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UK Sound 1073

Mic Preamp & EQ By Matt Houghton
Published October 2020

UK Sound 1073

Though more affordable than high-end parent brand BAE, UK Sound's gear certainly isn't bargain-basement stuff!

UK Sound is a sub-brand of BAE, a well-respected manufacturer of vintage-inspired analogue hardware, its aim being to offer access to the BAE sound for a price more within reach of the home-studio market. But they've not taken a bargain-basement approach. UK Sound gear is still hand-assembled in the USA and high-quality components adorn circuit boards that sit in solid, nicely finished metalwork.

There are obviously some differences, notably the presence of some less expensive components, including the output transformers, but it is still all of decent quality. Some of the units clearly benefit from a modular approach to design, with circuitry and controls occupying only one half of the standardised 1U 19-inch rackmount chassis, and other models pair two such 'modules' in the same box. The UK Sound 1073, reviewed here, uses a similar chassis, but is a single-channel product whose circuitry and controls occupy the full width of the unit.

Outside & In

As the name suggests, this 1073 is firmly rooted in the famous Neve 1073 design, and it provides both the preamp and the EQ sections. There have been countless homages to the 1073 in the half-century since it first saw the light of day. They vary in quality, particularly in terms of the metalwork, painting, solidity of the controls, the quality of components and, importantly, the quality assurance. This one sits at the better end of that spectrum!

The UK Sound 1073 features separate inputs for mic and line sources, as well as a handy instrument input on the front.The UK Sound 1073...

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Published October 2020