I bought VPRE-73, a preamplifier plug-in from Black Rooster Audio. It is a purchase with the aim of improving the texture of the recording, but I would like to review the impressions I tried using it.

About VPRE-73

A preamp plug-in from Black Rooster Audio , my favorite plug-in developer .

The person who comes in the pin may be the pin, but it seems to be made by emulating a famous machine called NEVE 1073.

You officially say “VINTAGE PREAMP EMULATION”.

Black Rooster Audio’s NEVE modeling, which has a reputation for high quality, raises the expectations for good sound.

What is a preamp plug-in used for?

What is a preamp plug-in meant to do in the first place? I didn’t even know.

For now, you can think of a very simple preamplifier plug-in like VPRE-73 as a “plug-in that improves sound “.

By adding harmonics that are pleasant to the music, it is an image that enhances the texture of the sound or adds a bit of richness.

In other words, you can insert a single track, a bus track, or a master track anywhere you like to improve the texture.

Personally, I obtained it assuming how to use it like a so-called mic preamp. (Probably that is the most straightforward use)

I feel like I want to record when recording guitar, bass and vocals to improve the quality of the recorded sound.

How to use VPRE-73

The basics are just passing through, so it’s not about how to use it, but for the time being … the UI is quite simple.

The knob on the left is the input gain, and you can add distortion as you raise it.

The middle knob is a feeling that you can adjust the volume according to the gain amount with the attenuator.

The middle buttons are low cut, phase inversion, and ON / OFF switches, respectively. It may be used depending on the source, but basically it seems good to keep the initial state.

On the right is the EQ, as shown in the figure, but shake it to the left for high boost and shake it to the right for low boost. I can only do one of them, but I think it feels like a character.

Basically, it’s just about how much to push and how much boost. Simple.

The sound of the waist

As mentioned above, I use it for recording when recording, or for recording and correcting data and writing it with VPRE-73. It feels like a material preparation.

Although it is this, after all, there is a feeling that the sound is quite good.

The feeling of NEVE-like feeling, the thickness comes out, and the feeling of increased presence is felt when VPRE-73 is applied.

It comes close to a sound that has a solid core, sits down, and has a three-dimensional effect. It feels a little bit moist and rich.

Personally, I would like to raise the gain lightly at about 13:00 to 14:00, shake the EQ slightly to the left, and raise the high gently to get the desired sound. It is just a natural flavor, but if you do this, the effect processing after this will be quite different.

It’s great to use the VPRE-73 before running the amp simulator on the guitar or bass recorded on the line. The sound of the amplifier is completely different.


To sum up, it’s like using VPRE-73 to make the sound crisper.

It can be used for pre-processing recorded sounds or materials, or when you want to add a bit of color to a sound you have made to a certain extent.

Well, that’s why it’s a bit stiff if you insert it into various tracks, so it’s a good idea to use it when you need it.

The price is reasonable, so it’s easy to get your hands on. Isn’t it good if you want to try Black Rooster Audio?

Again, personally, it’s a plug-in that I can’t afford to release, mainly for the preparation of guitar and bass.