NEVE 1081

Universal Audio made the classic Neve 1081 Eq as part of an effort to satisfy and ongoing need for classic sounding, high quality plugins. I use a wide variety of Universal Audio plugins and consider each a “weapon” in my personal studio artillery. I can’t say enough good things about Universal Audio’s commitment to the working Audio engineer. They clearly have set themselves apart with their plugins and famous hardware, heard on 1000’s of hit records and songs.  No doubt this Eq has made my life a little bit easier when it comes to achieving the classic sound I love so much.  And if you think this sounds like your stock ProTools Eq, you’re wrong.

My experience with the Neve 1081 plugin has been satisfying to say the least. I always reach for this Eq when mixing drums, Kick  and Toms come to life with this Eq, it’s ability to dial in a warm low-end and a pleasing top end is effortless.  The Filters alone are a great reason to use this Eq,  the tones that the it brings to the table are some of my favorite sounding by far. The 1081 has been my choice Eq for many mixes because of its ability to boost without getting harsh or “unmusical” sounding. Drum Overheads also love this Eq for its ability to handle the high-end in a transparent fashion. And just like the Neve 1073, the 1081 is right at home with handling high-end with ease, and without getting harsh sounding. However, the 1073 adds “Air” unlike any others I have had opportunity to use to date but the 1081 runs a close second in side by side comparison using the same source material.
Famous Engineers have a lasting love for this Eq mainly because of its classic sound characteristics and sheer ability to handling a variety of sources with musicality and ease. Chris Lord Alge recorded an Expansion Pack for Steven Slate’s Trigger Software, what module do you think was his choice to capture the samples? That’s right the Neve 1081!  When I started to use the Neve 1081, all of  sudden, challenging sound sources were easy to make sound sweet. The 1081 is just sounds different from other Eq’s that I frequently use, in my mind the 1081 stands in a class of its own here at my studio for much of my work. People always comment on my drum mixes, I know the 1081 is partly responsible for that.  I love the warm qualities it possesses, my ear just prefers this Eq over other Eq’s. The Neve Eq’s are really sweet, and are preferable to much of what I have used. You can find Eq’s that cost less for sure, BUT they probably won’t have the classic Neve sound.
4-Band EQ & High & Low Cut Filters
Produced in 1972 by Neve, the 1081 module was found in consoles like the 8048. Vintage 8048 consoles, with 1081 modules, are still in wide use today.

High shelf, parametric high and low mid, low shelf & HP/LP

The Neve 1081 EQ is a five frequency (3.3, 4.7, 6.8, 10, 15kHz) high shelf/bell EQ, a ten frequency (1.5, 1.8, 2.2, 2.7, 3.3, 3.9, 4.7, 5.6, 6.8 , 8.2kHz) hi-mid parametric EQ with two Q types, a ten frequency (220, 270, 330, 390, 470, 560, 680, 820, 1000,1200Hz) low-mid parametric EQ with two Q types, a five frequency (33, 56, 100, 180, 330Hz) low shelf/bell EQ plus a five frequency (27, 47, 82, 150, 270Hz) high pass filter and five frequency (18, 12, 8.2, 5.6, 3.9kHz) low pass filter. Other features include a –20 to +10 db input gain control, phase reverse, and EQ bypass.

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