BAE 1073MP Single Channel Mic Pre with Power Supply
Hand-wired mic pre gives you the sonic character of the legendary Neve™ 1073 mic pre section with modern performance
The BAE 1073MP single-channel Mic Pre is as close as you can get to the original Neve 1073 module, but in rackmount form. The BAE 1073MP Mic Pre features the same St Ives (Carnhill) transformers as the vintage modules, Elma switches, and Canford wire. Revered for its high-end sheen and larger-than-life sound, the Neve 1073 has held its place the reigning monarch of audio royalty since its introduction in 1970. However, electronics do not improve with age, which is where BAE comes in. The BAE 1073MP brings the classic 1073 into the modern age with improved performance, while maintaining time-honored 1073 sound, with its harmonically rich low end, slight resonant highs, and maintained focused mids. Most importantly, the BAE 1073 gives you the classic sound you expect from the first name in Neve recreations: BAE.
BAE 1073MP 19" Mic Pre features:
- Single channel of classic 1073 sound
- Completely hand-wired
- Carnhill (St. Ives) transformers
- All Class A, transformer-coupled design in a 19" 1U chassis.
- Line level XLR inputs for extra versatility as a line preamp.
- High impedance DI for guitar and synth.
- 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.
- External 24V PSU with 4' cable provides four times the current for optimal sound
- Made in USA
External 24V PSU
While other rackmount preamps use an internal power supply, BAE chose to go a different route in the form of an external PSU. The advantages of an external PSU are many. To begin with, not having space constraints allows BAE to design the power supply without compromise. Plus, it makes the shielding concerns of integrated power supplies a non-issue. When power supplies are built into the same chassis as the audio circuitry, nearby audio paths are susceptible to nasty magnetic fields radiated from the transformers, which adds noise and hum. Additionally, the preamp’s components are subject to extra heat generated from transformers, regulators, and rectifiers—and as we all know, heat is the enemy of electronics. It causes unwanted changes in operational parameters and premature component failure.
For optimal sound quality, the BAE 24V PSU provides four times the current necessary to power a preamp—and since the BAE 24V PSU can power up to two BAE units, the BAE 1073MP comes with and without power supply. If you already have a BAE 1073 and power supply, you can add another for stereo operation or adding the Neve console sound to a passive summing box.
Who’s Using BAE:
"BAE has been an integral part of my record making for many, many years now. I have owned the mic pre's, EQ's, and racks for years. The dedication to costumer service is something one can count on. With the advent of the Avedis 1122 OpAmp, the classic 2520 opamp was brought forward into the future. Mark has also made a point at looking back at certain designs and his attention to detail shows in the new products that he is working on. I am very happy to announce and toast Mark's (Loughman) new ownership in the company. I forecast excellent things to come. —
Ross Hogarth, Grammy-winning producer-engineer
"During the recording of many of the Steven Slate Drums sessions, we used lots of BAE mic pres and equalizers. They made it easy to get some of the best drum sounds I've ever heard." —
Steven Slate Drums
“What all 312a users say about clarity and punch is absolutely true. They are very versatile pre amps and aside from the obvious with guitars, drums, and vocals, I really enjoy using these pre's with bass and synth sequences.” Ilan Rubin (NIN, Paramore, Lostprophets)
“I love my BAE mic pre-amp. It makes my tracks sound lovelier!” —
Jane Wiedlin, The Go-Go's
“I was just screwing around with my BAE 1084 when it hit me, wonder what my Space Bass would sound like in this. I plugged it in and the sound was so pure and natural I thought I was on stage in the ‘Mothership.’ This thing sings with tone, punch, and straight-up good, solid sound that will stand out in a mix with loud drums and guitars.” –
“Two thumbs way up! In my opinion, the BAE 1073 and 1084 modules sound every bit as good as the original Neve modules I have used my whole career (we've had blind fold audio "shoot out" tests in my vintage Neve room and there is absolutely no difference). Nothing comes as close to my original Neve EQ/mic preamps as BAE products. And in my opinion, BAE products surpass all the competition in build quality; from the point-to-point wiring, to the audio traces on their cards, original St Ives (Carnhill) transformers, nickel plating, impeccable craftsmanship, and wow! —no old dirty switches and pots. (Did I mention they plugged right in to my vintage Neve 8014 frame from 1970 flawlessly!) Plus, Mark and the staff over at BAE are totally professional and a pleasure to deal with.” —
Andy Kravitz, drummer, producer, engineer
(Imogen Heap, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Simon Townshend, Robbie Krieger, Urge Overkill, Lizzy Grant, The Cheeters, Cypress Hill, James Taylor, Los Lobos, Soloman Burke, Joan Osborne, Taj Mahal, Mark Broussard, Norwood Fisher, Shawn Colvin, Hundred Year Flood, and Sting)
About BAE (British Audio Engineering)
Answering to a higher authority (maintaining the legacy of Mr. Rupert Neve), BAE puts nothing but the very best and their very best into every unit they built. Under the guidance of president/CEO Mark Loughman and Neve guru, Avedis Kifedjian, BAE uses the only highest quality components from the original suppliers, such as Carnhill (formerly St. Ives) and Jensen. All BAE products use discrete electronics and are completely hand-built and wired point-to point (no circuit boards). For more information about BAE, check out
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