Vintech X73iItem ID: X73i
Class A, Transformer Balanced Mic Pre With EQ Based on Neve 1073
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Classic Neve-style SoundThe X73i is a Class A, all discrete, transformer balanced microphone preamplifier with equalizer both based on the classic Neve 1073 module. It is constructed utilizing modern manufacturing techniques which allow us to offer this product at an incredible value. Now practically anyone can record with the classic sound of vintage modules without having to deal with inflated vintage prices.
The X73i features the same Class A mic pre as the X73 with all of the same eq parameters plus additional mid range frequencies, selectable input impedance, 1/4 inch D.I. on front panel, transformer balanced mic and line inputs, phase reverse, phantom power switch, eq switch, 70db of gain, quality Grayhill rotary switches, custom machined aluminum knobs, plus many other features.
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 29 reviews
by from CTGreat unit, and a good choice for a desert island preamp if you could only take one. Exceptional on bass direct (all I use now), vocals and snare drum. Pair this with an LA2A on vox and a good Referen... read more [+]ce or u87 mic on vocals and you won't want to listen to anything else. EQ is very pleasing to the ear, but word of advice, go easy on it, small adjustments make a big difference on these, even if it's not apparent until later in the mix - whatever peak or cut level you think sounds best at first, back off 50%. This unit is a home run, built like it's military bound and delivers if you're looking for that british sound! close [-]
December 20, 2012
by Lou Anschuetz from Harmony, PAAfter a lot of soul (and wallet) searching I finally purchased this to go with my existing Mojave MA-200. The Mojave is a fantastic piece of equipment and I was skeptical that it could get any better.... read more [+] But it can. The Vintech keeps the tube warmth of the Mic, but adds clarity and dynamism even without compression nor much in the way of EQ.
December 14, 2012
Music Background: Recording/Mixing/Mastering/Live Sound engineer
This is one heavy piece of equipment. Built like a virtual tank that way outweighs what you think a 1U device should weigh. I think there's neutron star material inside (or some other kind of magic dust). The knobs are wonderfully smooth and sure, with clear detent movements - which I'm sure translates to very specific loadings rather than some vague potentiometer setting. The power supply, which looks like a tiny box in the pictures, is also massive. And heavy.
If you fail to believe that a unit that appears to do so little can make such a big change, you need to A/B it for yourself. Would that I had infinite money such that I could put one of these on every channel. But, it will be on a LOT of channels. Highly recommended. close [-]
Voice Over Talent - Vintech X73i
by Don Capone from Tampa Bay, FlaOne bad mother!!! got this from Sweetwater's sales ninja Chris Lewis... I am not a musician... All I do is Voice Overs... and the Vintech X73i is my #1 go to pre in my studio... For voiceovers it just... read more [+] makes everything sound perfect... If you do voice overs... get this.... and get ready to be blown away!!!! close [-]
June 9, 2012
Music Background: Voice Actor
Wow...there is NO better Preamp for the money...
by Jason Lee from Southeast, US USATHIS...THIS...is perfection. Having worked in music for 30 years plus, I've had my share of preamps and microphones. BUT, this is the ONLY one I've ever been this excited about. EVEN without COMPRESSI... read more [+]ON, this thing puts your voice forward and up front in the mix "just right" when paired with the right microphone, and when the impedance is selected around 1.2K....(300Ohm is ok too, but just a "hair" muddier and "bassier"). At 1.2K, EVEN the bass frequencies are clear and well articulated, which is unusual. This thing makes you sound like a star, without a doubt. Do yourself a favor, though, and experiment with it WITHOUT any "doctoring" at first---you may find you don't need to do as much as you're used to. close [-]
May 11, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician, Recordist, Songwriter
Every one of my customers who has bought this channel strip has called me to thank me for setting them up with the sound they have been looking for. Being a guy who is very familiar w/ the Neve sound, I can accurately vouch for the sound of these fantastic preamps.
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