Recording Studio: Classic Equipment Neve 1073

Originally launched to the recording studio in 1970, the 1073 is the first choice of leading producers and artists, delivering the unique Neve sound on some of the most famous recordings of the past 40 years. The big, punchy sound of the 1073 complements any musical genre – from rock to pop, hip-hop to rap, thrash to classical. The 1073 is a go to preamp in any good recording studio.
The Neve 1073 is probably the most famous and possibly most desirable preamp in the history of the recording studio. Designed by the Rupert Neve company in the early 70s, it has earned its place as the “gold standard” among preamps. This discrete transistor mic/line amp with 3 band EQ and high pass may not be the flattest or cleanest or fastest preamp design, but it epitomizes the “Neve essence,” endearing it to generations of engineers and producers worldwide.
Handcrafted and completely hand-wired by Neve’s dedicated professionals in Burnley, England, the modern-day 1073 is produced to the exact specifications of the original modules. Considerable resources have been devoted to the acquisition of the original components to ensure the sound remains true.  This is such a great thing because even in today’s recording studio we can still preserve that vintage sound!

Recording Studio: Neve 1073 Review

Looking for an outside opinion? Lynn Fuston at EQ Magazine performed an in-depth review of the modern-day 1073 versus a vintage model. We think you’ll find his conclusions quite comforting.
The Class A design 1073 microphone preamplifier features 3 bands of EQ, with one fixed high frequency band, two switchable bands with cut and boost capability, and a high pass filter. All Neve channel amplifiers are designed to accept signals from a wide range of microphone and line sources.
The Neve 1073 mic pre and EQ combination adds warmth and depth to recordings, brings out subtle ambience, maintains spatial positioning, and more effectively captures a precise image. That’s why the 1073 mic preamp is considered by many to be the very essence of the Neve sound.