Vintech model 273Item ID: 273
2-channel Class A, Transformer Balanced Mic Pre With EQ Based on Neve 1073
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Two Channels of 1073-Style Preamps with "Essential EQ"!NOTE: This product requires a Vintech Power Supply, not included. Call for assistance.
The Vintech Audio 273 features two 1073-style microphone preamplifiers for less than the price of one vintage 1073! The 273 includes "essential EQ" on every channel. Vintech calls the high and low shelving EQ adjustments "essential" because they really help to enhance certain instruments and impart a certain magic to the sound like a vintage Neve 1073. Frequency choices are 5.6kHz and 12kHz for the highs and 60Hz and 110Hz on the low shelving but can be special ordered at other practical frequencies. Each channel also offers an input sensitivity adjustment allowing up to 70db of gain, an input impedance switch, a mic-line switch, an instrument input and switches for phantom power, phase reverse and EQ on or off.
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Brandy, Upper Sandusky, OH
Reviewsbased on 8 reviews
An updated review - 5 years later
by Matt from FloridaIts been almost 5 years since I added my Vintech 273 to my rack. I made a small modification to it a year or two ago at the recommendation of Dallas @ Vintech, so it is sonically the same as those shi... read more [+]pping today. I gotta say, 5 years and countless tracks later, this did in fact turn out to be my go-to preamp.
February 12, 2013
Music Background: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Songwriter
My "budget" and mid-priced preamps have all been sold. My Focusrite Liquid Channel, while still being very cool, wasn't seeing a lot of action so it was sold also. The Vintech 273 is hands down one of the better investments I've ever made into my studio.
I've used add a little life to sterile keyboard tracks and loops, made good use of it as a DI for both bass and guitar, and have put countless amps, acoustic guitars, vocalists, and drums in front of this baby. I even had a thin and cold sounding mix that i MASTERED in part by running through this baby and hitting the output transformers hard while using the EQ to add a little meat to the low end and tame the high end a bit. (crazy huh?!?!)
My only regret is that I don't have at least 6 more channels. Most of my tracks run out of the Vintech and into an Empirical Labs FATSO and then through Apogee converters. The sound is fantastic. Warm enough to add some meat, clean enough to record light acoustic material. I have been recommending them to my friends for years and will continue to do so. close [-]
Nice & Smooth
by Shane D. Grush from Fenton, MIWell this is my entry into the world of high end pre's and this unit is pretty stellar. Everything I've recorded thus far has just completely has been taken up a level. The picture is becoming more cl... read more [+]ear to me. If you want to make records that sound on par with the greats you've got to do it with quality gear. If you're looking to get a lot for your money this is a great piece of gear.
October 19, 2011
Music Background: Producer, Composer, Mixer, Musician
Highly endorsed. If you're stuck, talk to Kurt Martin. He'll help you figure out what solution is best for your studio and workflow. He's really great to work with. close [-]
great dual preamp
by Jay M. from Chapel Hill, NCBig, dimensional sound like we've heard all our lives! I use it for tracking most anything. Useful hi and low pass filters. People needn't worry here about this preamp being too colored. This is the k... read more [+]ind of colored your DAW needs. A beautiful pre that can be described with a combination of adjectives that would normally contradict one another: punchy/shimmery/smooth/aggressive/fat/airy/warm/clear. It does all this. The 273 has improved the quality of my recordings tenfold. close [-]
June 29, 2010
Music Background: musician, recording engineer, producer
your guitars NEED this!
by Bruce Sokolovic from NYCwow. just wow. If you record guitars and dont have a high end pre, do your mics a favor: buy this! There really is no way around a good pre. they arent cheap, but you will hear a day and night differe... read more [+]nce in the tracks. close [-]
June 28, 2009
Music Background: guitarist, dabbler, yada yada
Versatile and Phat on Drums
by Wil Key from Denver, COI just bought this unit after trying it out for a week in my studio. I hit it with
August 25, 2009
Music Background: 23+ mixing, writing and performing. Clients include JIVE Records and Merv Griffin Productions.
guitar, vocals, drums and bass and it did a really nice job on all. I own the LA-610, Grace m201 and Focusrite... read more [+] 428, but what the Vintech brings is a huge personality - not quite as colored as the 610.
Be aware that there are no input or output meters on this thing ( I was surprised). Also, even though it has an instrument in, Dallas Upton at Vintech recommends using a DI for instruments and going thru the Mic input as the 1/4" instrument input is not true "HI-Z." I tired this and got a much cleaner signal. I do recommend this pre for drums, guitar and vocals. close [-]
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