AES Amsterdam: Vintage Design

Vintage Design hat zwei neue halb-Rack Neve-Klone im Programm. Klanglich ist Vintage Design ein „rockiger“ Neve-Take im Vergleich zum „souligerem“ Brent Averill – bin gespannt, ob diese Ă„sthetik sich auch bei den neuesten Babies wiederfindet.



Vintagedesign M87D replaces the M81Dmk2! M87D features the same class-A output-stage and transformer as found in Vintagedesign’s 19″ units and M73D. The input-stage is an updated version of the stage found in the M81R and M581,The gainswitch has 11 positions and a gainrange from 0dB to 50dB gain or 50dB to 80dB with the +30dB switch active. An all new function is the „AIR“ switch which boosts the high frequencies for a more „open“ sound. The instrument input features a high-impedance FET input that feeds the input-transformer via a class-A driver stage, Same circuit as in the DMP and CA-. Finally it has the same typ of headroom-meter as the DMP and CA-units

Gain boost +30dB
Mic input impedance
Phantom power
Phasereverse switch
AIR switch
Output levelcontrol

Input gain: -50dB to 0dB, or -80dB to -55dB with the +30dB switch activated
Impedance switch: 300/1200ohm
Instrument input Impedance: > 1 Mohm
XLR mic in
XLR transformer balanced main out
TRS unbalanced output,4 dB below the balanced XLR output)
EQ insert (-18dB)
Output: > +26dB @ 600ohm load
Distortion THD+N: 1kHz @ 20dBm < 0.07%.

Vintage Design


The Vintagedesign EQ73D is a 3-band Class-A EQ module. EQ73D uses the same circuitry and components as in the CA73mk2 like Carnhill inductors and ELMA switches.
EQ73D is NOT a standalone EQ unit! it’s made to be inserted in the M73, M87 or a DMP module/units. It operates at -18dB inserts via a TRS jack.
Two EQ73D units in a rackshelf is a perfect compliment for a DMP owner.

HPF: 50Hz, 80Hz, 160Hz and 300Hz
LF: Freq 35Hz, 60Hz, 110Hz and 220Hz
MF: 350Hz, 700Hz / 1kHz / 1.6kHz / 2.4kHz / 3.2kHz / 3.9kHz / 4.8kHz / 7.2kHz / 10kHz +/- 18dB
HF: 8kHz / 10kHz /12kHz / 16kHz +/- 16dB
Headroom meter

Operational level: -18dBm
in/out: via TRS jack, Tip=input, Ring=output
Power requirement: 24v AC or 28V DC

  • Twitter