New Gear Day! - Heritage Audio Elite Series HA73EQ Pre-amp/EQ


Hey everyone, I'm back with another New Gear Day! with another piece of gear I've had for the last year. I've been waiting so long to do these reviews because I've been wanting to really put the gear through their paces to see exactly what they can do and how they hold up.


Today we're going to look at the Heritage Audio HA73EQ, a Neve 1073 style Pre-amp and EQ, pretty much a clone. I will start off by saying this unit is an aboslute beast. It's robust in build quality like a damn tank to be honest and it sounds great to boot! This is my first foray into outboard analog gear outside of my Interface (pictured above the Pre-amp) so it was an absolute treat to experience something new, shiny, and different sounding. The extra controls for the EQ are a delight as well. First let's talk about the Pre-amp section.


Hey everyone, I'm back with another New Gear Day! with another piece of gear, I've had for the last year. I've been waiting so long to do these reviews because I've been wanting to really put the gear through their paces to see exactly what they can do and how they hold up.t foray into outboard analog gear outside of my Interface (pictured above the Pre-amp) so it was an absolute treat to experience something new, shiny, and different sounding. The extra controls for the EQ are a delight as well. First, let's talk about the Pre-amp section. great stride and makes it sound the best it can be. I mainly use this on vocals because that's what mostly comes through my studio and it's taken every vocal and given it massive amounts of life as I've never heard before. I come from using only the pre-amps in my Focusrite Scarlett interfaces, I've had the 2i2, and as you can see the 18i20. The built-in pre-amps are nice on the Scarlett, but this 1073 is a whole different dimension. If you know about pre-amps, every single one has a different characteristic, sound, tone, and quality to them. As far as I know, no two pre-amps will ever sound exactly the same even if they're the same model.


Now let's talk about the EQ Section


Ah yes, the EQ section of this 1073. It's a good sounding EQ, not the best in the world, but better than some of the software EQs I've used. It's got nice sweet highs, can do some forward mids and a very nice warm low end. When it comes to vocals (depending on the microphone) I have to typically do a small cut on the low end at around 110hz and sometimes 220hz if the vocal is really deep. The Highpass filter on the far right (The blue knob) I also use to get rid of the low lows, just for the simple fact, those are problematic in any vocal really. The Highpass filter is pretty smooth overall, it's not sharp or drastic its actually quite smooth, to be honest.


Overall, I really love this piece of kit. I'm considering picking up a second one so I can have a stereo pair for recording. This is a wonderful piece of gear I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for their first piece of high-end gear. I mean the price can be $800-$900 USD, depending on where you look, but still, it's worth the buy.



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