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BAE Audio to Showcase UK Sound 1173 and 500C Compressor and at Sweetwater Sound’s 17th Annual GearFest

Fort Wayne, Ind. – June 19, 2018 – BAE Audio, a manufacturer of premium analog gear built to exceed vintage specifications, will highlight several of its groundbreaking products during Sweetwater Sound’s 17th annual GearFest, to be held June 22nd and 23rd at Sweetwater’s headquarters located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During the event, BAE will showcase its 500C FET Compressor, and the new 1173 preamp / compressor by its UK Sound imprint.

BAE Audio’s Colin Leibich will be on hand to conduct live demonstrations of the company’s new products at BAE Audio’s booth on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Now in its 17th year, GearFest is attended by thousands of gear fanatics from all across the country. The two-day festival features more than 400 product lines, including the newest musical instruments, music technology and audio equipment. The show also features several workshops, demos and artist performances, along with plenty of opportunities for attendees to experience music equipment on a first-hand basis.

UK Sound 1173: A Perfect Pairing

Meanwhile, UK Sound’s new 1173 Preamplifier/Compressor, also on display at GearFest, combines two of the most revered circuits in recording history: the 1073 preamplifier and classic FET compressor. The result is a unique preamp/compressor with plenty of analogue mojo. 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 musical peak attenuation, warmth, and thickness to anything that passes through it. Its 1073 input stage, known for its high-end sparkle and low-end thickness, makes it particularly suitable on drums, bass, vocals, synths and many other instruments.

500C: The analog glue you need:

Finally, BAE will showcase its 500C, which represents two firsts for the company: it’s both BAE Audio’s first FET compressor and its first 500 series format compressor. Based on the design of studio staple FET compressors of the ‘60s and ‘70s heard on countless hit records, the 500C features controls for input and output gain, plus the four selectable, time-honored compression rations of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1. In addition to taming peaks, its premium components and classic circuit design add highly desirable analog warmth to your signal, making it an all-star for everything from drums to bass to vocals. Like all BAE Audio gear, the 500C is hand-wired in California to ensure the highest possible quality control.

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