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NEVE 33609
Old 5th November 2003
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NEVE 33609

Ok..

I have a line on one of these puppies.

Are they really as cool as people say?

Do the different models really matter?.. like i heard that the blakc discrete ones are the pick of the bunch. Im thinking that this will be my main comp for everything for my mobile rig. I was trying the STC8 but it jsut wasnt giving me what i wanted... its great and all but not enough Ju Ju for me... oh well later for that.

This particular one is from 1989 and is from non smoking room

How similar are they to my much loved (3)2264's?

Let it rip i want EVERYONES .02cents worth!

Cheers
Wiggy
Old 5th November 2003
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The original 33609 and the 2264 pretty much sound similar.

The one you are probably looking at is an "A".

A little different kinda sound(not as thick) but a little clearer.

It is still useful. An excellent alternative to the STC-8 on the 2 buss.

If you want that "Neve" sound, than maybe look for an original one(with silver knobs).

If you want" 'Neve" like, than you will enjoy it.
Old 5th November 2003
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Thanx Thrill..

I will prolly shoot for it pretty soon.

Also was a good price fro an electrodyne comp? You mentioned one the other day and ive sniffed one out? what are they like any hints?

Cheers
Wiggy
Old 5th November 2003
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Originally posted by Wiggy Neve Slut
Thanx Thrill..

I will prolly shoot for it pretty soon.

Also was a good price fro an electrodyne comp? You mentioned one the other day and ive sniffed one out? what are they like any hints?

Cheers
Wiggy
Price wise, they are rare birds.

I found one on Ebay that I will try to pick up.

I like them because you can really manipulate the release and hear it. When you pin them it gives you the coolest colors.

The 2 times i tried it was on drums(a kick and snare mult) and I really liked it.

Never forgot the sound.
Old 5th November 2003
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The earlier 33609's have transformer in/out. The later ones have active balanced in/out's. I'm not sure at what letter suffix it changed. I like both although they do sound a little diferent.
Old 7th November 2003
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I like both although the neve's top end is somewhat questionable compared with the STC-8, never the less it is a fantastic unit but if I had to choose one (I actually did... it would be the STC-8 although I’d like to have both.
BTW, I’ve found that full gain or near full gain on the STC brings the unit to life, you cant be scared with it, work it baby and it would juice your mixes like never before. Gentle settings on the STC are not very interesting you must mess with it for at least a week until you start to understand the power...

Just my humble opinion.

Mac
Old 7th November 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by Paul Gold
The earlier 33609's have transformer in/out. The later ones have active balanced in/out's. I'm not sure at what letter suffix it changed. I like both although they do sound a little diferent.
Hi

Do they really? The latest one that I have had apart was the /E which is just a more productionised version of the earlier models. The circuit is substantially the same though it used a 640 instead of the earlier 440... not that it makes much difference (except in the minds of audiophiles).

The current model is a /J (for Japan) and I really didn't realise that Neve had re-engineered a perfectly good motherboard to make it active balanced in and out.

Are you sure you are thinking about the 33609 and not the mic pres used with the 88R?

Old 8th November 2003
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Originally posted by mac black
I like both although the neve's top end is somewhat questionable

Just my humble opinion.

Mac
In order to make them work on the 2 buss, you have to follow them by an EQ.

The 33609 loves the Pultecs.

Its like they were made for each other. Kick in a little 10K and its pure magic.
Old 8th November 2003
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I've only used them a few times and have no experience of the STC8 but ****, the 33609 blew me away. The model I played with was the "J" which I believe is the only model currently available new. I tried hard to **** something up with it but it is just SO smoove.

Also wiggy, I'm getting rid of loads of dead wood in the studio and knowing you do a fair bit of guitars down there, thought you may be interested in my Watkins Copycat. It's going in the trading post next week so if you're interested, PM me.
Old 8th November 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by thethrillfactor
In order to make them work on the 2 buss, you have to follow them by an EQ.

The 33609 loves the Pultecs.

Its like they were made for each other. Kick in a little 10K and its pure magic.
I agree. The crane song does open up the tops nice but i think i wanna try the S/C , it suppose to be the lick heh
And i do love 2 buss eq (pre comp though ) unfortunatly i use the o2r eq for now but am saving for massive passive or maybe ear825 or maybe prism.... before that im getting apogee/prism A/D D/A because i feel its more important.
Old 8th November 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by Geoff_T
Hi


Are you sure you are thinking about the 33609 and not the mic pres used with the 88R?

A friend bought a new 33609 about six years ago. I remember looking at the schematic and seeing no transformers. I guess I could be wrong. My memory has failed me before. Hmm.
Old 8th November 2003
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FWIW, AMS-Neve has recently expanded their outboard offerings:

http://www.ams-neve.com/prod/out.htm

They currently offer two different 33609 variants along with many preamp models. The website is still light on information, but there is a lot more available than many might think.
Old 8th November 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by hollywood_steve
FWIW, AMS-Neve has recently expanded their outboard offerings:

http://www.ams-neve.com/prod/out.htm

They currently offer two different 33609 variants along with many preamp models. The website is still light on information, but there is a lot more available than many might think.
Hi

I'm guessing here but I think the two versions are the BA640 output stage (5534 IC plus two transistors) or the 440 discrete output stage from their 1081 range.

I really don't believe that they made an electronically balanced in/out version but I've emailed AMS-Neve to confirm this.

That's how rumours start!

Old 9th January 2009
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any word on the transformers?

peace

beau
Old 9th January 2009
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I was thinking of buying a neve 33609 but i settled on the vintage design Cl1mk2
Wow is all i can say It is less expensive but i know that is a class a and a 33609 is a class a/b. Corecct me if im right.

Anyway i love it
Old 27th January 2009
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any word on the transformers?

peace

beau
here's the inside of a J.. looks like transformers to me..

Huub
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Old 27th January 2009
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thank you!!! i appreciate your help.

peace

beau
Old 27th January 2009
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I've used 33609's over the years, good, workable buss compressor. STC8's are great, SSL buss compressor's are good too. Depends on what you are looking for, they all have their uses, none are instant "fairy dust".

Regards



Roland
Old 27th January 2009
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Quote:
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here's the inside of a J.. looks like transformers to me..

Huub
Hi

Lordy, a six year old thread revived... I'd forgotten all about it. I am surprised that this site has the capacity to store all these posts and photo attachments over that period of time..... must reach a limit sometime.

And yes, whoever started the rumour about 33609's being transformerless, please check your facts before posting.

heh
Old 27th January 2009
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There is still the possibility of the jD being transformerless
Old 27th January 2009
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There is still the possibility of the jD being transformerless
Hi

Just look at the picture a few posts back.

In any case, the whole principle of any Neve compressor is to float a diode bridge between two transformers to isolate the dc path.

That would be messy with op amps and capacitors.

Why change it if it ain't broke?

God, I hate these red herring posts....

Old 27th January 2009
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I know, I posted that one, but it's a J, not JD...heh
Not like I give a crap if there's transformers in there or not... The thing sounds nice so whatever..
Old 27th January 2009
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i believe that i read somewhere that the JD is fully discrete, or it's audio path is or something, whereas the J is not.

don't quote me on this.
Old 27th January 2009
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I know something is wrong with my ears and almost 10 years might be small experience, but 33609J (the only one I tried) didn't work for me and my music.
Old 27th January 2009
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i believe that i read somewhere that the JD is fully discrete, or it's audio path is or something, whereas the J is not.

don't quote me on this.
Hi

The JD uses a BA340 discrete class AB amplifier fitted with the chunky pins of a BA440.

The J used the IC + 441/461 BA640 Class AB amplifier.

I don't think IMHO this makes a smidgen of difference to the sound.

Old 27th January 2009
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I know something is wrong with my ears and almost 10 years might be small experience, but 33609J (the only one I tried) didn't work for me and my music.
Hi

I have a friend with two Neve consoles and a big SSL room. He bought a 33609J to go with the SSL and was happy until a client brought in an original metal knob 33609 that sounded much better... mainly due to the different iron inside.

It's not often that folk get to compare different versions of units and, without that comparison , who is to know?

Anyway, I'm bowing out of this thread.... work to do.

Old 27th January 2009
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If anyone is looking for a "metal knob" 33609 shoot me an email... I have one for sale [personal collection] at the moment.

Peace.
Old 27th January 2009
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I have a "C" and love it.

When I was going to buy it my engineer and I rented three of them including this one and a "J". We didn't like the J at all - can't remember why. this one was the hands down winner. We did find that they were all different. Also rented a 2254 and while we liked it it wasn't right for our application - 2 buss mainly. Also it was expensive - 4k about 8 years ago. But I do love it.

Hope that helps. Best thing to do is get it in your room and start cranking knobs.
Old 28th January 2009
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inside 33609

33609j on your left 33609c on your right.


the big difference i can see is in the p/s section .
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Old 28th January 2009
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I have used the 33609 on every job I have done in the last 10 years. Nothing comes close to the limiter on this thing ......absolutely stunning !!!!!. I don't leave home without one.If you want color , the compressor section is your man,if you want transparent, then get Smart C2.
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