Heritage Audio 73jr
The 73jr is my first module for my new Lindell Audio 503 500 series chassis. Though I have used a wide variety of console pres, 18" rack pres, and desktop pres in professional environments, this is the first that I have used in my personal recording setup. Previously, I was using the Focusrite 2i2, and I am currently using an Apogee Duet. Switching to the Apogee was a huge step up; the converters are so much cleaner, the mic pres are smoother and more detailed, and they stack nicely. When I plugged the 73jr into the Apogee and bypassed the internal preamps on the interface, I was able to hear an immediate difference. I run the output knob all the way up, and adjust the input gain until I get proper recording levels, then I'll attenuate with the output knob if needed. It's so warm, and smooth, but has a detailed and sweet high end that makes the apogee sound dark and pillowy. The preamp seems to iron out any harsh frequencies, leaving me with a sound that I can just "drop" right into the mix. My first signal to run through it was distorted guitar; there is so much space around the instrument, as if it's picking up the sound of the speaker and the cabinet. As I push the input knob and roll back the output knob, the sound gets brighter and fatter at the same time. It also has this smear to the signal that is very pleasing to the ears. The 73 truly has a character of it's own. It's hard to explain, it just works better. A lot better. When you start to stack tracks through it, that's when it all comes together, and you sit back, and it just sounds huge. It sounds like a record.