting.



By Jimsi777

from Miami Florida

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I bought this thinking it would be a quick ebay sell after testing and playing with it a while, but it is so clear/clean 3d sounding and a little gritty using a condensor mic, using a dynamic mics cant drive the output tranny as good. Buy it, youll be surprised.


Great Quality on a Budget

By Josh Z

from Delaware

not much to say here. If you're looking for something neutral sounding then look elsewhere. If you want something ala Eagles, America, James Taylor, Bread sounding, this is it. I know I left a a lot of other bands from this era but my point is simply WARM, WARM, WARM and punchy. A very nice sounding unit for the price.

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