These rare Neve 33415 mic/line modules come from the personal studio of the owner of Dangerous Music. They have been fully serviced by one of the finest technical teams in the industry, and perform at or beyond the original factory specifications. Price is for the pair.
This pair of Neve 33415 mix/line amps were owned by Bob Muller of Dangerous Music. If you’re familiar with Dangerous gear, you know that it’s based on mastering-level transparency*. So what’s Bob doing with Neve 33415 mic/line amps? Glad you asked. Before he began making gear, Muller had a recording studio in Manhattan, NY not un-coincidentally known as Dangerous Music (probably something to do with the neighborhood it resided in on the lower east side, aka Alphabet City). Dangerous Music was a traditional Neve console/Studer multi-track tape setup. As such, Bob is no stranger to the Neve sound. As the digital revolution took hold, Dangerous shifted focus to making gear. The concept of which was to make up for the workflow and sound quality that DAWs fell short on at the time. As such, a common trick to add body and character to a digital recording was to run a final mix through a pair of analog transformers, similar to the audio path of a console, which is what the Neve 33415’s are mostly used for; a final stage after an analog master bus to print the final mix (also as a line driver after a mic preamp for enhanced high and low end, plus some grit). They can also be wired to function as a mic preamp with phantom power and approximately 50dB gain.
Neve 33415 mic/line modules—Just the facts:
- Rare mic/line modules from the Neve 8078 console
- From the personal studio of Bob Muller, owner and founder of Dangerous Music
- Fully serviced by one of the finest technical teams in the industry
- Performs at or beyond the original factory specifications
Neve 33415 Mic/Line Modules—Under the Hood
The Neve 33415 was the line amp found in the 8078 Neve consoles, which was used for gain makeup in the summing matrix**. They feature the BA 440 output amplifier and the T1751 (Marinair) tertiary output transformer, which makes them sound a little more dynamic than the 1272 line amps found in the earlier 80-series Neve consoles. According to Aurora Audio’s Geoff Tanner, former Head of the Electrical Design Drawing Office at Rupert Neve & Co. Ltd. (before its sale to AMS): “The basic configuration of 10468, 438/638 pre, 440/640 output amp, tertiary-wound output transformer (with obligatory 600 ohm load) is similar to the 1091, 1093, 1095 and 31105 Neve channel amplifiers... the first two being from EMI-Neve consoles, the second from the Utopia consoles, and the third from the 8078.”
*PAD For The Record—Dangerous Music has a reputation for mastering-grade transparency due to the experience and expertise of Chris Muth, Dangerous Music’s product designer. These high-fidelity, uncompromising signal paths are achieved by harnessing over 20 years of Chris Muth’s mastering design wizardry; creator of infamous custom black boxes for world-class facilities such as The Hit Factory, Masterdisk, Absolute Audio, and Sterling Sound.
**PAD Tech Note: The summing matrix of a recording console is, in essence, a resistive network that combines signals from all channels and sums it to a stereo pair. The resistance of the summing bus reduces gain by about 40dB. The line amplifiers, such as the Neve 1272 and 33415 compensate for the loss of gain in the summing matrix, bringing the signal up to nominal operating level for the main L/R bus.