The Gap73 hit the market a couple of years ago. It has been praised for being a quality preamp with a very moderate price tag ($300).
I'm testing it together with my other preamps, so these are the contenders:
- Gap 73 (main object of the test)
- Art MPA
- Mackie Onyx 800r
|Mackie Onyx 800r|
Nt5-2: Onyx Gap73
C1jjMod, Gap73: Trim17 Trim12 Trim9
Additional folders: Cad M179 Sm58 Elguitar(DI) Bassguitar(DI)
Nt5 (matched pair) > Mpa > Rme Hdsp 9632
Nt5 (matched pair) > Gap73 > Rme Hdsp 9632 (#1 goes with the Mpa, the other with the Onyx)
Nt5 (matched pair) > Onyx > Mackie Onyx 800r
Recorded within 1,5dbFS, normalized to same RMS-level (100ms window)
Mpa: +20db, impedance 3 o'clock, Sovtek tubes
Gap73: Trim 12 o'clock
And I've added some more tests of the Gap73:
Studio Projects C1 jj mod > Gap73 > Rme Hdsp 9632
-> 3 trim/gain-positions
Recorded within 2dbFS, normalized to same RMS-level (100ms window)
The additional folders: No identical takes
El. guitar, Yamaha Pacifica 112J, DI, pickup middle, Earnie ball 10
Bassguitar, Morgan YB-48, DI, picup 50/50 neck/bridge
I've added some new files, see additional folders.
- I didn't fancy the Gap73-sound that much, kind of new that..
- The Gap73 wasn't the best match for my C1 jj mod, as both are a little dark.
- The gap73 sounded very nice on BassDI, and SM58 dynamic mic.
- Learned: "Trust your ears Luke"
Gearslutz: Thread here