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TEAM V.R | 07 Mar 2018 | 111.89 MB
The subtle nuance and tonal flavor added by a vintage preamp can have an amazing overall effect on the music you create.
For years, top producers have coveted the sound of the venerable 1073 preamp. Now - through the power of Arturia’s advanced TAE modelling - you too can have a taste of that harmonically rich, classic tone in your DAW.

Devised by visionary electronics engineer and pro audio legend Rupert Neve, the preamp became a staple of the world’s top studios, and added its unique tonal flavor to countless hits. It was a revolution in 1970, pioneering the use of reliable high-efficiency transistors to replace the temperamental vacuum tube technology of the time. The sound of the preamp became an instant hit with record producers, sound engineers, and artists the world over, cementing its place in music history.

Continuing that revolution, using their exclusive TAE technology, Arturia have recreated this phenomenal piece of music production history. Capturing and recreating its distinct musical color, its pleasing analog distortion, and its sweet-sounding tone controls, you’ll be able to start your virtual signal chain with one of the best sounding pres ever created.

Analog sound in the digital world
... but my audio interface already has preamps. Why do I need virtual preamps? What difference will it make?

Great question!
As you’ll know, preamps raise the gain of incoming signals - from microphones and musical instruments - to usable levels, which can then be mixed. Practically all modern audio interfaces include preamps, just as most analog mixing consoles integrated preamps in the pre-digital age.

Thanks to today’s technology, preamps are very neutral and transparent in the way they amplify the audio signal. In the past, preamps tended to subtly distort the sound, imparting a tonal character to the audio they processed; a sort of “sonic fingerprint” that music producers would become familiar with, and start to use in creative ways. This is what people usually refer to when they talk about ‘the sound’ of a mixing console. Running a session on a mixing console that used the 1073 preamps, for example, would give the whole track a harmonically exciting feel.

Now, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. You can use the preamps on your audio interface to get your signals to a usable level, and use Arturia’s software preamps to impart that iconic tone to your tracks.

Adding that “je ne sais quoi”
It’s difficult to let new producers and mix engineers know just how important the subtle sound-shaping power of preamps are; we’re talking about something understated. It’s not a flashy synth or an extreme audio-mangling plug-in.

At their core, all of our preamp plugins provide 2 main benefits:

A link to the past
There’s something quite magical about hearing classic songs. If you let your mind drift, you’re transported to a totally different time: different fashion, different politics, different tastes, different lives. If you want to evoke the feeling of the 70s or 80s, when the 1073 was used on practically every chart hit, our 1973-Pre makes it easy. Added to individual tracks in your song, you can add that toasty, harmonic, saturated sound that typified the era.

Mixing confidence
Load up 1973-Pre as an “insert” effect on channel, dial in an appropriate preset, and most of the hard work has been taken care of. You’ll now be mixing with the sound of a classic analog console, with the parameters set up by a top sound designer. Now you’re free to get creative, safe in the knowledge that you have half a century of legendary pro audio heritage supporting you.

Rediscover an industry legend

Beautifully simple, yet stunningly effective, the 1973-Pre offers simple controls that pros will feel right at home with, and newcomers will quickly learn to love.

3-band equalizer
Creatively shape your signal with low, medium, and high band controls of +/- 18dB. The low band lets you perfectly balance the bass content in your signal, the mid band can add presence or cut the mud, and the high band can add shine and air, or remove any unwanted sharpness.

Input gain
Controls how much of your signal is sent through the circuitry. Subtle levels will introduce that flattering brilliance that the 1073 is known for. Pushing harder will introduce harmonic distortion, adding presence and fatness.

High pass filter
Cuts the super-low end, inaudible rumble in your signal. Switched on, this can give your mix more headroom and energy. Left off, it lets through the bass you feel, rather than hear.

Output trim
A fully transparent volume control to give your DAW exactly the level of signal you want.

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That's Neve, Looks Nice!
Lets see how is the sound,

Thank you V.R :)
  Resident 18.10.2008 278
hawt... geez.. ! im an avid user of the UAD2's 1073; and its my only and sole tool box i put on a channel strip (that red knob +10db preamp emulation of a legendary 1073 is an absolute killer and it just works for any instrument), im eager to try this out and compare the two..

ps: those soundcloud example audio clips doesn't sound that convincing already... lol

pps: i will come back to this thread as soon as im done comparing the two on the same channel strip: UAD2's 1073 vs this KNOCKOFF by arturia

ppps: FYI, the 'eq' on a 1073 doesn't really matter.. its just like any other eq's; the what matters the most is the unique dynamics ability of the 1073's built in PREAMP; it is when u add +10db on your dry signal using that red knob, it is where the magic of a 1073 heppens: the emulation of the vintage power supplies by Marinair and the transistor circuits of the pre amp that is inside the 1073 that make surface unheard dynamics and clarity of the instrument that is playing on the channel strip... a kick drum, a snare or a bass or just anything else, does come out totally different. .. and u are like whoa holyshit WTF!.. thats why it is called the 'neve sound', it is the hardest part to replicate and emulate. no wonder why neve allowed uad to use their brand logo.

that other "1073-like" one that is out there by Waves is a TOTAL JOKE and a MISERABLE FAILURE, it just doesn't sound like the one by UAD2's 1073; it is totally worth getting an uad2 solo card and buy their 1073 neve plugin alone ..
*since 2008, "i should know (...)"
-my DAW and stuff i produce is Waves, Izotope and T-Racks FREE, that's because i'm sold out to UAD.
  Member 20.10.2016 1 116
i'm interested to know your findings mate
  Member 1.03.2015 198
and let us know about it please ,
  Member 6.10.2015 132
a war comparing which version is better
  Member 23.02.2015 1 26
Eager to hear your opinion..
  Resident 26.11.2015 369
i had borrowed the ultimate bundle 5 for a bit and that 1073 neve is f'ing amazing - having testing this arturia one out it doesn't sound as nice. the clipping is def nowhere near as smooth as the uad1073. i think the arturia trid-a pre's internal saturation/clipping whatever sounds better that this 1973 one's...
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  Member 23.06.2014 1 89
If you're going to take the time to compare I would recommend also comparing Acustica Audio Gold to the UAD 1073. There's a free fully functioning 30 day demo.
  Resident 21.06.2015 17 102
IMO : BlackRooster VPRE-73 > UAD > Scheps 73 = Arturia
As a matter of fact, it's all dark
  Resident 22.09.2015 3 322
Slate Digital FG-N & FG 73 ?
IK Multimedia T-Racks EQ 73 ? (I love T-Racks plugins)
  Member 28.11.2016 282
VPRE73 > Slate > Waves

this one? not sure yet.. I don't trust Arturia's skill.
  Resident 22.09.2015 3 322
I'll try the Blackrooster so...
  Resident 7.11.2014 11 406
Sonimus Burnley73?!
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  Member 12.11.2017 49
amazing thank you very much Vr and Sunny
  Member 31.12.2017 54
How does this compare to Acustica Navy?
  Member 12.06.2017 59

I also have 1073 of UAD and I use the preamp to record bass and my guitars, sometimes the vocals. it depends on the source and context. It's very close to a neve console but not yet 100% because each console and each channel is different on an analog console. It lacks the real magic but it is already very good at UAD. I would also like to use the Antelope Zen, for example.
Can't wait to test this Arturia plugin.
  Resident 9.05.2014 1 475
Hmm, I wonder if running your tracks through the UAD 1073 and then BX Console N (clean) would fix your issue?
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  guest 7.06.2014 1 111
Arturia vsti sound like garbage, if you asking yourself how these plugins sound... You got your answer. Arturia is a joke. Sadly.. still use them LOL
  Resident 7.02.2014 13 1707
Well it looks good.

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  Resident 22.09.2015 3 322
Arturia plugins always look nice but they do not always sound nice...
  Resident 8.11.2007 39
Audition CC 2017, Win 7 x64
freezes and crashes the program, equally in VST2 and VST3
  Member 9.11.2016 12 126
sunny brother , in studio one 3.5 windows 7 x64 vst3 when load 1973 cause very LAG daw
  Resident 15.09.2011 1 2292
111MB for one audio plugin... OK, there are multiple formats contained in there, but I remember times when whole Adobe Photoshop was about the same download. Oh well, it is 110MB of graphics, after all.

Thank you so much for releasing this V.R and Sunny for sharing! Cheers!
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  Member 25.04.2014 94
Crashing both REAPER 5.76 and Ableton Live 10 (both on Windows 10 x64) during startup scan on every (including the other Arturia preamp and filter releases by V.R recently) . Anyone else facing any issues?
  Resident 24.10.2011 1 764
Seems the usual Arturia : bugs, crash, nice GUI, nice concept ... average to good sound.
Never really outstanding.

I still don't know HOW they still make money, as they don't even solve bugs on previous releases.

As a side note, i'm totally bored by all this "vintage" trend.
ppl live in the past because present s*cks and future is already dead.

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