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Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Plus

Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Plus

1 Channel Microphone Preamplifier

  • No integrated circuits in way of signal
  • Carnhill input and output transformers
  • Max. 80 dB mic gain
  • High pass filter
  • -3 dB at 40 and 170 Hz
  • 6 dB / Octave
  • 2-Position Air EQ with +3 or +6 dB boost at approx. 30 kHz
  • Switchable impedance 1200 Ohm or 300 Ohm
  • +48 V Phantom power
  • Tantalum capacitors in the signal path
  • 4-Step LED meter
  • Combo input XLR/jack 6.3 mm
  • Hi-Z instrument input 6.3 mm jack for guitar/bass
  • Line output XLR/jack 6.3 mm
  • Build: 9.5" / 1 RU
  • External mains adapter included

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Mr. No noisy Punch Punch is here! (Neve 1073)

01.08.2016

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After three months of massive use, i can say how the things go:

With the voice:
I used it with a Neumann tlm103 and the sound is very clear and bright but very well balanced, without losting any bass feature that your voice eventually has. It gives you that kind of Punch that only capacitors amplification can give, because is extremely faster than a tube one in terms of envelope response. The built-in equalization switches are very handleable and useful in that the "air" boost is a shelf with a gentle slope that starts at about 30Khz and you can choose between +3 or +6 dbs. I always keep it on 6 because the boost itself is not aggressive but the sound becomes very interesting and "fresh".
I often turn that on 3 when the sound becomes too sibilant (so the "s" peaks becomes too uncomfortable), however is a rare case.

With guitar and bass is behaves very well in that it won't change your original sound very much in terms of spectrum (but you can do it too) but the change comes in the envelope, mainly in the attack (it returns the punch feature i said above).

The HP is a gentle filter switchable at 40 or 170 hz. and is very useful to avoid hum or other external sounds.

When you switch to "line" mode it automatically inserts a -30db pad to easily handle the signal that is coming in.
The impedance switch goes at 1200 or 300 Ohms, you want to change it according to your mic impedance, the general rule is "four times the source impedance", for instance: the tlm103 is 50 Ohms so you want your pre has a input impedance of at least 200. Here you go.
If you use the wrong impedance the sound will lost low-end and very much gain.

When you switch to "DI" and use the front input the rear ones are automatically defeated.

Let's talk about saturation:
Since it works with capacitors that have an extremely fast conductivity feature your sound will be very linear at low gain and high output (fully clockwise). I advise this preset when you simply want so be sure of a safe amplification without DC offset problems at all (it is always without so though).
If you want to start add more character set the gain to 50-60 and the output half-clockwise. It'll sound very good with any kind of sound.
If you are a guitarist you may want to experiment some more extreme preset so you can try to clockwise the gain almost to the maximum, say 70-75. and the output almost full c.c.w.; at this point the capacitors saturation is very evident, the sound maintains the starting punch that i mentioned but tends to be "compressed", even if this is normal. Apart the preset you use, you'll have a sound that is almost or completely ready to be mixed or processed with some digital stuff or other racks if you have them.

The unit is very solid. Entirely in metal, it doesn't evidently warm up even after several hours of use.
The gain knob is a 11 points switch in that this unit is a real clone of the Neve 1073! I blind tested myself and the sound is perceptively the same. The output one is continuos (with start and end points) instead.
However if you want the real clone take this plus version in that i don't think the normal one has the same "1073 like" sound. About that: since the unit is pre-modified and opened before it's sent, you may find some shape imperfection on the upper metal covering. Mine is kinda bended of about half millimeter towards up, it is a tiny detail so not a big deal, i think it was important to point this to reassure you that if you find that in your unit too is normal since my unit works perfectly.

On the rear there is an insert output in case you want to process the signal between the pre and the final output. You have two balanced output (XLR and TRS), the output impedance is 600 Ohms. That's why behind the XLR output is there a jumper, if you are feeding with a machine with a 600 Ohms input or if you want even more energy on the upper range, remove this jumper.
If the fuse inside the unit blows, you can easily change it.

The output leds are very useful since they light up dynamically.

I think That's all. This unit is not noisy at all. The noise jumps between -120 and -70dbfs.
I love this unit, the concept of cloning (with achieved aim) a vintage machine.
The price is convenient since for his sound it'd be worth the double of the price you actually take it.

Absolutely sweet sounding

23.10.2016

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Drives ribbons and SM7B with ease. Amazing on voice, but also very nice on bass. Really, really good pre. My favourite in the line of Motu 828 onboard, RME Octamic II, Focusrite ISA, VTB-1 and WA-TB12 solid states. Has rich transformer harmonics in the mids, cuts through the mix even without EQ. Excellent build quality. Highly recommended.
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