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Golden Age Project Vintage-Style Microphone Preamp for 500 Series Rack Format

B&H # GOPRE573 MFR # PRE573
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The Golden Age Project Vintage-Style Preamp for 500 Series Rack Format is a one-channel vintage-style microphone, line, and instrument preamplifier. The signal path uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors, and transistors. The microphone, line input, and line output are transformer balanced, using 2 different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. This is the way audio components were built before integrated circuits became available.

The circuit used in the PRE-573 Preamplifier is similar to the preamp section in the classic 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.

Vintage style electronics, no integrated circuits in the signal path
Output is transformer balanced and fully floating, and can drive a 600Ω load up to a level of about 28 dBu
Maximum gain on the microphone input is 80 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon microphones with quiet sound sources
Total gain range goes from -15 to +80 dB
10 to 70 dB range is handled by a turn switch and a toggle switch selects an additional 5 or 10 dB gain
Switchable impedance on the microphone input (300 or 1200Ω) will change the tone of many microphones
Input can be configured to accept line-level signals by another switch; the level is then lowered by about 25 dB and the input impedance increased to about 15kΩ
Switchable phantom power with an LED indicator
A flexible front-panel instrument input for any sound module, electric guitar, or bass that can be selected between a high-impedance Active or a mid-Z Passive mode. These two DI options make it possible to get different tones from electric instruments. The Passive DI input mode is usually more suited for injecting active units like sound modules
Output level control makes it possible to make fine gain adjustments and also to overload the main gain stages for more character and then lower the signal to a suitable level before the output stage
Insert jack for inserting Golden Age Project 500 Series effect units
Insert can be activated by removing a jumper at the back of the module
Phase switch
Selectable AIR equalizer adds a small boost above 10 kHz
Simple but effective signal and overload indicator is offered by a single LED that starts glowing red at about 4 dBu and then increases its intensity up to the maximum output level
Tantalum capacitors in the signal path
Selectable 600Ω output termination at the back of the module
Circuit board star grounding scheme
Solid build quality that will last many years of normal use
Gain Range -15 to +80 dB
Load 600 Ω
Impedance Switchable: 300 or 1200 Ω
Equalizer Adds a small boost above 10 kHz
Golden Age Project Vintage-Style Microphone Preamp for 500 Series Rack Format
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