BAE Audio’s UK Sound Debuts New Analog Mic Preamp/Compressor

BAE Audio has created a new subsidiary, UK Sound, and launched a new analog microphone preamp/compressor as its first product.

Designed and manufactured at BAE Audio headquarters in California, the new 1173 Preamplifier/Compressor is a 1U rackmount unit that combines a preamp modeled on the classic 1073 circuit, with an FET compressor.

The 1173 Preamplifier/Compressor is scheduled to begin shipping by February 1 for $1,000.


UK Sound builds off of BAE Audio's goal to recreate some of the most beloved vintage circuits of all time to a more accessible audience that includes the move to small home and office studios. The 1173 Preamplifier/Compressor, the company said, is the first of many models to be announced during 2017.

The new 1173 Preamplifier/Compressor combines two of the most revered circuits in recording history: the 1073 preamplifier and classic FET compressor.

With controls for input and output gain and the well-known selection of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1 ratios, the 1173 delivers peak attenuation, warmth and thickness to any sound that passes through it. Its 1073 input stage is known for its high-end sparkle and low-end thickness.  As with BAE Audio, all UK Sound gear will be manufactured in California.

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