Golden Age Premier PRE-73

1-Channel Microphone Line and Instrument Preamp

  • Discretely constructed
  • Carnhill input and line output transformers
  • Max. gain: 80 dB
  • Rasterized Gain control with 23 positions in 5 dB steps - Gain range 20 to 80 dB for microphone
  • Switchable impedance in microphone mode: 1200 or 300 Ωs
  • Hi-Pass filter: 80 Hz and 200 Hz adjustable
  • Switchable Air EQ boost function (3 or 6 dB at 30 kHz)
  • Switchable 48V phantom power
  • Phase reverse switch
  • Microphone/Line combo input XLR/1/4"jack balanced
  • Instrument input 6.3 mm jack
  • Line output XLR and 1/4"jack balanced
  • Design: Desktop
  • Format: 9.5" / 1 RU
  • External power adapter included

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Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes

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Expensive Vintage sound quality at a budget price!

Paul P. 657, 01.08.2018
I bought this to record vocals and instruments in my home studio, specifically for use with my Warm Audio WA-47jr microphone.

I wanted to try and capture some of the more vintage sound quality you get from the Neve pre amps and Neumann/Telefunken microphones, but without busting my bank account. I have the Golden Age Project Pre 73 MIII already and was very excited to read that they had now had the Neve-inspired GAP Premium Pre-73.

On receiving the product, it comes in a very nice box with the usual GAP literature in the form of a nicely printed A4 card. Instructions for the full manual can be downloaded form the GAP website.

Installation and plug in is very straight forward. It sits very nicely on my desk.
In operation there is very little in the way of signal noise. I have used it for female vocals and it handles beautifully. The sound is smooth and certainly have that vintage colour you'd expect from a signal path that uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors.

It sounds great: far, far better than anyone would expect of devices in this price range.

For thoseof you who want to venture into the use of vintage outboard equipment with out a huge budget I would highly recommend this product.

At a good 100 Euros less than the Warm Audio WA-73 or Heritage 73 preamps this is a dam good contender!
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