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BAE 1073MPL 500 Series Mic Preamp
The BAE 1073MPL is a 500 Series version of the 1073MP (a mic preamp version of the 1073 equalizer), having the same well-known characteristic Class A sound with its harmonically rich low end, slight resonant highs, and maintained focused mids.
Two selectable impedances makes the 1073MPL work well with a variety of microphones.
As a colorful and versatile mic pre, the 1073MPL maintains its sonic signature across a wide bandwidth.
- All Class A, transformer-coupled design in a 500 series module
- The same Class A components as the 1073 and 1084
- Illuminated phase reverse and phantom power push-buttons
- Input impedance selector switch between 1200 and 300 ohms
- Line level capability for extra versatility as a line preamp
- High impedance DI for guitar and synth
- Same Carnhill St Ives transformers as the 1073 and 1084
- Same modular design and hand-wiring BAE is known for
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Module Type||500 Series|
|Module Slot Count||1 Slot|
I tested all the 1073 style pres available this one was the clear winner for my purposes. Far better than the current Neve 1073. It brings clarity warmth and punch to analog synthesizers, making them sound much better (in that subtle nuanced way you want, not like an effect, just better, stronger, more professional, etc.) and does the same for my vocals (WA-47 mic). Ultimately I wanted two, and I mildly regret not just getting the dual channel with EQ on the first go.
Regarding synths, this elevates the sound of cheaper synths like the sh01a to a more pro output sound, and also shapes and improves more expensive synths like the prophet 08, korg poly six, moog sub37, Roland jx3p, and many more. In short it’s pretty much a wonder tool I couldn’t do without.
I have it paired with the antelope pure2 interface.
If I had to describe its sound I’d say it tightens the bass low end, emphasizing the audible bass a bit, adds definition to the mids ,and softens harsh highs a smidge (does more of that the more you push the input ). It’s a good pre for people who like warm classic sounds, while maintaining and enhancing all original detail.
In short I love it, and think everyone should have one.
Thanks Alex for the good service!
If your looking for that classic big fat warm fuzzy sound, this is it! Sounds great on anything you put it on, especially things like drums and vocals. Use a pair of them on your whole mix master buss for some added saturation/harmonics can really help bring a digital mix to life. Impeccably built with high quality pots and push buttons, I wish I had a rack full of them!
Honestly this has been one of the pieces of gear that has detailed my sound in my home studio. So creamy and full of life. I’ve ran it through vocals, guitars, requintos, vihuela, and amps. Excellent!!
Love them. My new go to pres.
This pre is the perfect companion for my Manley reference C,IMHO, the combination of the two is the closest you're ever gonna get to the sound of that good old Sony 800G without shelling out 10 grand. Add a couple of dbs of 15k and voila.
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