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The BAE 1073 is the most authentic recreation of the legendary Neve 1073 ever created. This hand-wired rack mountable preamp and EQ module looks, feels and sounds exactly like the original, and can even be seamlessly retrofitted into vintage Neve 80 Series consoles. With classic Carnhill transformers, Elma switches and Canford wire, the BAE 1073 is identical to the Neve 1073 down to the very last component.
The BAE 1073 is engineered in exactly the same way as the original Neve 1073. It uses the same rugged chassis construction, durable connectors, precision-printed circuit board layouts, hand-wired looms and signature circuit designs. Even the silky-smooth Elma rotary switches and classic blue, grey and red knobs are the same. Hand-wired with high-performance Canford wire, the BAE 1073 is designed to last.
The BAE 1073 features the familiar controls you know and love. Five large high-quality knobs are used to control gain and frequency selection. On the left, the blue knob controls the high pass filter, which has a fixed slope at 18 dB per octave and is switchable between 50 Hz, 80 Hz, 160 Hz and 300 Hz.
The three grey knobs control the gain of the low shelf, mid band and high shelf, while the exterior white rings are used to select the frequency of each band. The low shelf offers up to 16 dB of shelving with selectable frequencies of 35 Hz, 60 Hz, 110 Hz and 220 Hz.
The mid band can be used to add or cut up to 18 dB of gain with a fixed Q And selectable frequencies at 360 Hz, 700 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 3.2 kHz, 4.8 kHz and 7.2 kHz. Finally, the high band offers up to 16 dB of shelving fixed at 12 kHz.
Four push-buttons provide added functionality for a wide range of studio applications. The DI button engages the high-impedance line level input for recording direct instrument signals. The EQ button bypasses the unit, enabling you to quickly A/B EQ settings. The 48 V button provides phantom power for condenser microphones. The phase reversal button inverts the phase of a signal—perfect for recording snare bottom mics! Finally, a toggle switch on the right lets you choose between 1200 or 300 ohm microphone impedance for capturing pristine sound with any microphone.
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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.
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