Alctron MP73EQ-V2 Microphone Preamp and Equaliser V2
MP73EQ-V2 Microphone Preamp and Equaliser
This classic high-end single channel microphone preamplifier and equaliser is based on a Neve 1073, and allows for the use of a wide variety of microphones with its impedance selector on the input. 11 frequency selections, and fully discrete signal path.
Onboard EQ and Filter
The MP73EQ has a switchable high pass filter, which lets you cut out the mud and other useless low-frequency noise that can cloud up your sound. Shelving high and low-frequency EQ controls with selectable cutoff frequencies give you an enormous range of tone, and semi-parametric mid control lets you dial in frequencies from 360Hz all the way up to 7.2k - perfect for fine-tuning your sound.
Solidly Built, New Look
This preamp is built in a proper way without integrated circuits in the signal path. Transformer balanced inputs and outputs, 3-band EQ with good old frequency selection and adjustable bass filter. The MP73EQ also has several features that are rare in this price range, such as selectable impedance on the mic preamp, separate mic and line inputs, and a DI in front that is worth the price alone.
Classic "English" Sound
The MP73EQ's saturation (harmonic density and richness) and EQ curves are like the classic 1073. The saturation in the low end has the same sound signature as the classic mic pre. It is also very quiet and has alot of gain headroom.
- Fully Discrete Signal Path
- Individual transformers for input and output
- High/mid/low 4 band inductor EQ
- 80Db of gain
- The chassis is made from high quality steel to provide extra shielding against magnetic and RF interference
- Mic impedance is switchable to choose the correct impedance to your mics
- DI input
- Mic input impedance: 300Ω or 1200Ω
- Mic gain: +80dB to +20dB
- Line input: input impedance 10000Ω
- Line gain: 20dB to -10dB
- Max output: 20dBu
- Output impedance: 75Ω
- Distortion: ≤0.07%
- Frequency response: 20hz-20khz
- Noise: better than -125dBu @ 60dB gain
- DI Input impedance: >100kΩ
Great quality at a fantastic price pointBy: Jesse on 21 November 2020Although it doesn’t possess “that Neve sound” this inexpensive unit does a fantastic job at getting you in the ballpark with a very useable EQ section and some lovely harmonic distortion that can be added when driving the input into the right mic. Alternatively you can max the output and roll the input back to achieve a very clean sound that stands head and shoulders above many USB audio interface preamp sections. As said before the EQ is useable and sounds great in many scenarios but one thing to note is the mid band works more like a shelf than a bell curve so be wary about pushing it too hard, this is the area where the unit strays most from the sound it’s trying to achieve in my opinion. The overall built quality is good for price, the only wobbly areas are in the buttons and the other frequency selector dials which don’t feel super solid but in all honesty they’re not even that amazing on the real ones either. Knobs feel study, stepped pots are accurate and the variable potentiometers move smoothly. A great buy for anyone looking to get in to the world of analog hardware and explore some unique sounds.
A great gemBy: Paul on 30 June 2020This preamp just might be one of the best hidden gems you can get for under $600. Inspired by a very famous preamp yet only a fraction of the cost of the original. Yep, this preamp isn't as good as the original (nor does it pretend to be) but the features and tone stack are very usable. Quite bright at times but this can be dialled down to very usable levels. Haven't checked it out with too many mics as yet but works very well with a C414 and dynamic mics like the SM57. Love it so far.