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MUSIKMESSE 2018: New Lines and Reworked Classics From BAE

by Ronnie Dungan • in
  • MMR Global
• Created: April 12, 2018

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BAE Audio has brought its full line of products to this year’s Musikmesse, highlighting classic products like its 1073 line, 1084, and 10DCF, as well as products launched more recently like the 500C compressor, R53 horizontal 500 series rack, Hot Fuzz guitar pedal, and the latest offerings by subsidiary UK Sound, including the new 176 compressor.

The booth offerings are topped off by the debut of a brand new fuzz pedal: the Royaltone. 

“We always enjoy bringing our latest and greatest products to Musikmesse,” said BAE Audio and UK Sound CEO Mark Loughman. “It’s an opportunity to connect with our international customers and show them what we’ve been up to back in North Hollywood. While our baseline product range covers all the of the studio essentials that help our users achieve the time-honored analog sound of their favorite records, we keep growing the array of tools and textures we offer for studio or live use. It has never been easier to feel the magic of the BAE analog sound in every facet of your workflow.”

Just over a year ago, UK Sound launched the 1173 preamp and compressor, marrying the front end of a classic 1073 preamp with the compression of a classic studio FET compressor.  Now, several UK Sound products will make their European debut at Musikmesse. The 176 and 276 compressors are UK Sound’s new single and dual-channel FET compressors, making a more accessible version of the studio staple. The firm will also showcase a line of preamps and equalizers based on the classic 1073 preamp and equalizer. These include a flagship rack version of the preamp and EQ, as well as single and dual-channel standalone and 500 series iterations of the preamplifier section alone.

BAE Audio will show off a brand new EQ for the 500 series: the 73L. First debuted at the NAMM show in Anaheim, the classic hardware equalizer borrows the design of the EQ section of the classic 1073 console preamp and EQ and fits it into a single lunchbox rack slot. It teams up with the recently launched R53 three-space horizontal rack and a BAE audio preamp like the 1037mpl and dynamics processor like the 500C compressor for a full-on BAE channel strip.

After launching its first guitar pedal, the Hot Fuzz, BAE Audio is presenting its new Royaltone silicon fuzz at this year’s show. Part of the manufacturer’s growing stompbox line, The Royaltone further explorers the possibilities of vintage English fuzz circuits in a dual-stomp format featuring powerful in-series 3-band tone circuit.

It will also showcase its collection of classic-inspired rack and lunchbox gear, like the 1073, 1073D, and 1084 EQS, 1073MP and 1073MPF preamps, and 1073 MP preamps, and 10DCF compressor. The new PDI and PDIS direct injection boxes will also be on show at its booth. The single and dual channel DIs feature an OEP/Carnhill transformer for a smooth analog sound and rugged solid steel chassis to ensure durable on stage or in the studio.

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