Neve 1073 CV Microphone Preamp/EQ - Vertical
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The world's favorite mic pre/EQ, hand-wired in England and produced to the original 1970-issue specifications with matching components for uncompromising sound qualityMFR# 1073 CV
Capture the legendary sound of the world’s favorite preamp/EQwith the Neve 1073 CV. Hand-wired in England, the Neve 1073 CV uses the exact components, construction and wiring as the original design from 1970 to deliver uncompromising sound quality. From the Class A design to the finely tuned EQ bands, the Neve 1073 CV delivers the classic Neve sound with zero compromises.
THE SOUND OF YOUR FAVORITE RECORDS
Ever since its release in 1970, the Neve 1073 has been the go-to preamp for engineers, producers and musicians in search of that classic analog sound. From pop to rock to hip-hop and more, the big, punchy sound of the Neve 1073 can be heard on countless hit records over the last 50 years. Perfect for adding warmth and depth to recordings, bringing out the ambience of a recording environment, or precisely capturing the stereo imaging of a performance, the Neve 1073 CV is one of the most versatile preamps on the market.
A MODERN CLASSIC
In order to perfectly capture the legendary tone of the 1073, Neve set out to identically recreate the original design, down to the last detail. They went to great lengths to find components from the original manufacturers to meet the exact specifications of the original model. Each unit hand-wired by Neve’s dedicated professionals in Burnley, England, then put through rigorous testing to ensure the frequency response, internal noise and distortion levels all adhere to Neve’s original standards.
The Neve 1073 CV features an all Class A preamp design with three bands of EQ. The high shelf EQ is fixed at 12 kHz, and ideal for bringing acoustic recordings to life with a silky-smooth brilliance. The midband is perfect for carving out space in busy mixes and adding warmth and grit to instruments with fixed frequencies at 360 Hz, 700 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 3.2 kHZ, 4.8 kHz and 7.2 kHz. The low band is perfect for fattening up tracks with tight, punchy lows using fixed frequencies at 35 Hz, 60 Hz, 110 Hz, and 220 Hz. Clean up your low end with a dedicated high-pass filter, selectable at 50 Hz, 80 Hz, 160 Hz and 300 Hz.
- Classic transformer microphone preamp amp (Class A design)
- 3 EQ bands
- Hand-built and hand-wired to original 1970s design
- Hi-pass filter
- Neve designed hand-wound transformers
- Both inputs are transformer balanced and earth free
- Microphone Input: Gain +80 dB to +20 dB in 5 dB steps
- Line Input: Input impedance 10k ohms, gain +20dB to -10dB in 5dB steps.
- Output: Maximum output is >+26dBu into 600 ohms.
- Output is transformer balanced and earth free
- Distortion: Not more than 0.07% from 50Hz to 10kHz at +20dBu output
- (80 kHz bandwidth) into 600 ohms.
- Freq Response: ±-0.5 dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz, -3 dB at 40 kHz, EQ Out
The 1073 can be purchased as single or multiple units. Each 1073 module has been designed to perfectly retrofit into the 80 Series Neve Classic consoles as part of a channel strip or can be mounted in a custom rack. The available rack sizes are 3U (which accommodates 2 modules horizontally) or 5U (which accommodates 8 modules vertically).
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This Neve channel has greatly improved the quality of my recordings. The mic preamp has a lot of punch but is also smooth at the same time. I really like the saturation you can get from overdriving the input to the mic preamp. When running something back through the line input, you can get some serious harmonic distortion by adding a few clicks of gain. Nothing beats the high shelf on the 1073, it opens any source right up. Just engaging the high pass filter seems to make everything a little clearer. Im really glad I added this to my collection.By Bryan R. on August 15, 2017
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Neve 1073LB & 1073LB EQ
Neve's venerable 1073 preamp and equaliser are both now available in API's popular 'Lunchbox' format. Were they worth waiting for?
The Neve 1073 channel module, designed back in the early 1970s, is probably the most revered and most copied preamp design on the planet, with countless replicas, 'homages' and repackaged versions to choose from. Its popularity is not lost on the current AMS Neve company, of course, and the same core design is still manufactured in four different formats, including the retrofit 1073 preamp/equaliser module, the 1073 DPD and 1073 DPA rackmount dual preamp, and the subject of this review — the new 1073LB version, intended for use in a 500-series 'Lunchbox' chassis, which provides the housing, power supply and I/O connectivity.
If you've ever seen inside an original 1073 channel module, you'll know that squeezing all that circuitry and the large transformers and inductors into an API 500-series Lunchbox module format just isn't physically possible. Consequently, AMS Neve has split the 1073's preamp and EQ sections into two separate but related Lunchbox modules. The 1073LB is the preamp proper, accommodating the transformer input and output stages into one unit, while the 1073LB EQ contains the separated equaliser section. These two Lunchbox modules are designed to be used together via a bespoke 'insert mode' configuration, which recreates the original signal path from the preamp's input stage, through the EQ and back to the preamp's output stage. Alternatively, each unit can be used entirely independently, and to that end the EQ module is equipped with its own electronically balanced I/O stages. I'll discuss the EQ section more in a moment, but first let's look more closely at the 1073LB.
1073LB Mic Preamp
Both modules — the preamp with chunky transformers, and the EQ without — are built to a high standard.
This module is based very closely indeed on the original 1073 microphone preamplifier design, using exactly the same architecture, the same class-A circuitry, and even the same hand-wound input and output transformers. However, the method of construction is obviously very different, simply in order to fit everything into the constrictive Lunchbox module format. For example, the original expensive and bulky multi-level gain switch has been replaced with a simpler one controlling relays to provide the functions instead. Some might argue that this re-engineering has an audible effect on the sound character that was undoubtedly influenced in part by the hand-wired looms and plug-in amplifier circuit board arrangements of the original units. While this may be true in a strict A-B comparison, it wasn't something that I noticed or was concerned about. To my ears, the character that shouts '1073' is still there, loud and clear!
The original module's rotary gain control and output polarity inversion button have been retained in their original form, and have been supplemented with a front-panel microphone input impedance button (this facility was always present in original 1073 modules, but required the appropriate chassis connector wiring). Another divergence from the original design is the addition of a useful +5/-10dB rotary Trim control. This serves much like the fader of a console-mounted unit and is a facility that has proven very useful in the 1073DPA and DPD rackmount versions. To assist in optimising signal levels, AMS Neve have also fitted a 'signal presence' LED (green above -25dBu and red over +26dBu), and another push-button selects the front panel 'combi' XLR input connector instead of the Lunchbox's chassis' rear-panel input. Thanks to the transformers, both mic and line inputs, and the line output, are all fully balanced and floating (earth free), and phantom power is automatically disabled when the gain control is rotated to a line-input position. Phantom power is available when the gain switch is at any of the microphone settings, toggled on and off by pressing the Trim control.
As anyone familiar with the original 1073 will know, the rotary gain switch is more complicated than most, but the same functionality has been retained on the 1073LB. The microphone side of the switch is calibrated in input signal levels from -80 to -20dB, in 14 steps of roughly 5dB, with an 'off' position between the 50 and 55 dB marks. The review model measured 79dB with the Trim at its centre detent position, and an astonishing 84dB with the Trim control fully clockwise. The minimum gain in microphone mode measured 18dB, and the 'off' position provided just 7dB of gain.
Moving around to the line-input side of the rotary switch, which is separated from the mic side with another 'off' position, the scale is again marked with input signal levels from -20 to +10dB, again switching in 5dB increments. The input impedances are relatively low for all inputs, being just 4kΩ for the line input and either 1200Ω or 300Ω for the mic input, depending on the front-panel switch setting. There is no dedicated instrument input facility.
A two-way DIP switch on the rear panel provides an alternative module-earthing mode (necessary to enable phantom power in some non-API Lunchbox chassis designs), and to enable the 'insert mode' when integrating a 1073LB with a 1073LB EQ module. When the insert mode is enabled, the audio signal from the 1073LB's input stage is routed via a socket on the module's rear panel, through a supplied link cable to the EQ module, and then returned via the same cable to the preamp module's output stage. This same insert facility will be compatible with other modules, including the 2264 ALB compressor, announced shortly before we went to press.
Despite its diminutive size, the 1073LB packs the full punch — both sonically and electronically — of the original 1073 module, and in use the 1073LB did all that was expected of it. There is no doubting the pedigree in its distinctive sound character and the slightly quirky operational controls. The control knobs and buttons match the original styling very closely and work in exactly the same way. However, I was a little frustrated by the method used to enable phantom power: in reaching for and rotating this control, I often found I inadvertently toggled the phantom power supply off or on, with all the attendant bangs and thumps! Clearly, space for switches is severely restricted, but perhaps a more benign function should have been allocated to the Trim switch, such as the output polarity inversion?
As you'd expect, the module's test measurements are all very good, with distortion coming out well below 0.07 percent, even when driving the output to +20dBu. The dominant distortion character is almost equal amounts of second and third harmonic, with the latter being slightly greater. The frequency response is easily within ±0.5dB between 20Hz and 20kHz, falling to -3dB at about 8Hz and 40kHz when working at full gain. At low gain settings there is a very subtle LF bloom, and at high gain settings the extreme HF is very slightly subdued. Whatever the gain setting, the preamp always delivered a full and rich bottom end, a detailed and present mid-range, and a smooth, silky sheen at the top end. Plenty of modern preamps are quieter, but I never found input noise to be an issue, even at high gain settings.
The preamp and EQ modules can be linked via a single send and return cable. This enables you to patch the EQ into the preamp as an insert processor, between the preamp's input and output transformers.
The 1073LB EQ is the partnering four-band equaliser for the 1073 preamp module, and is designed to fit a single Lunchbox module width. As shipped from the factory, the equaliser module is configured as a stand-alone unit, with its I/O accessed through the Lunchbox chassis connectors in the usual way. However, it can also be user-configured to operate as an insert within the signal path of a 1073LB module, so that a conventional 1073 module audio path is properly replicated, and this configuration is called the 'insert mode' (see below).
The 1073LB EQ replicates exactly the same EQ functionality as the 1970s original 1073 module, with a fixed-frequency high-shelf section, adjustable-frequency mid and LF sections, and an adjustable high-pass filter. In stand-alone mode, the line input and output stages are modern, electronically balanced affairs, which allow the pure character of the inductor-based equaliser circuitry to shine through without the subtle transformer-thickened veiling that is inherent in a conventional 1073 channel module. To help minimise any problems associated with stray magnetic fields from other modules or the Lunchbox power supply affecting the EQ's inductors, the 1073LB EQ is protected in a mu-metal case.
As with the original console module, the EQ section is equipped with a global on-off button, although the low-shelf, mid-band and high-pass sections all have their own independent 'off' modes too. To assist with level management, an LED provides an indication of signal amplitude, illuminating green above -25dBu and red above +24dBu.
The LF-shelf section is operated with the traditional dual-concentric rotary control comprising a continuous boost/cut level knob mounted above a rotary switch to set the turnover frequency. The gain range is ±16dB, with turnover frequencies of 35, 60, 110 and 220 Hz, and Off — all the same as the original. The mid-range bell section also employs a dual-concentric control, providing a slightly wider gain range (±18dB) and centre frequencies of 0.36, 0.7, 1.6, 3.2, 4.8 and 7.2 kHz, and Off. Again, these are exactly the same options as the original.
However, in a slightly confusing departure from the original design, the high-shelf section is also provided with a dual-concentric control. In this arrangement, the upper knob provides up to 16dB of boost or cut with a fixed 12kHz turnover — the same as the original fixed HF shelf — while the lower rotary switch section is used to control the high-pass filter turnover frequency. The 18dB/octave high-pass filter frequency options are the same as the original 1073, of course, offering 50, 80, 160 and 300 Hz, and Off.
This non-standard arrangement is a little confusing for anyone who is familiar with traditional Neve modules — not least because it looks very similar to the later 1084 module arrangement, which introduced switchable HF-shelf turnover frequencies. Of course, the reason for this variation of control format is simply because the size of the Lunchbox module precludes the original arrangement. While possibly offending Neve purists, I have to say that this configuration is quickly assimilated and certainly works well enough in practice.
My bench tests revealed that the EQ module performed precisely as specified, achieving a signal-to-noise ratio of 105dB (with a +20dBu input) and a THD+N figure of an impressive 0.002 percent. There is a mild tendency towards third-harmonic distortion when the input level is pushed hard, but the tonality is otherwise very neutral. The EQ curves produce text-book plots, with well-proven and musical results.
Conversion to insert-mode operation involves changing a rear-panel DIP-switch setting, just as on the preamp module, and connecting the supplied link cable between the bespoke sockets just below the main edge connectors on each module. The cable can be arranged to sit neatly under the Lunchbox backplane circuit board in most cases. When configured for insert-mode operation, the EQ module's Lunchbox chassis input XLR becomes redundant, but the corresponding output connector still carries the EQ'ed output signal via the electronically balanced output stage. The processed signal is also available via the preamp module's output XLR, of course, and comes via the preamp's transformer output stage. It's interesting to compare directly the quality of the EQ section with and without the coloration associated with the preamp's transformer I/O stages, simply by swapping the output cable between the preamp and EQ module output XLRs.
The Lunchbox provides a very popular means of allowing users to build up a varied collection of signal processors in a cost-effective and manageable way. Third party replicas of and homages to the 1073 have been available for some time, but to have an official product built to the original technical standards, and especially one which can be used so flexibly, with the original EQ design intact, holds a very strong appeal indeed. It's all good, and I want some...
There are plenty of high-end 'character' preamps and EQs around these days, and that applies as much to the API Lunchbox format as to the more traditional 19-inch rack units. API themselves, for example, offer both preamps and EQs, and there are many boutique manufacturers offering a different take on the general 'character' theme. For a distinctly 1073-like character, though, there are a few Neve imitators around. Sound Skulptor, for example, offer the MP573 preamp and EQ573 EQ — and if you're looking to save money, these can be bought as DIY kits. Rupert Neve Designs offer the RND517 preamp, which is a more recent design by Rupert Neve, but at the time of going to press they didn't have a 500-series EQ available. There are also plenty of non-500-series designs around, from Neve themselves, and various others such as Brent Averill Engineering.
- Genuine original circuit designs re-engineered to fit the Lunchbox format.
- Classic, big-bottomed Neve sound.
- Front-panel input option on preamp.
- The traditional control-knob style and layout has been retained.
- Insert mode for adjacent preamp and EQ modules allows proper signal path through input, EQ and output stages.
- EQ module can be used in stand-alone mode if required.
- A little too easy to toggle phantom power accidentally when adjusting the Trim control.
- Non-standard dual-concentric switch for the high-shelf control might confuse Neve purists!
It's about time there was an official Neve 1073 module for the LunchBox format, but the wait has been well worth it! The new AMS Neve 1073LB and 1073LB EQ modules are beautifully engineered and boast the brilliant bonus of being able to configure adjacent preamp and EQ modules with the correct signal path.
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Neve 1073LBEQ 500 Series Equalizer
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Single-channel 500 Series equalizer featuring three bands of EQ with the familiar lush sound of the 1073
The Neve 1073LBEQ captures the iconic sound of the original Neve 1073 EQ circuit in a compact 500-series module. With three bands of big, punchy EQ, the 1073LBEQ instantly adds a familiar lush sound to any recording. When partnered with the Neve 1073LB preamp, these two devices perfectly recreate the sound of the world’s most famous preamp right in your lunch box.
THE SOUND OF YOUR FAVORITE RECORDS
Ever since its release in 1970, the Neve 1073 has been the go-to preamp and EQ combo for engineers, producers and musicians in search of that classic analog sound. From pop to rock to hip-hop and more, the iconic sound of the Neve 1073 can be heard on countless hit records over the last 50 years. Ideal for adding warmth and depth to vocals, guitars, and acoustic instruments of all kinds, the 1073LBEQ is the perfect solution for audio professionals looking for a compact, versatile EQ with a classic sound.
The Neve 1073LBEQ features the same EQ design as the original preamp model. The high shelf EQ is fixed at 12 kHz, and ideal for bringing acoustic recordings to life with a silky-smooth brilliance. The midband is perfect for carving out space in busy mixes and adding warmth and grit to instruments with fixed frequencies at 360 Hz, 700 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 3.2 kHz, 4.8 kHz and 7.2 kHz. The low band is perfect for fattening up tracks with tight, punchy lows using fixed frequencies at 35 Hz, 60 Hz, 110 Hz, and 220 Hz. Clean up your low end with a dedicated high-pass filter, selectable at 50 Hz, 80 Hz, 160 Hz and 300 Hz.
ALL NEW FEATURES
The new 1073LBEQ is equipped with a signal presence LED and Neve’s innovative Audio Processing Insert design. The 1073LBEQ can be modified to work as an insert when paired with an 1073LB mic preamp module. With a simple modification and an included cable, you can connect the 1073LBEQ to the 1073LB for a traditional preamp, EQ, output signal path.
- Legendary 3-band EQ design
- When integrated with 1073LB preamp, the combination is 100% discrete and = genuine 1073 mic pre/EQ
- Rotary controls provide accurate adjustment of the 1073 3-band EQ and High Pass Filter
- Signal presence LED illuminates green from a level of -25 dB and red from a level of +24 dB
- Switch for EQ IN/OUT function, with LED indication
- Electronically balanced classic Neve circuits used in Line Input and Line Output stages for standalone module use. These stages are bypassed and the 1073LBEQ module is 100% discrete when combined with the 1073LB mic preamp
- Audio Processing Insert design allows the audio to/from the1073LBEQ module to be inserted into the audio path of an existing 1073LB (modules must be fitted in the same rack)
- High frequency concentric knobs perform two functions: HF shelf control and High Pass Filter control
- Fully screened module packaged in Mu-metal case eliminates stray electromagnetic fields from Lunchbox PSU or other module types
The 1073LBEQ provides the legendary sound of Neve in a remarkably simple format. A Line level input feeds an electronically balanced EQ circuit with 3-bands of adjustable EQ and a High Pass filter, which can easily be switched in/out. The output is also an electronically balanced Line level output. A signal presence LED and Neve’s clever Audio Processing Insert design is also integrated into the module.
The 1073LBEQ can be modified to work as an inserted process with an existing 1073LB mic pre module. A modification is required inside both units and a cable, which is supplied with the 1073LBEQ module, is needed to connect the LB mic pre to the LB EQ. The result of this is a genuine 1073 mic/pre input -> EQ -> output audio path when in this mode. Revolutionary!
This mono unit is the perfect solution for studios and audio engineers looking to bring in the very essence of the Neve 1073 EQ sound to their portable racks.
Note: The Neve 1073LBEQ will not work with the A Designs 500HR 2 Slot rack or the Empirical Labs EL500 2 Slot 500 Series Rack.
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Best 500 series EQ I've used. Imparts the unmistakable Neve tone.By Scott H on January 29, 2021
I discovered that having the AMS Neve 1073LB mic pre without the EQ is fairly bland sounding. You need the EQ that comes with the a non-LB sized 1073 to get the full benefit. Now I am able to dial in a perfect vocal sound, and hear it while I am singing, which really helps you to sing. Also the high shelf control allows you to quickly dial in a vocal that is more emotive sounding. Great for acoustic guitar also. If you have the Mic Pre, as I did, without the EQ, you are missing out on the full benefit of what the 1073 has to offer.By Lawrence A on December 10, 2020
Awesome.By Daniel M on April 21, 2020
Insert mode with 1073pre, this thing is pure joy!By Julien R on February 14, 2020
You guys are the best. I feel like my sales agents will talk to me anytime through multiple platforms. I’ve hit it off with everyone I’ve talked to. Literally could go catch a band and have a beer with you guys. Best customer support ever!By lewis h on April 18, 2019
I've had real vintage 1073's in the past, which are amazing, but the value of them has gotten out of control. For what I sold my pair for I could get a rack of 8 of these with a rack and still put a bunch of money back in my pocket. Side by side, the difference is so subtle between a real 1073 and these mounted in the API 8 slot rack that you'd have to really be splitting hairs to prefer one or the other in normal real world studio use.By Anthony on May 4, 2017
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