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|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Module Type||500 Series|
|Module Slot Count||2 Slots|
I read up on this unit extensively before purchasing, because I had my eyes on the AMS Neve 1073LB, but had trouble spending the money on it. When I read I could get an excellent preamp AND an EQ for about $200 less, I was intrigued. I pulled the trigger and have not looked back since. I love this thing. The preamp sounds great and very much like a Neve in my opinion. It also pumps out enough juice to power my EV RE20 with ease. The EQ is also very effective. I love using this to correct/enhance whatever I am recording, and can find curves that work for anything. I am not experienced enough to say whether or not it sounds like a Neve EQ specifically, but I know the knob layout and frequency choices are the same. Despite all this praise, I suppose I have two gripes about the unit though:
1. It does not have an output volume knob (though apparently AML makes a version of this that does).
2. It does not saturate like most Neve preamps I’ve used.
If these are big deterrents for you, then perhaps this unit my not be your best choice. These do not affect me too negatively and certainly do not impede my ability to make great recordings that I, and my clients, both love. I find this unit works and sounds great, and earns an easy 5/5 stars.
Solid purchase all the way around
Best bang for the buck mic pre/eq combo for sure. I've had vintage Neve 1081's in the studio and these have a lot of the same characteristics. Our clients at Sonic Palace describe the sounds as "smooth" and they definitely notice the upgrade. I've used it on Kick drum, bass, guitar and most importantly vocals. Vocals is where this beast shines, giving a silky smooth top end, mids and lows.
I use the line in as a hardware insert in Pro Tools for lead vocals on final mixes and the vocal sits in the mix just right.
I think I'll pick up a second so we can have a stereo pair.
I love the AML 1073. The sound is great. I’ve had the heritage audio 73jr, 73jr eq and the 1073 80 series. They all sound great as well. The price point for the AML is what got me. I didn’t have a chance to a/b but I think I’d be splitting hairs. Amazing build quality and sound.
incredible device, great price...
Very warm, feels like tape. Big studio sound for affordable price. I recommend this. Read the one page manual on how to get preferred level to hit sweet spot.
Every couple months or so, I look for something new to swap into the 500 series rack. I'm a big fan of Neve and API style preamps and EQ's, I saw this little guy pop up on vintage kings website and it caught my eye. The fact that it was a Neve 1073 clone for $1000 didn't hurt either. I picked it up and popped it in the rack, first thing I recorded through it was an electric guitar. The preamp itself sounded great, not quite as warm as a real 1073, but had a nice bite to it. The breakup wasn't as smooth as a 1073, more like the buzz a fuzz pedal makes when you crank it, but I liked it. The EQ was pretty spot on to the real deal, a little bit went a long way whether you were boosting or cutting, midrange bands had the same poke as the Neve. I've since used it on kicks, snare, percussion, acoustic guitar, violin and bass, it's held up everytime. I think this will be something that sticks around for awhile. Great choice if you're looking for that 1073 sound without blowing the whole studio budget.
When my partner bought 2 of these pre/eq modules, he was gushing about the sound. When I heard them, I agreed. We have many modules, but these are head and shoulders above the rest. We have used the real, vintage Neve modules, and these keep right up with them.
I probably shouldn't let the cat out of the bag, but these things are the real deal. We bought 5, and we will get more. We also have two of their compressors, and they are just as good. So, don't buy these; we don't want anyone else to have them, and we don't want the price to go up! :-)
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