BAE Audio 1073
BAE Audio 1073

1073, Solid-State Pre-amp from BAE Audio.

moosers 02/20/2010

BAE Audio 1073 : moosers's user review


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The Brent Averill Neve 1073 Module is an analog piece of outboard gear that is a direct copy of a 1073 channel strip. It consists of both a microphone preamplifier and an equalizer. It has a phase reverse button as well as one for phantom power. As far as connections go, it has XLR in the back and a 1/4" TRS input in the front to use this as a DI, along with a button to choose your line selection. It is rack mountable and will take up a single space.


Even if you don't have experience with Neve channel strips or consoles, the Brent Averill Neve 1073 Module is pretty straight forward and easy to use. The mic pre simply has gain knob, while the EQ has three bands, as well has a high pass filter. If you know how to use a basic parametric EQ, you'll be able to use this without a problem or without the help of a manual.


In terms of sound quality, it doesn't get too much better sounding than the Brent Averill Neve 1073 Module. Since it has the same make up as the 1073, it has the same sound as well. I haven't had the chance to test out the two of them back to back, but I have used an original 1073 and I would be hard pressed to be able to find a real difference. This version of the 1073 is certainly suitable for recording anything you throw its way...


If you're looking for the Neve sound without having to get a full console, the Brent Averill Neve 1073 Module is a great replacement for getting that big sound in a single channel. It is perfect for either the home or professional studio, but I would imagine that most home studio owners would only be able to afford one, if any at all as the price isn't cheap, although it is definitely reasonable for a genuine Neve module. All in all, Brent Averill is one of the best, if not the best in the business when it comes to reproducing Neve modules, and this 1073 falls right in line...