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AMS Neve 1081R Air Mic Preamp

by Neve
£1,194.00 inc. vat
£995.00 ex. vat
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AMS Neve 1081R Air Mic Preamp

The Neve 1081R Air Monserrat is a digitally controlled mic preamp based on the preamp section of the highly coveted Air Montserrat Console, renowned for its transparency.

The 1081R Air preamp uses a toroidal transformer, specially chosen for providing a low noise floor, wide bandwidth and a stunning level of detail essential for ambient recordings. The 1081R is particularly suited for ambient mic techniques with greater output level than the regular 1081R as well as a more open sound while keeping its typical Neve sound signature.

The Neve Air Montserrat console was originally designed for George Martin’s Air studio in the Caribbean island of Montserrat in 1977. It featured 24 tracks and 56 inputs and used toroidal transformers instead of the standard Neve transformers. The mic preamps were remotely controlled via a phantom current signal. These preamps provided headroom of +26dBu with super low 0.003% THD and a frequency response from 40Hz all the way to 100kHz.

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  • Input Impedance: 1.2k Ohm, @1kHz
  • Gain: +20 to +70 in 5dB steps
  • Distortion: not more than 0.025% for 20dBm output from 20Hz to 20kHz @ 60dB gain
  • Noise: (22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth) EIN better than -125dB @ 60dB gain
  • Microphone Maximum Input Level with ‘pad’ in: +24dB
  • Max Output: +26dBu into 600 Ohms
  • Output impedance: 50 Ohms +/-5%@1kHz, balanced