27 May 2014

Neve 1073

If there was ever a magic word in this business it would probably be “Neve”, and the Grand Master Wizard undoubtedly Rupert himself. One particularly potent mix Rupert brewed up was the 1073 Channel Amplifier in the 1970’s and it still represents, perhaps more than anything else the company has since done, that much sought-after Neve sound. Neve still manufacture the 1073 as a hardware module and as a 500 series device. Now you have another option from UAD, which is kind of refreshing its products to introduce Unison Technology versions of its plug-ins, and has released its Neve 1073 Preamp and EQ Plug-in Collection. There are many, many attempts at cloning the 1073 out in the world wide webbernet (the bundle includes UAD’s previous 1073 and 1073SE Legacy plug-ins), but UAD are claiming this plug-in as the only authentic, end-to-end circuit emulation of the genuine thing and with Neve being properly involved by providing the license it’s likely a fair call. Aside from providing presets by a host of big-name engineers, plus the usual benefits of working with plug-ins, UAD has resisted tweaking the original design with any digital extras. Versions are available for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces using that Unison technology. Videos and audio demos are online at www.uaudio.com

Australian Distributor: Sound & Music  www.sound-music.com


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