The Neve 1081 replicates the mic/line preamp and EQ modules from classic Neve consoles. These lush, warm channel strips deliver 4-band EQs, impressive preamp tone and persona and quality that have remained a popular choice for well over 40 years.

The Neve 1081 is a microphone preamp and EQ, first produced in 1972 to provide the mic/line amplifier and EQ section in classic Neve consoles [link?]. These units were a beloved by many great producers of the 1970s, and were re-released by AMS Neve in in the new millennium. Incorporating the same classic transformer balanced pres, the re-issues deliver tone and quality that is on par with the originals. 

Featuring XLR I/O, phase reverse, EQ in, line input, switchable impedance and all the features and frequencies of the original, the Neve 1081 mic preamp brings everything out of the microphone in a full and attractive way. Its EQ provides 4-bands with additional variable high and low pass filters, and also also has a peak/shelf switch for high and low frequencies with a Hi Q selection on each of the mid bands. 


Today, the 1081 Classic is available either as stand-alone modules or in rackmount configurations.

  • Legendary Neve microphone preamp and equaliser design (Class A) 

  • Hand-built and wired precisely to original 1972 specifications 

  • 5 switchable EQ bands 

  • HP and LP selectable filters (18dB per octave) 

  • Separate 48V phantom power supply 

  • Solo button selects channel unbalanced output 

  • Neve-designed hand-wound transformers 

  • Both inputs transformer-balanced and earth free 

  • Microphone Input: Gain +80db to +10dB in 5dB steps 

  • Line Input: Gain +20dB to -10dB in 5dB steps 

  • Output: Maximum output >+26dBu into 600 ohms; Output impedance 75ohms @1kHz 

  • Distortion: Not more than 0.07% at +20dBu output 

  • Freq Response: +/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz, -3dB at 45kHz. EQ Out. 

  • Output noise better than -80 dB at all line levels

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