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Neve 1073LB Microphone Preamplifier

The Neve 1073LB Microphone Preamplifier is everyone's favourite preamp, with 500 series convenience.

Details

Designed and manufactured in England, the Neve 1073LB uses the same architecture as the original 1073® preamplifier, conveniently packed into a single 500 series module. The compact design of the Neve 1073LB uses matched components and original hand-wound transformers to produce the world-famous 1073 sound.

Features

  • Exclusive Marinair® transformers are used on the microphone input, line input and line output stages to produce that classic 1073® sound.
  • Packing the classic 1073® into a 500 series module was no small feat! The 1073 class-A circuit design is faithfully maintained in the Neve 1073LB.
  • The classic 5dB stepped Elma switch delivers accurate gain staging throughout 1073’s high output gain range. This unique layout means there is no need for a mic/line switch; the pot itself selects the correct preamp and input.
  • Three different gain stages, provided by two independent transistor-based preamplifiers, provide gain for any line input or microphone signal.
  • The 1073LB combines multiple gain stages, meaning the 1073LB preamp can deliver up to 80dB of microphone gain; this brings out the musical drive and harmonic saturation that the 1073® is famous for.
  • The 180-degree phase invert feature is handy in multi-microphone setups with multiple preamps, ideal for top and bottom snare micing.
  • The 1073LB can be integrated into your studio via the rear inputs, patched, and ready to go with the front input ready to plug into to record quickly.
  • With settings of 1.2kΩ and 300Ω, the Neve 1073LB impedance can be optimised for use with a wide range of modern or vintage microphones.

Specifications

Released

  • Microphone Input: Gain -80db to -20dB in 5dB steps
  • Line Input: Input impedance 4k ohms bridging, gain -20dB to +10dB in 5dB steps
  • Output: Max Output +28dBu – Output Impedance 75Ω @ 1kHz
  • Output is transformer balanced and earth free
  • Distortion: Not more than 0.07% from 50Hz to 10kHz at +20dBu output
  • (80kHz bandwidth)
  • Freq Response: ±0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz, -3dB at 40kHz
  • EIN: Better than -125dBu @ 60dB gain
  • Noise: -82dBu at all Line gain settings (22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth)

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