Gear Review: BAE 1066DL Mic Pre-Amp, A Powerful Tool For Any Studio

We take a look at a 500 series microphone pre-amplifier.
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We take a look at a 500 series microphone pre-amplifier.

BAE are manufacturers of high end microphone preamp/equalizers that are faithful to the vintage design from the seventies and before.

Here at Magnetic we had the opportunity to test and review one of their 1066DL mic-line preamps. First we will detail the key features of the 1066DL then present you with a comprehensive review of the gear.

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The new 1066DL is based on the classic 1066, which features the same mic-line pre-amp as the extremely popular 1073, but with different frequency selections in its EQ for more versatility and control.

First of all, the 1066DL is a 500 series module, meaning that you will need a lunchbox rack mount to install it. Another great thing about these modules is that they are relatively portable and installation is fairly simple. They also take up very little space and can easily fit inside any studio setup, making these professional quality modules perfect to be used in home setups.

The 1066DL is an incredibly powerful microphone preamp and EQ, with rich and unique mid-range that gives a familiar yet distinctive flavor to recordings. The original 1066 is particularly popular among guitarists and after using the 1066DL I can understand why. Guitars simply sound amazing when recorded using the 1066DL. Powerful, rich mids bring a lush and full texture to the sound. The warm mid-range also brings a unique and pleasing flair to vocal recordings. In fact, many of the vocalists I brought in to test the 1066DL said they had never sounded better.

The amazing thing about the 1066DL isn’t entirely its mid-range, but the EQ options that come with it. Sculpting frequencies to your own pallet is vital in creating unique sounds that will stand out. The EQ on this module is perfect for this, with multiple switchable center frequencies and slope shapes.

The 1066DL is an incredibly powerful module and can be perfectly used to record any instrument from drums and guitar to vocals and more. The powerful EQ, unique mid-range, and portability of the module make it a perfect addition to any studio, home or professional. Its price range is a little high for most home studios, but this is an extremely professional mic pre/EQ.

If you want to take your recording to the next level and you can afford it, we definitely suggest adding the 1066DL.

Cost: $2,0000.00

Dave Pensado Talks BAE:

Features:

  • High Frequency: +/-16dB shelving with selectable frequencies of 10kHz, 12kHz, 16kHz, 20kHz and 24kHz.
  • Low Frequency: +/-16dB shelving with selectable frequencies of 35Hz, 60Hz, 110Hz &220Hz.
  • Mid Range: +/-16dB peaking with switchable selectable center frequencies of 700Hz, 1.2kHz, 2.4kHz, 3kHz, 7kHz
  • High Pass Filter: 18dB per octave slope, switchable between 45Hz, 70Hz, 160Hz & 360Hz.
  • EQ Button: Switches the equalizer on or off
  • Phase Button: 180°