N. Hollywood, CA (August 25, 2015)—BAE Audio is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its 1073 microphone preamplifier with a limited Anniversary Edition of both 1073 modules and rackmounts featuring a commemorative badge on the faceplate.
Originally manufactured in England in 1970, the 1073 is one of the most famous mic pres in the world, has been used on countless recordings over the last four decades. Because production of the 1073 module had ceased for nearly 20 years, BAE Audio initiated its rebirth in 2000 by sourcing authentic components and rebuilding it according to original specifications. The result was the BAE Audio 1073, which continues to be manufactured using the same transformers, wiring and switches that were present in the original.
“When we began sourcing original parts and manufacturing the 1073s, it was the beginning of the digital age and there was an overall skepticism of new analogue gear in the market,” recalls BAE Audio president Mark Loughman. “Since our gear was based on vintage designs, this worked to our advantage as the first units we made specced out very well. We began to receive feedback from artists saying ‘Yes, this is the sound I remember’, and we sold out of every batch that we made.”
Now, the company has been building 1073 units consecutively longer than any other company in history. The success of the 1073 has also spawned many other BAE products, such as the 1023 and 1028 (introduced in 2007), the 1073MP (2009), the 1073MPF and 1073DMP (2010), the 1073D (2012) and the 1073MPL, launched this year. Each BAE Audio mic pre in the 1073 family uses original Carnhill/St. Ives transformers, Elma switches, Marconi knobs and Canford wire imported from England and each unit is hand-assembled at the company’s plant in North Hollywood.