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Green Day's VK restored Neve 8068 featured in Electronic Musician

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Brian B. There have been 2 comment(s)


One of our recent Tech Shop restorations is featured in the November issue of Electronic Musician! For the recording of the latest trio of records, the band dropped their Dalcon board from their studio, Jingletown Recording Studios, and picked up a Neve 8068 32-channel console from Vintage King.

"I was drooling going to work every day on the Neve. The 8068 is a classic rock-and-roll desk. We used it for both tracking and monitoring straight into Pro Tools 10," Engineer Chris Dugan says of the console. "We used Neve 1073 preamps on the guitars, a Chandler LTD-1 for tracking vocals; bass went through the Neve 8068, and drums almost entirely through the Neve, but the kick drum went through the LTD-1 and snare went through a Vintech Audio X73."

We'll have more on the Green Day 8068 restoration in coming weeks. Stay tuned!

This post was posted in Around the Shop, News and Events

  • So Chris had an 8068 loaded with vintage Neve 31102's sitting there and he chose to use a Chandler LTD-1 on vocals and kick and a Vintech X73 on snare? Was the console in desperate need of recapping or something?

    Posted on October 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

  • JROQ says:

    @Patrox247: The Neve was fully serviced, which included a recap and tested to meet all factory specs. In other words, the desk was as "Neve'y" as it can get. It is possible in most all recording situations that Chris was going for something different for VOX Kick and Snare. My guess is that he was looking for a different vibe. Probably had something to do with a distortion characteristic.

    Also: A service job will restore (flatten out / un-tilt) the frequency response of an amp putting it back to factory specifications within measurable reason. From there, and after biasing and THD specs have been met, the amplifier still has it's own sound by design.

    Posted on November 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

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