Designed in 1972, the 1081 was originally conceived as a combined mic/line preamp and equalizer 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. We are still hand-building 1081 modules in Burnley, UK much the same way as the original modules, using the original components, hand-wound transformers, and time-honed construction methods.
The 1081 provides remarkable sensitivity, fast and musical response to transients, plus inimitable Neve equalization 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 equalizer design (Class AB)
- Hand-built and wired precisely to original 1972 specifications
- 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 600Ω; output impedance 75Ω @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
Microphone Input: Zin 300 or 1200 ohms switched,
gain +80 to +10 dB in 5dB steps.
Line Input: Zin 10k ohms bridging, gain +20 to -15dB in 5dB steps.
Both inputs are balanced and earth-free.
Outputs: Max +26dB into 600 ohms. Zout 75 ohms ±5% @ 1kHz,
balanced and earth-free. An unbalanced output 8dB below
the level of the balanced output is also provided.
Distortion: Not more than 0.07% for +20dBm output from 50Hz to 15kHz.
Frequency Response: ±0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz. -3dB at 7Hz and 35kHz.
Noise: Output noise better than -42dBm from Zin 1200 ohms and
-80dB input, giving an equivalent noise of -125dBm referred to
600 ohms input impedance fed from 100 ohms. Output noise
better than - 80dBm at all line input levels.