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Neve 1073LB 500 Series Mic Preamp
Dropped on the studio world in 1970, Neve's 1073 Audio Preamplifier immediately made its bones on the recording studio scene. Renowned for its ability to capture, complement and create a uniquely great sound no matter the source, the 1073 has been the go-to recording preamp of leading artists and producers from hit recordings too numerous to mention. If you think of any famous recordings of the past 45 years, chances are more than good that the artists' voices, instruments or illegal activities first saw tape through a Neve 1073.
And now it is available in the 500 series format.
The Neve 1073LB is still manufactured in Great Britain to the exacting specs of Neve's classic 1073 preamp. Featuring painstakingly recreated original spec hand-wound input and output transformers, matched components, as well as specially recreated tantalum coupling caps, the 1073LB bathes your ears in vintage Neve glory. With a build quality the British Admiralty would approve, the 1073LB's massive input level switch contacts are gold-plated to withstand decades of marathon tracking sessions.
As magical as owning a rare piece of vintage kit can appear, the lack of modern conveniences can ultimately detract from the recording experience. That's why the boffins at Neve gave the 1073LB switchable microphone input impedance, signal presence LED and intelligent protected switching on the front combi-XLR input connector so you don't accidentally fry a line-level device with 48v. The new Fine Trim control lets you squeeze the maximum level of sparkling clean signals or crank the gain for some Revolution distortion. The 1073LB Preamp's smart Audio Processing Input design and Lunchbox Insert architecture allows you to create a classic Neve 1073 channel strip when used with a Neve 1073LB Series EQ.
And all this sonic potential installs in an empty slot of your compatible 500 series rack, ready to inject your microphone or line level signals into that legendary universe of Neve sound.
- Classic transformer microphone preamp amp (Class A design)
- Audio path is absolutely 100% discrete and the same design as the 1073 Classic module mic/pre circuit
- Neve designed hand-wound transformers
- Both Mic and Line inputs are transformer balanced and earth free
- Gain knob with Signal Presence LED
- +5/-10 dB level Trim control with integrated phantom power on/off switch
- Phase, Impedance and Front Input selector switches
- Front combi-XLR connector with intelligent switching of phantom power
- Audio Processing Insert design allows processing from adjacent Neve modules in the same 500 series rack to be inserted into the 1073LB's pre-output stage
- Microphone Input: Gain -80 db to -20 dB in 5 dB steps
- Line Input: Input impedance 4 kOhms bridging, gain -20 dB to +10 dB in 5 dB steps
- Output is transformer balanced and earth free
- Distortion: Not more than 0.07% from 50 Hz to 10 kHz at +20 dBu output (80 kHz bandwidth)
- Freq Response: ±0.5 dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz, -3 dB at 40 kHz
- Crafted in England by Neve engineers
Note: The Neve 1073LB will not work with the A-Designs 500HR 2-slot rack or the Empirical Labs EL500 2-slot rack.
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Module Type||500 Series|
|Module Slot Count||1 Slot|
Great on guitars and Amazing on Vocals
There’s a reason this is arguably the most important link in the signal chain of recording history. If you’re uneasy or hesitant on the cost, just remember the wise words my helpful VK sales associate Dan told me. It’s an INVESTMENT. -Not only in a monetary sense, it’s also an investment in your creative process. And if you’re already aware of what this is and you’ve been looking at taking the Neve dip, you’re already ready already. Do it.
Amazing. Don't let internet fool you - AMS build the only true pro 1073 pre
Really typical colour, and it's a nice warm one, can pushed like crazy, superb saturation...
Needs no words, sounds superb.
My favorite mic pre.
One of the best preamp I’ve own. Deep pronounce lows and highs for vocals. I’ve chain it with my Manley reference c!! 100% recommended! :)
It gave me shivers when I tracked through it first time right out of the box. Everything is great once you get to this level but the 1073LB has that elusive little bit of magic. I find myself using it as a plug in if a track isn’t laying in the mix quite right.
Thank you, Bill.
The 1073 is legendary for a reason. I am so happy that I own one.
Adding this Pre to my studio has changed everything. I can't say enough about it. I'm using this with a 551 EQ and 535 compressor and that Neve signal chain is ridiculous. So silky and beautiful...just love it.
Amazing pre !!!
Since I got these, they are becoming my goto pre. Really get that great Neve sound. Vocals, Acoustic and electric guitars...I want more.....
Been using this pre now for a month- LOVE IT- warm and present sounds very NEVE for sure!- just the right amount of low, miss and Highs not too bright either but still has presence.
This is a great piece of gear. Very high quality controls, easy to use. It sounds great recording guitar and vocals with a high quality mic. It sounds amazing with a P-bass plugged directly into the front. No compressor needed and it produces clean, even levels as well with the bass. I'm very glad I got it.
I see you have the Neve LB and NeveLBEQ is on a preamp and the other just and EQ? Or is one modle have an EQ?
The Neve 1073 is Amazing I use on vocals and as a hardware insert to mix my 808’s just as a start I Recommend this piece of gear highly
What can I say, it's the sound found on a thousand hit records. Very pleased with a pair of these but recommend adding the EQs in insert mode. Closely compares to the vintage versions in this configuration. Love these, highly recommended.
It is everything you would expect it to be. All the gain you will ever need, quiet as a whisper, a beautiful bite and ever so smooth, really, we can argue about subjectivity and this or that, but there is a reason why the 1073 is possibly the most copied preamplifier. It is everything.
Best pre ever!!!!
A great mic pre so glad I have it in my studio
I’ve used Neve pre’s for 30 years. They really are the sound of all my favorite recordings.
Troy Manning is the best
The father of the 500 series preamps, hands down!
Classic preamp. Always perfect
I have a bunch of 500 series pres; some manufactured, some DIY and many are in the 'NEVE style.' I own this 1073LB module and can say after closely comparing all of the 'NEVEish' modules, this is the best one. It has the best sound and lowest noise floor. It's pretty amazing how close you can get with the others at a lower cost, but if you just wanted the best sounding one no exceptions, it is this one. The 1073LB is my goto, first choice. I am very happy using it.
Wow, did a side by side comparison with an LB I just bought with my vintage 73' and it's damn close! really hard to tell the difference.
I have been wanting one of these forever...and it was worth the wait!
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