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Neve 1073DPX Dual Microphone Preamp/EQ
Launched in 1970, the Neve 1073 Classic soon became the first choice mic preamp for leading producers and artists. Found on some of the most famous recordings of the past 40 years, the big, punchy sound of the 1073 complements any musical genre – from rock to rap to classical. The quality is legendary. Designed and built in England, the modern-day Neve 1073DPX is produced to the exact specifications of the original with matched components to ensure the sound remains true.
The 1073DPX has two channels of Neve 1073 Class A design microphone preamplifiers, each with 3-band EQ (fixed HF plus two switchable bands with cut/boost capability) and high pass filter. The Neve 1073DPX mic pre and EQ combination adds warmth and depth to recordings, brings out subtle ambience, maintains spatial positioning, and captures a more precise image – embodying, think many engineers and producers, the essence of the genuine Neve sound. Building on the 1073 classic module features, the 1073DPX introduces extra functionality with integrated DI input, phantom power, selectable Insert feature, level meters, selectable headphone monitoring and I/O connectors on each channel for easy and direct connection of microphones and instruments. The 19” rack-mount 2U unit includes an external multi-voltage PSU.
- 2 independent, genuine Neve 1073 transformer-coupled microphone preamplifier/EQ circuits, in a single 2U 19" rack mount enclosure
- Exclusive Neve Marinair transformers used on each input and output stage
- Convenient connections for Mic, Line & DI inputs on front of unit, with switchable mic/line input connections on the rear of the unit
- Switchable +48 V Phantom Power, Hi/Lo impedance, -20 dB pad and DI ground lift on the input stage
- Switchable Phase, and EQ in/out
- Insert Send and Return loop feature allows external equipment to be connected easily to the 1073DPX audio chain, such as mono/stereo limiter/compressors;
- Pre-EQ insert send/return - a line level send is available from the mic - pre amp output stage and a return just before the EQ stage
- Post-EQ insert send/return - a line level output send is available from the post EQ stage and a return just before the main output stage
- Independent channel output level controls
- 7-stage LED signal level meters for each channel - can show mic/line/DI input-stage level, EQ-stage level or output-stage level up to +24 dB
- Headphone output with adjustable volume control, can listen to channel 1, channel 2 or both channels combined
- External multi-voltage PSU
Awesome sounding preamp and eq, just love it!
Amazing pre amp
Absolutely Bitchin Preamp
I'll admit I was skeptical when I bought this unit, with many of the high-end clones costing the same if not more. Had the 1073 really come back at such a price point? It's the real deal. This is the sound you're looking for. Stop reading this and buy it.
Upgraded from pairs of the AMS 500-series 1073LB's linked with 1073LBEQ's and was really happy with this. The modularity of the 500 series was nice, but I was drawn to the additional features. From my experience I find full rack versions of gear to sound subtly better than 500 counterparts (lower noise, less distortion/higher headroom, less peaky variations across freq spectrum). The 1073DPX even costs less than the two pairs of 500 series modules (2 pre's + 2 eq's)! The additional features in the 19" rack version which includes selectable inserts, headphone out, multiple monitor points, etc. are very welcome. I find I use the headphone output quite a bit for practicing bass or keys.
The sound is very familiar from the 1073LB experience, but slightly more open/high end and I enjoy the sound of the pushed EQ more. The extra top end makes it more "3D" sounding than the 500 series and gets it closer to what I envision the magical 1073 sound to be (I don't have experience with vintage units).
Mostly use this for tracking and not mixing or two bus processing. Favorites are bass, keyboards, and vocals. It's my favorite bass DI and I would hold on to this solely for that purpose, it's that good! Electric guitars are sometimes nice through this, but it depends on the tone I'm after. For me it's about 30% of the time electric works with 1073 and 70% of the time I run electric through API 512's. Need to experiment more to find my favorite drum uses, but I can see how people might like this for kick and snare application as there's some very special/desirable mid range and low-mid coloration that happens.
I highly recommend the 1073DPX as a versatile and interesting sounding preamp! I'd pick this over many other options in the price range based on its sound alone and the additional features really tip the scale.
I love this preamp! Everything sounds better when it goes through the 1073. Obviously, it is a great preamp, but I have also been using it as a ProTools insert to put some of that fabulous Eq on tracks that were recorded elsewhere.
I have a pair of vintage 1073 modules and three of these1073 DPXs..... I'M NOT STOPPING THERE!!!!!!!
If you are reading this just buy it!! Seriously! Too good
Starchy switches but sounds amazing !!!
Love this so much. An instant hit in the home studio!
Great sounding microphone preamps with versatile function of applications! DI input for bass guitar is sounding so good as well.
The great preamps, I would highly recommend it. They sound excellent on any sources, DI is good for any electrical guitar and bass. The Vintage King team is the best to work with, I am very pleased with the 1073DPX and the service.
Amazing sounding piece. Always great when it comes from NEVE.
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