Ask any professional recording engineer which products would top his or her ‘must have’ list and one name will trump all others – Neve.
Named after the founder and original designer, Rupert Neve, Neve consoles, mic preamps, equalisers and dynamics have been a bedrock of the recording industry since the 1960s, helping shape the classic ‘British’ sound of the 1970s and leading where others follow.
The traditional Neve mic pre/eq, such as the legendary 1073 and 1081, deliver a degree of depth, solidity and musicality that others try but rarely succeed to emulate. Based around relatively expensive input and output transformers, discrete (i.e. individual components rather than IC) construction, heavy duty switches and sturdy casings, the modules were built to last, indeed many might say they were over-engineered. The result is equipment that will last the owner’s lifetime, is easily serviceable and holds its value.
Not satisfied with resting on their laurels, Neve (or AMS Neve to give the company its full title) have designed and produced a range of outboard and processing equipment combining traditional qualities with modern facilities, in both rack mount and 500 series formats.
I doubt there is a professional studio in the world without at least one piece of Neve outboard in the rack for good reason; Neve equipment delivers a level of performance few other brands can match, it is a name known and trusted by clients and it is built to provide trouble free performance for professionals and occasional users alike.
Key products include the Neve 1073DPX dual mic pre and EQ, Neve 8816 summing mixer, the CLASSIC RANGE of traditional modules including the 1073 and 1084 and the current rack units, including mic preamps, equalisers and dynamics, summing mixers, channel strips and 500 series modules.