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help: AMS Neve 1073 DPD or AMS Neve 8801? Single-Channel Preamps
Old 23rd August 2007
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help: AMS Neve 1073 DPD or AMS Neve 8801?

hi there!

need some help guys!

wanted to order a neve 1073 dpd but it´s not on stock at the moment. a neve 8801 would, so does someone have experiences? where´s the difference apart from preamp/channel strip.

need at least 2 wonderful preamps. how do the 88 preamps compare to the 1073?


Old 23rd August 2007
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Havent tried any of the 88 series stuff, but...

1073 was designed back in 1970, using only disrcret parts and big fat transformers, and has that classic big and warm Neve sound. The 88 series stuff on the other hand is new Neve stuff. Not so sure about the design, but have never been that impressed by any newer stuff from Neve (I.e. the stuff they built from 80s and onwards).

Hm...not much help though....

Old 23rd August 2007
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Look at the Portico series by Rupert Neve.
Old 23rd August 2007
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Get the 8801 it's avery usefull and great Neve sounding pre with great EQ and again useful comp (hard sound/but punchy)with gate and expander...gee all in one box. The DPD is only stereo pres.
If I didn't have 2 x LTD-1, I would have bought it.

Old 18th January 2008
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I bought an 8801 a few days ago and have tried it on bass and guitar thru the DI and using a Rode NT1 to record my Martin acoustic guitar thru the mic pre. I'm pleased with the results and after using it for only a few hours. Haven't tried the expander / gate section in anger yet but I have used the compressor to tame the dynamics a little and the eq on the mic to add a bit more presence to the upper mids. The recordings sound big, warm and balanced. I was after an old AMEK CIB but couldn't find one second hand but this is basically the same thing. I wouldn't want the portico stuff to be honest, if I was going that route I'd opt for the api lunchbox. In summary though I think it's great on acoustic guitar, gtr / bass thru the DI and I couldn't be happier. I'm buying another one to use for mixdowns and will probably get it with the digital option.
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