Neve style mic pre advice

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by benny, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. benny

    benny Active Member

    Dec 14, 2004
    What are the best Neve knock-off mic pres? I've been reading good things about Vintech, Chandler, Great River, and AMS Neve. I'm looking to for something good to use on drums, vocals, and guitars.
    I'm not sure whether AMS Neve is the same company that produced the original 1073 and 1081 models that everyone lusts after. Please clarify.
  2. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    As far as I know, the Great River and Chandler are based on Neve designs, but have a different sound to them. The Vintech models sound the closest to the originals.

    Rupert Neve sold the Neve name to what became AMS Neve in 1975. They are still the official manufacturer of the 1073 and 1081.
  3. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Great River is good to use on drums, vocals, and guitars.
    This is what I think
  4. Squaysh

    Squaysh Guest

    If you're handy with a soldering iron and have a little spare time.. check out the stuff from SCA.

    I assembled the N72 and the J99 and they're simply fantastic.

  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Benny, why buy a knockoff when you can buy the real thing? And I'm not talking Coca-Cola here. One of the things that made a Neve sound like a Neve were those goofy transformers. Made by Marinar radar! So do you think that they were originally intended for audio? I don't think so. They just happen to have the right specifications that an old well-trained hard-nosed engineer needed for his circuit. That's a big chunk of the Neve sound and the reason why most of the knockoffs really don't sound anything like the originals. Most of the knockoffs probably sound better but they don't sound like a Neve. So if you just want an imitation, why not buy a Beringer?? LOL! So I would like a Cadillac. I guess I could do with a Chevy instead? Probably sounds the same? NOT

    Own a Neve. Buy a Chevy.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Those Neve's are old and probably need a little help
    ... give it to a tech that knows and you will have a Mic-pre as it was delivered
    that same tech can probably put together a unit from scratch that will suit your needs directly

    some say that a Tantalum Cap is also part of that significant Neve sound.
    Not only is there Mariner but there is Carnhill and St Ives
    there is lots of opinions out there

    AMS Neve are making some Classic gear again and don't like the various web sites dedicated to understanding and restoring and assembling these old things

    you can hear what Dan K. has to say about his Great River units at the 3dB site
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