Learn More
Fall into savings! Fresh deals added daily. Shop Now.
$ 1,479 .00
or $42/month for 36 months 0% interest for 36 months. 36 equal monthly payments required. Learn more
Ships directly from Earthworks
Note: This item may not be returnable or could require a restocking fee. Contact one of our Audio Consultants for more details.
This item ships directly to you from the manufacturer. To ensure that the manufacturer currently has stock, please chat, call or email for the latest availability status.

SKU

5825

Earthworks 1021 Single Channel Microphone Preamp

Single channel ultra clean preamp with zero distortion technology
MFR# 1021-ZDT

Product Description

The Earthworks 1021 belongs to the ZDT series.  The ZDT preamplifier series is based on all new discrete circuitry designed by David Blackmer, establishing a new standard of sonic excellence in electronics.  This exacting new standard provides frequency response from 1Hz to 200kHz +0.5dB, an incredible rise time of 0.27 microseconds and distortion of less than 1 part per million (0.0001%) - eliminating all possibility of sonic degradation.  These preamps are so fast, so clean and so transparent that you don't even know they are there.  It is like plugging your microphone into a "piece of wire with gain."  You will hear clarity and detail with the ZDT preamps that is not available in any other preamp at any price.  Check one out for your studio or other applications that demand the highest quality electronics.

Features:

  • Zero distortion - less than one part per million
  • Lowest noise of any preamp on the market
  • Full differential (balanced) from XLR in to XLR out – no internal conversion to single-ended
  • All discrete components; Class A Amplification (no ICs in the signal path)
  • No electrolytic capacitors in the signal path
  • Greater transparency with minimum signal path and minimum features
  • High output level +33dBu
  • Very low output impedance will drive long lines without interference or signal loss
  • True 48 volt phantom, polarity reverse & clip indicator
  • Separate XLR & 1/4” phone (t-r-s) outputs, each with its own gain/level controls
  • 1/4” phone connector output will drive balanced or unbalanced 

Product Specifications

Condition New
Tube or Solid State Solid State
Channels Single-Channel
Chassis Desktop
Direct Input No
Digital I/O No

Product Reviews

5 out of 5 stars.
Review Count (1)

write a review

Regardless of your preferences for what makes a mic sound "good" and "right" to you, it's also very satisfying to know how much of that is actually the mic itself, and how much of it is everything else in your chosen chain. The Earthworks 1021 will make a better producer out of you by giving you a baseline reference point for each microphone from which you can add whatever flavor or color works in the context of what you're producing; which may, in fact, be no flavor at all. This is a new option you never had before.

It will always be impossible to know what the sound of "zero color" is in a preamp, but if you know anything about Earthworks, you know that absolute accuracy has been the focus of their products, and their business, from the beginning. This preamp appears to be the culmination of their experience brought together in one of the more crucial pieces of any high-end audio chain. The control set is stripped to the bare minimum, another indication that Earthworks is serious about their “wire with gain” focus.

I know, clarity and transparency are often perceived by jaded ears as "sterile", "boring", and "lifeless". I won't get into that debate, but I can't imagine that anyone would refer to the sound emanating from this preamp with those words. To my ears, it sounds positively alive. The sound jumps out of the speakers at you, instead of oozing out with the sticky goodness of distorted color.

My only complaint is a personal quibble: I would have preferred the the 1021 come in a standard rack mount format. Let's just say I'm invested in that form-factor, as I'm sure many others are. Alas, the 1021 comes only as a desktop piece.It also seems to me that, after using a preamp that had built-in headphone monitoring, it would be a real bonus for preamps at this price point to include that feature. On the plus side, it is a solidly built unit, and every switch and knob have the feel of something that will still be around after the universe ends.

In this age of digital modelling in post, it occurs to me that the most coveted "character" would be no character; just accurate and transparent sound. This is now a viable option in the Earthworks 1021.

By VooDooDoll on May 23, 2019

* Required Fields

Share Your Opinion

The best gear advice always comes from those who use it the most. That's where you come in! Let the pro audio world hear your voice with a review of the Earthworks 1021 Single Channel Microphone Preamp. Once you submit your review, please check your email and verify your address to have it posted.

How do you rate this product?
I would like to thank VK for the wonderful sales assistance, service and prices. This was my first purchase with you and it won't be my last. I only wish I'd discovered you years ago!
Matthew R.
I had two Grammy wins this year - Ray LaMontagne & Carolina Chocolate Drops. Both made with help from Vintage King!
Ryan F.
In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
Martin C.
This was my first experience buying something from Vintage King (although I surf the "used" categories on the website frequently!), and, despite being on the other side of the world, I had absolutely no trouble and everything went very smoothly.
Phil T.
The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
James P.
Thank you so much! Vintage King has been so fair and easy to work with. I can't thank you enough. It feels good to trust such a hefty purchase to folks who are so helpful and knowledgeable. Vintage King is a sound designers dream store.
Noa L.
You guys have excellent customer service and I am excited about the next upgrade I complete on my fifth recording facility. I've been in the studio business for forty plus years. The salesman I worked with at Vintage King was the best of the best. You all rock!
Robby T.
I would recommend Vintage King to any one looking for top-class gear, unbeatable customer service and the best prices on the map!
Jake D.
My experience with Vintage King was excellent. The order was here fast considering it was out of stock. The sales person had SKB send it to me directly and I couldn't have been more pleased.
Michael D.
From the minute I placed my order I was kept well-informed through each step in your process. Even though I was buying a comparatively modest piece of gear, your attention to detail made me feel like I was purchasing a six-figure mixing desk.
Thomas W.
I am a new customer of yours. You guys provided me the absolute best deals in ordering all the equipment to power my brand new recording studio. Your customer service is amazing and i will always deal with you from here on out.
Rob M.
Thanks for your great service and getting this out today. You guys really are the Kings!
Alan B.
Better than expected! Truly impeccable service. Your team was professional, knowledgeable, provided speedy delivery above and beyond standard. Vintage King Audio is definitely my go to for all of my audio and information needs.
James O.