Discrete Mic Preamp with DI and Sowter Line Output Transformer

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Classic British sound at a breakthrough price

We consider the 1073-5 the finest sounding replica of the vintage British mic preamp you will find available today. It’s a clone of the most sought after preamplifier in the world that has been used on thousands of hit songs. Our replica recreates every drop of character and usability of this classic preamp, at a price that makes it accessible to anyone.


The 1073-5 is built with premium components

We have gone to great lengths to faithfully match the sonic characteristics and behavior of the original using nothing but the best components available, leaving no detail unnoticed; Making our 1073-5 as distinctive and valuable as possible. Each unit features a Carnhill input transformer and a custom Sowter output transformer that precisely match the originals.

The Sowter output transformer  provides and extended low end frequency response and behaves even more similar to the original LO1166. The tantalum, polystyrene and Vishay capacitors are the finest components available that stay true to the original components found on vintage units.


100% satisfaction guarantee – if you don’t love your 1073-5, we’ll refund you

If you’ve used an original 1073-5 before, we’re extremely confident this will put a big smile on your face every time you use it.

However, if you’ve never touched the original before, as gear lovers ourselves we understand that the only way to really know if this preamp is for you, is to put it through its paces. That’s why the 1073-5 comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. This allows you to get it into your rack and see how it impacts your recordings. If you love it (and we think you will!), great…keep the unit and create amazing music with it. If not, no problems. Just send it back to us and we’ll fully refund your purchase. And don’t worry, either way you decide to go we will remain friends.

Technical Specs

  • Carnhill input transformer
  • Sowter output transformer
  • Tantalum and Polystyrene capacitors
  • Vishay/BC capacitors
  • 2N3055 output transistor
  • Completely discrete signal path
  • 70dB of Gain
  • Trim
  • Marconi style knobs
  • 48V phantom power
  • Impedance selection (300 – 1200 ohms)
  • Less than 0.5% THD
  • XLR inputs
  • XLR and TRS outputs
  • Assembly by hand in Chile
  • 1-year warranty
  • 30-day money back guarantee

3 reviews for 1073-5

  1. Mike M

    I have been recording professionally for nearly 30 years, and have owned/experienced many different kinds of “1073-style” preamps. This has quickly become my favorite non-EQ version in that genre.

    Is it, as Stam says: “the finest sounding replica of the vintage British mic preamp you will find available today”? Who knows, but it certainly delivers everything I expected from this design, and they absolutely can go head-to-head with anything I’ve been around.

    But then, when considered best at this price point? No question–they win very easily. I was even able to sell some more expensive (other brand) to buy a few more of these…

  2. Jamie Sitar

    I bought 10 of these to make a mini-console for tracking. I’ve used the real deal, and these give my clients the same HUGE sound in a compact and affordable package.

  3. Adrien Langlois

    Still digging those FANTASTIC 1073’s ! They are amazing !
    With a friend, we tested every preamps with his 1984 Juno 60, recorded it straight into the interface (Motu 828 MK3), into the 1073’s and into the 312’s. The result with the 1073’s was OUTSTANDINGLY IMPRESSIVE, It was bringing the Synth to LIFE ! I sincerely was not hoping something really different, or maybe a subtle touch of harmonics… Man, I was wrong.
    I tried my best to replicate the sound with EVERY preamp plugins I had : Slate New York, Slate 1073, UAD 1290A, UAD 1084, NONE was bringing THAT MUCH of character, of GRIT! Mindblowing!
    Getting that sound, with this preamp, at this price. YES.

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