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Dressed to Kill: BAE Audio Introduces Line of ‘Blackface’ Preamplifiers

BAE Audio's Entire Line of '10 Series' Handmade Rackmounts & Modules Now Available in Black, 
as Company Prepares for the 15th Anniversary of its Legendary 1073 Preamplifier

North Hollywood, CA, April 7, 2015:  Some events are worth dressing up for. Among these is the approaching 15th Anniversary of BAE Audio’s legendary 1073 preamplifier, which was launched in June of 2000 after the company sourced the original parts and rebuilt the module in strict adherence to the original specifications and designs. Now in its 15th year of successful production, no other company can claim such longevity or experience in building the 1073, whose sound has been described as ‘larger than life’ and whose sonic character gave meaning to term ‘warmth’ in professional audio vernacular.

BAE Audio has been building the 1073 consecutively longer than any other company in history. As the company celebrates the forthcoming anniversary of one of the most sought after pieces of gear ever manufactured in the professional audio landscape, BAE Audio presents its entire line of 10 Series preamplifiers ‘dressed in black’ to mark the occasion. This stylish upgrade is now available through select dealers.

BAE Audio President Mark Loughman commented: “When I originally founded the company, it was called UK Sound and our first product was the 1023 Preamplifier.  At that time, to help set it apart aesthetically from other competing brands, we manufactured it only with a black faceplate,” he recalls. “After we acquired Brent Averill Enterprises, the product’s colour migrated to what is now known as the BAE blue. Now, with the anniversary of the 1073 upon us, we thought it was appropriate to highlight our accomplishment by going ‘back to black.'”

Prior to making the Blackface option available to dealers and customers, the Blackface version of 10 Series rackmounts & modules was only manufactured on a custom ‘made to order’ basis for high profile artists including Slash, who routinely records his Les Paul using a BAE Audio 1073 DMP single channel mic pre running directly into Pro Tools, and who also has a customized 1073MP and Blackface1073 rackmount units and several 500 series preamps. 

“The ongoing success of our 1073 Preamplifiers — and indeed the rest of the 10 Series line — is because all our products are assembled in painstaking detail using only original components like the Carnhill/St Ives transformer,” continues Loughman. “We use the same parts, the same switches, even the original wire is flown in from England. So this is as close as to the original as you can get. We are pleased to offer our customers Blackface units, which marks an important milestone in the BAE journey.” 

For more information on the new 10 Series Blackface products, please visit

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About BAE Audio

BAE Audio is a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-end microphone preamp and equalizers, all of which are faithful to vintage designs of the seventies and before. The company is committed to the vintage philosophy of hand wiring and hand soldering all of its components to achieve a high quality and authentically vintage sound. For more information on BAE Audio, please visit our website at

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