Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKIII Plus (with Carnhill Transformers)

Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKIII Plus (with Carnhill Transformers)

Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKIII Plus (with Carnhill Transformers)

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Product Highlights

  • 80 dB of Gain
  • Tantalum Capacitors in Signal Path
  • Selectable HF AIR Boost at 30 kHz
  • Selectable 40 or 170 Hz HPF
  • Mic/Line Gain Switch Selection
  • Similar Circuit to Classic 1073
  • 4-Step LED Meter
  • Gain Settings Can be Used in Line Mode
  • Switchable Phantom Power
  • Durable Metal Construction
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Golden Age Project PRE73MK3PLUS overview

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The Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKIII Plus (with Carnhill Transformers) is a one-channel vintage-style microphone, line, and instrument preamplifier. The signal path uses only discrete components such as resistors, capacitors, and transistors. The input and output stages of the pre are transformer balanced with each transformer optimized for its purpose. The "Plus" version of the pre utilizes UK-made Carnhill input and output transformers.

The circuit in the unit is similar to the classic 1073 module with a corresponding sound character that is warm, punch, sweet, and musical. These characteristics have been heard on countless recordings through the years and are appropriate for a wide variety of sound sources and music genres.

  • Vintage Style electronics. No integrated circuits in the signal path
  • Maximum gain in MIC mode is 80 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
  • GAIN switch range 20 to 80 dB. GAIN/LINE mode switch, gain is reduced by 30 dB in LINE mode
  • Selectable two-position high-frequency AIR boost EQ, 3 or 6 dB at 30 kHz
  • Selectable 6 dB/octave two-frequency high-pass filter at around 40 (HP1) and 170 Hz (HP2)
  • Tantalum capacitors in the signal path
  • Switchable impedance in MIC mode, 1200 or 300 ohms, will change the tone of most mics. The input impedance in LINE mode is 10 kOhms
  • 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 jack and separate output XLR and TRS jacks for flexible connections
  • Insert jack for inserting EQs and other units
  • Selectable 600 ohm output termination
  • External power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
  • In the Box
    Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKIII Plus (with Carnhill Transformers)
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Golden Age Project PRE73MK3PLUS specs

    I/O 1x XLR/TRS combo input jack
    1x XLR output
    1x TRS output
    Gain 80 dB
    Gain Range 20 to 80 dB
    Boost Frequency 3 or 6 dB at 30 kHz
    HPF Selectable 6 dB/octave high pass filter at around 40 (HP1) and 170 Hz (HP2)
    Input Impedance Mic: Switchable 1200 or 300 ohms in mic mode
    Line: 10 kOhms
    Output Impedance Selectable 600 ohm output termination
    LED 4-step meter
    Dimensions Not specified by the manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 13.0 x 3.7"

    Golden Age Project PRE73MK3PLUS reviews

    PRE-73 MKIII Plus (with Carnhill Transformers) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing After aquiring Myrtle from Ear Trumpet Labs, I wanted a little boost in a studio setting. Enter the PRE-73 MKIII plus. I recorded using just the mic through several different sources, including straight through the board, using a TubePre clean and dirty, and with the several settings allowed by the Pre-73. Using male voice and acoustic guitar, the difference was anything from subtle to strong with the PRE-73 and no discernable noise. The addition of the Carnhill Xducers bring it closer to the NEVE sound than the price suggests.
    Date published: 2015-11-05
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