BAE 1023L Mic Preamp and 3-Band EQ (500-Series Module)

BAE 1023L Mic Preamp and 3-Band EQ (500-Series Module)

BAE 1023L Mic Preamp and 3-Band EQ (500-Series Module)

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BAE 1023L Mic Preamp and 3-Band EQ (500-Series Module)

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  • Completely Hand-Wired 500-Series Module
  • Preamp and EQ
  • Carnhill (St. Ives) Transformers
  • High-Pass Filter & 3-Band EQ
  • EQ Switchable Between In & Out
  • Extended Frequencies over BAE 1073
  • Polarity Switch and 48V Phantom Power
  • Selectable Input Impedances
  • Line, Mic, and DI Inputs
  • Suitable for Vocals, Instruments & Mixes
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BAE 1023L overview

  • 1Description

Hand-wired with Carnhill (St. Ives) transformers, the BAE 1023L is a 500-series mic preamp and EQ. It offers the same mic, line, DI input/output section of the BAE 1073. However, it complements the preamp with an EQ sporting significantly more frequency positions than the aforementioned unit.

For instance, while the 1073 provides a healthy six choices of center frequencies for the mid-sweep, the 1023 allows you to center around 160, 270, 360, 510, and 700 Hz—as well as 1.6, 3.2, 4.8, 7.2, 8.2 and 10 kHz—for a total of 11 positions; this gives the unit more functionality and versatility in emphasizing or taming midrange elements. Similar range of motion is provided in the high shelf, where you’ll find five center frequencies (10, 12, 16, 20, 24 kHz) instead of one fixed position. The EQ knobs, with the exception of the high-pass filter, are all concentric, with the outer knob wheeling between frequencies, and the inner knob dictating the level of boost or attenuation. The 1023L’s center frequencies have been stepped in such a way that you can play the midrange in opposition to the high and low shelves at interacting points—a trick many engineers love to employ to boost the aspect of a signal without bringing up unnecessary mud or harshness.

Input and output controls are provided, and at the top left of the unit, you’ll find push-buttons which enable various features. For instance, here you can select between line input and DI output (unselected defaults to microphone input), choose to engage 48V phantom power, select between 300 or 1200 Ohms (the differing impedances, among other things, changing the sonic quality of the signal), flip the phase, and engage/bypass the EQ.

With all these settings, the unit can work equally well on miked vocals, drum kits, and stringed instruments, as well as DI’ed guitars, basses, or keyboards, which can be routed into the 1023L through a front-mounted 1/4" instrument input. Also, if you pick up two of these units and switch them into line mode, you can then run your mixes through them, gain-staging and EQ’ing your 2-buss with the classic sound of a certain famous 1970s-era British console. This is a trick many engineers like to employ to give their ITB sound a little more analog flavor all around.

Note: Please note, this is a 500-series module, so you will require a 500-series chassis (commonly referred to as a "lunchbox") to power and utilize the unit.

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BAE 1023L Mic Preamp and 3-Band EQ (500-Series Module)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty (Extendable to 5 Years with Registration)
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    BAE 1023L specs

    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 55 kHz at -3 dB
    Equalizer 3-Band
    LF: ±16 dB fixed-frequency shelving at 35, 60, 110, and 220 Hz
    HF: ±16 dB fixed-frequency shelving at 10, 12, 16, 20, 24 kHz
    MF: ±12, 18 dB, or 18-dB peaking with switchable, selectable center frequencies (160, 270, 360, 510, and 700 Hz; 1.6, 3.2, 4.8, 7.2, 8.2, and 10 kHz)

    High-Pass Filter
    18 dB per octave slope, switchable between 45, 70, 160 and 360 Hz
    Impedance Mic input: ≈1200/300 Ohms
    Line input: 10 kOhms
    DI input: ≈150 kOhms
    Output: 65 Ohms
    Common Mode Rejection Ratio 100 dB minimum at 60 Hz
    Maximum Output Level +27.4 dBu at 600 Ohms
    Power Requirements 115/230 VAC, 28 W
    Gain Range 0 to 80 dB
    Equivalent Input Noise -110 dBu; unweighted 300-kHz bandwidth
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.8 x 8.8 x 10.5" / 4.5 x 22.2 x 26.7 cm
    Weight 6.0 lb / 2.7 kg

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