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BAE 1073 Mic/Line Preamp/EQ Pair with PSU

Single-channel 19-inch rack-mount 1073-style mic/line preamp/EQ with hand-wired all-Class A circuitry and 80 dB gain - pair with PSU

Product Description

The BAE 1073 Mic/Line Preamp/EQ is as authentic as you can get to the original, featuring the same St. Ives (Carnhill) transformers as the vintage modules, Elma switches and Canford wire.

The BAE 1073 is engineered in exactly the same way as the originals: the same chassis construction, connectors, printed circuit board layouts, hand-wired looms, and circuitry.


  • All Class A, hand-wired transformer-coupled
  • 80 dB of gain
  • St. Ives (Carnhill) transformers, Elma switches and Canford wire
  • Hi-Z direct inputs on the front panel
  • 48 V phantom power on the front panel
  • Balanced mic input, line input and balanced +4 output from XLR connectors on the rear of the module
  • Output level control functions as fader when going straight to tape
  • Oversize power supply provides four times the current needed for optimum sound quality


  • High Frequency: ±16 dB fixed frequency shelving at 12 kHz
  • Low Frequency: ±16 dB shelving with selectable frequencies of 35 Hz, 60 Hz, 110 Hz & 220 Hz
  • Mid Range: ±18 dB peaking, fixed 'Q' with, selectable centre frequencies of 0.36 kHz, 0.7 kHz, 1.6 kHz, 3.2 kHz, 4.8 kHz & 7.2 kHz
  • High Pass Filter: 18 dB per octave slope, switchable between 50 Hz, 80 Hz, 160 Hz & 300 Hz

Product Specifications

Condition New
Tube or Solid State Solid State
Channels Dual-Channel
Chassis 19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces 2U
Direct Input Yes
Digital I/O No

Product Reviews

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Very solidly built. Preamp, DI, and line inputs so can use many ways. Powerful EQ. Preamp sounds one would expect, with capacity to be quite colorful if desired. Expensive, but very high quality.

By WILLIAM D on May 25, 2023

I’ve recorded over 15,000 songs
14 number ones
I’ve won an Emmy
Triple platinum
over 2 billion streams
and 500 million YouTube views

I have 25 Preamps and 14 of them are
BAE 1073 2 Neve 9 Vintech
They all got Mojo

By Direct I on March 16, 2022

I've cycled through many of the usual suspects on mic pres, and while there are many good low cost quality mic pres on the market, there is only one 1073. Whatever you record through a 1073 sounds better. Anything. It's the gold standard for a reason. If you want to make music that sounds like the best of what you have in your music library, this gets you there....and back! The EQ section is an added bonus that will flip your wig. It can dial in an acoustic instrument like a radar honing device. Build quality is exceptional, and it takes 30 seconds of listening to one to realize, wow, this is the best of the best. It's worth every penny. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

By Karl V on June 10, 2021

For years Ive been wanting to add that Neve Sound to my studio but never could pull the trigger on the real deal. I also wanted something that could come with me if I need to do a vocal or guitar overdub at a location other than my studio. Once I heard BAE was releasing this 1073 I was very intrigued. I did a little research and heard that it sounds so close or even better in some people's opinions than the real deal. The first session I did with the BAE was a huge success, I had to do some vocal overdubs, electric bass and acoustic guitars. It had a mixed sound without having to do anything, the preamp was smooth and warm. Very clean on the lower input levels, but added some pleasing harmonic distortion when I drived it a touch. Even turning the EQ on without any boosts or cuts adds a little vibe, but I ended up adding a little 220 Hz and 12kHz shelf to the vocal. I used the DI for the electric bass, without any EQ it had a huge round sound, much better than the previous DI I was using. On the acoustic guitar, I hit the preamp a little harder to make it break up a bit, then used the output to send the proper level into my DAW. I dont think anything would sound bad through this preamp and EQ.

By Robert L. on November 7, 2017

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