BAE 1073 1U with PSU - Pair

Pair of 19" 1u mic pre/EQs with power supply
BAE 1073 1U with PSU - Pair
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The BAE 1073 preamp yields a really fat sound.  It seems to add subharmonics to the low end which makes the bottom end sound huge. It smoothes the top end, giving the highs a silky sheen.  The BAE 1073 slightly compresses transients, as well. It is a smooth, fat, larger than life sound. An added bonus is to use the front-panel DI inputs to fatten samples and synths and instruments.  Balanced line-level inputs on the rear allow for fattening and punching up entire mixes, or in a signal chain with other +4 gear.

The B.A.E. 1073 equalizer is very broad-banded and musical. It has a hi-pass filter with four frequencies- 50 Hz, 80 Hz, 160 Hz and 300 Hz. The low frequency band is shelving and has four frequencies - 35 Hz, 60 Hz, 110 Hz and 220 Hz.  The low end of this equalizer is so tight that you can boost 220 Hz and not muddy up the sound. The mid band has six frequencies - 360 Hz, 720 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 3.2 kHz, 4.8 kHz and 7.2 kHz.  The bandwidth is broad so you can boost or cut a lot without making things sound processed or unnatural. The hi band is shelving and is fixed at 12 kHz.  It is smooth and silky and a little goes a long way.


  • Made from an authentic reproduction of a Neve™* 1073 module
  • Hi-Z direct inputs on the front panel
  • 48v phantom power on the front panel
  • Balanced mic input, line input and balanced +4 output from XLR connectors on the rear of the module
  • One-year warranty
  • Output level control functions as fader when going straight to tape
  • Modules are mounted horizontally and take up only one rack unit each
  • Oversize power supply provides four times the current needed for optimum sound quality
  • 10 day satisfaction guarantee



Additional Information

Condition New
Channels Dual-Channel
Chassis 19-in Rackmount
Module Slot Count No
Rack Spaces 2u
Direct Input Yes
Digital I/O No

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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