AMS Neve 1073n Review. The 1073n is an outstanding microphone preamp with incredible analogue tone and flexibility brought up to date in its own standalone housing.
Considered as a royalty brand within the audio production world, over decades of fastidious attention to detail, the AMS Neve brand has consistently produced astounding analogue music technology that makes an regular in-
Having previously been invited to the infamous Abbey Road Recording Studios, I can confirm that the 'AMS Neve' designs brand has well earned some serious respect amongst the world-
Rather commonly, your shiny new AMS Neve 1073 will arrive in your hands in the form of a rather inconspicuous brown box. In fact it would deliberately detract attention of the common individual if it wasn't for the sneaky black and red AMS Neve sticker located on the side of the modestly sized package. Slashing your way through the tape is not something that you will want to do, instead you will want to respectively keep calm as to not damage the 1073N's exterior finish, nor the external power supply that is both suspended inside with foam. Additionally you will notice that there is no physical copy of the instruction manual, instead you are presented with a CD that is partner to the warranty card. During this process I could not identify any issues with the presentation or packaging that could make your unit prone to damage in transit or liable to attract significant attention.
With a larger than life tonality that effortlessly compliments any instrument or genre that you throw its way, the AMS Neve 1073N is a standalone version of the timeless Neve 1073 microphone preamp and EQ module. With no 'critical' technological cuts to the original Class A 1073 circuitry and custom hand-
As the 1073N is still produced in England there has been no substitutions in terms of how this unit is fundamentally created, however, like its older brother, this standalone unit continues to benefit from still remaining to have a Series 80 Neve Console Amphenol connector, and builds upon this by adding an integrated DI/1/4" Jack input as well as a back-
Moving on now to the front of the unit we notice a rather useful solid grounding post that can be twisted off with the fingers, along with two individual push buttons for the EQ input and 180° degree phase reversal; if required. Instead of having a free flowing 'smooth feel' variable input pot, the 1073N has a fixed input potentiometer that extends from +20dB to +80dB for your XLR microphone input in 5dB increments, and from -
Now, with regards to the fixed low cut cut filter and the smooth 'British' EQ high frequency cut/boost, the operation is fairly straightforward. However, if you are not so familiar with Neve equipment then the mid-
I would like to start out this particular section of the review by outlining that immediately there is some audible low-
As I said previously, I definitely could imagine that a pair of Neve 1073N's working wonders with some Neumann KMS184's or U87's over a well made drum kit... unfortunately we don't have this privilege, and we are so sad that we are publishing the first unhappy smiley we have ever used in a professional review: :( . Regardless, of this we love the 1073N! We've had such fun that we threw almost everything that we had its way. At no point were we ever disappointed with its natural character, and the EQ was something else. When you get to that final mastering stage, please take some time to experiment with outputting the signal into the 1073N. We did just this because the EQ is just so damn good. Now although we had to do a bit of fiddling, the 'magic' EQ responded in a truly musical way. Placing a mix directly through without any use of the EQ naturally amalgamated the sounds into a more saturated space without losing definition/punch, and when the EQ was input we played around far too much. The end of the story here is that you can produce great results no matter what your task is. With the 1073N you're not sacrificing clarity for that vintage vibe, you seem to get the best of both worlds.
Without a doubt the 1073N is one punchy beast that isn't totally clinical like some other brands focus on, it will iron over certain smaller flaws; particularly in vocal lines, but it compliments any genres of music, and is a classic sound that continues to live and be relevant. In terms of its sound quality and performance, it is second to none. By all means throw everything you have at the 1073N, it will become that desert island pre. There isn't much else that I can report on it's performance other than what it said. It will metaphorically shine in all areas.
This is your desert island pre. No matter who you are, the Neve 1073N comes in a new format that brings legendary performance onto your tabletop. The build quality on the whole is excellent, although we do strongly feel that the EQ pots do need some tweaking so that we can give this unit an editors choice award, but ultimately this unit is currently second to none. AMS Neve have struck a home run again... in fact they smashed it right out of the ball park! The Pro Audio Web Blog awards the AMS Neve 1073N with a full five out of five rating.