Golden Age Premier PRE-73

1-Channel Microphone Line and Instrument Preamp

  • Discretely constructed
  • Carnhill input and line output transformers
  • Max. gain: 80 dB
  • Rasterized Gain control with 23 positions in 5 dB steps - Gain range 20 to 80 dB for microphone
  • Switchable impedance in microphone mode: 1200 or 300 Ωs
  • Hi-Pass filter: 80 Hz and 200 Hz adjustable
  • Switchable Air EQ boost function (3 or 6 dB at 30 kHz)
  • Switchable 48V phantom power
  • Phase reverse switch
  • Microphone/Line combo input XLR/1/4"jack balanced
  • Instrument input 6.3 mm jack
  • Line output XLR and 1/4"jack balanced
  • Design: Desktop
  • Format: 9.5" / 1 RU
  • External power adapter included

Further Information

Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes

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Expensive Vintage sound quality at a budget price!

Paul P. 657, 01.08.2018
I bought this to record vocals and instruments in my home studio, specifically for use with my Warm Audio WA-47jr microphone.

I wanted to try and capture some of the more vintage sound quality you get from the Neve pre amps and Neumann/Telefunken microphones, but without busting my bank account. I have the Golden Age Project Pre 73 MIII already and was very excited to read that they had now had the Neve-inspired GAP Premium Pre-73.

On receiving the product, it comes in a very nice box with the usual GAP literature in the form of a nicely printed A4 card. Instructions for the full manual can be downloaded form the GAP website.

Installation and plug in is very straight forward. It sits very nicely on my desk.
In operation there is very little in the way of signal noise. I have used it for female vocals and it handles beautifully. The sound is smooth and certainly have that vintage colour you'd expect from a signal path that uses only discrete components like resistors, capacitors and transistors.

It sounds great: far, far better than anyone would expect of devices in this price range.

For thoseof you who want to venture into the use of vintage outboard equipment with out a huge budget I would highly recommend this product.

At a good 100 Euros less than the Warm Audio WA-73 or Heritage 73 preamps this is a dam good contender!
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Very good low-noise preamp

Mynodeus, 10.02.2019
The Premier PRE-73 I use primarily for an output-weak dynamic microphone (EV RE20) and here it does very good service. Directly connected to the USB Sound Interface, and also via a FetHead, the RE20 still had too much noise.
The Premier PRE-73, on the other hand, performs this task confidently, with 70 dB gain, which I now use for the RE20, the noise is still very unobtrusive. Very well! Also, the voice (both voice and vocals) sounds much better than without the preamp.
As a DI for bass, I find the PRE-73 also great, with the appropriate setting it compresses something and makes the bass sound pretty creamy. As DI for guitar, he does not convince me so, since the 100kOhm input impedance in DI mode are a bit low.
But for my main application vocals / language awesome and the surprisingly good bass sound over the DI is a welcome extra.
For processing: With the first model supplied, the XLR cable stuck the first time it was plugged in and the lockable socket could not be released. Thanks to Thomann for the exchange, in the copy that I have now, the lockable socket works properly.
A minor flaw are the unevenly deep-glued level LEDs. This is a bit of a lack of care during assembly. Therefore only 4 stars in the processing. Otherwise, everything is great!
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