Neve 1081

Neve 1081

Classic 4-Band Mic Preamp/Equalizer Daily Rate: $50

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Designed in 1972, the 1081 was originally conceived as a combined mic/line preamp and equaliser section for the Neve modular consoles. A glance through the credits on today's platinum-selling albums reveals that these vintage consoles are still widely used to great effect, confirming the 1081's status as a truly classic component in a recording front-end or mixing environment.


The 1081 provides remarkable sensitivity, fast and musical response to transients, plus inimitable Neve equalisation featuring effective high- and low-pass filters designed to separate unwanted signal outside the passband. This gives users a flexible tool with which to shape new sounds and control any part of the audio spectrum. The curves and slopes have been carefully tailored to enable users to exercise maximum technical and artistic skill.


Over three decades of engineers have found the 1081 an indispensable tool for recording and mixing drums, bass and percussion. As with all Neve outboard gear, users are assured the highest quality signal acquisition, thanks to uncompromising Class AB circuitry, hand-wound Neve-designed transformers, and unrivalled attention to every last component and construction detail.


Legendary Neve microphone preamp and equaliser design (Class AB)

5 switchable EQ bands 

HP and LP selectable filters (18dB per octave) 

Separate 48V phantom power supply 

Solo button selects channel unbalanced output 

Neve-designed hand-wound transformers 

Both inputs transformer-balanced and earth free



Microphone Input: Gain +80db to +10dB in 5dB steps

Line Input: Gain +20dB to -10dB in 5dB steps

Output: Maximum output >+26dBu into 600 ohms; Output impedance 75ohms @1kHz 

Distortion: Not more than 0.07% at +20dBu output 

Freq Response: +/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz, -3dB at 45kHz. EQ Out. 

Output noise better than -80 dB at all line levels


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