Veteran engineers will appreciate the feel of the faders under their hands as they ride levels and make sensitive adjustments to the mix. Connection to the 8816 is straightforward analogue audio, and the sound is pristine. The Neve 8804 not only adds fader control to the 8816, it provides expanded functionality. Each 8804 channel fader has a direct output, and these can be set to pre- or post-fader. These direct outputs can then be used to feed effects units, to make separate recordings of individual elements of a mix, or for multi-track recording of signals from the 8816.