NEVE 542 Mixer by Midas
Engineer Julian Zafra talks about the Neve 542 Sidecar Mixer
Originally the Neve 542 mixer series were constructed as a compact mixing console available in a number of frame types and sizes largely for use in mobile and outside broadcast situations.I got a Neve 542 years ago. The unit was released in 1979 and it is a x8 channels sidecar mixer. The Neve 34128 mono channels utilise integrated circuits (IC’s) most coveted with a belclair transformer input feeding both line and microphone inputs with 90dB of gain and greater than 20 dBu of output level. Each channel has a phase selector and a high pass filter, and it has x3 equalization bands with selectable cutting frequencies in the mids.Not being of discreet design as the legendary 80 series of the brand the Neve 542 has earned the respect for its sound quality as well as its flexibility and possibilities offered, perfect to use as a summing mixer or a daw front end. Because of it's compact size it is easily transportable for location recording recording orquestras, drums kits or a live full bands . Been loaded with a complete master section, this is perfect to use as a remote control unit. allowing the auxiliar sendings to the musicians as well as their monotorization in the control room. The master section is loaded with an oscillator, x2 aux outs/x2 playback ins and control room monitor. Loaded with a Penny & Giles faders and Neve meters, There are not many other mixers out there similar to the Neve 542 size that can offer such flexibility and performance as that small sidecars mixer offers .Not many around in the second hand market and their owners just keep them as a gold, a very good unit that always put you a smail on your face every time that you use that. I used that to record drums kits, and also using it as a remote unit when location recordings are required out of the studio.