The Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKII is a vintage-style, solid-state preamplifier that uses only discrete components and provides a variety of input and output options. The unit has a warm and punchy sound, and has similar circuitry to the classic 1073 module.
The PRE-73 MKII has a transformer-balanced mic input that can be switched between impedances of 1200 and 300Ω, resulting in a different sound at each setting on most mics. The rear panel has two combo XLR/1/4-inch jacks: one for mic-level sources and one for line-level sources. You can even plug-in mic and line sources simultaneously. A 1/4-inch instrument input is located on the front panel.
The unit also offers selectable output termination (requires removing a jumper), separate 1/4-inch TRS and XLR output jacks, absolute phase and phantom power switches, and input and output volume knobs.
- Vintage-style electronics. No integrated circuits in the signal path
- Maximum gain on the mic input is 80 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
- Gain range on the line input: -20 to + 10 dB
- Switchable impedance on the mic input, 1200 or 300Ω, will change the tone of most mics
- Switchable phantom power and absolute phase.
- A high-impedance instrument input for any sound module, electric guitar, or bass
- A simple but effective 4-step LED output level meter
- The output level control makes it possible to make fine gain adjustments and also to overload the main gain stage(s) for more character, and then lower the signal to a suitable level before the output stage
- Combo XLR/TRS input jacks and separate XLR and TRS output jacks provide flexible connection options
- Insert jack for inserting EQ´s and other units
- Selectable 600Ω output termination
- High-power external power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
- A solid build quality that will last many years of normal use