AMS Neve 1073 DPX
Dual 1073 microphone/instrument preamplifier, 3-band EQ with exclusive Neve Marinair transformers and inductor-based EQ
Twice the Neve Punch
The 1073DPX has two channels of 1073 Class A design microphone preamplifiers, each with 3-band EQ (fixed HF plus two switchable bands with cut/boost capability) and a high pass filter.
Dual Modern 1073's
With two 1073 pre-amps packed into a modern, 2u 19? rack format, the 1073DPX features everything you need to record a variety of performance setups. For example, stereo micing setups such as piano or drums work perfectly through the dual-channel DPX. Alternatively, singer-songwriters can use each channel strip independently for an acoustic guitar and a vocal simultaneously.
Exclusive Marinair transformers are used on the input and output stage to produce that classic 1073 sound; the line and mic inputs are transformer-balanced.
Class A Discrete
The 1073DPX retains the discrete, class-A topology made famous by the classic 1073. Taking this technology forward, the 1073DPX uses a combination of modern production techniques, including our unique, in-house SMT. Still, crucially, the discrete audio path is constructed using through-hole methods, including mounting the Marinair transformers and class-A transistor-based amplifiers.
Unique 1073 Gain Staging
The classic 5dB stepped Elma switch delivers accurate gain levels throughout the gain range. This unique layout means there is no need for a mic/line switch; the pot itself selects the preamp and input. Three distinct gain stages provided by two independent transistor-based preamplifiers provide gain for any DI, line input or microphone signal.
High Output - Harmonic Saturation
By combining the two preamps together, the 1073 preamp can deliver up to 80dB of microphone gain, bringing out the musical drive and harmonic saturation that the 1073 is famous for.
Dual Instrument DI's
The 1073DPX features two instrument DI?s, one for each channel. This layout is ideal for capturing a duet instrumental performance in the studio without any peripheral equipment.
Front & Rear Inputs
With independent switching of front and rear inputs, the 1073DPX can be integrated into your studio, ready to use as an insert or through a patch bay, with switchable front combi-connectors for recording directly into the front of the unit.
The three-band inductor based EQ is designed for musicality. Each frequency point was carefully selected by Rupert and his team of engineers to enhance sound quality across the frequency spectrum. The custom hand-wound inductors are made in the UK and are exclusive to Neve, often exceeding our tight 1073 specification.
Unique Insert Loop
Expand the 1073DPX channel strips with the balanced, +4dBu insert send/return loop feature. This circuit is designed for ultimate flexibility with a switchable pre/post EQ insertion point. Create custom on-the-fly signal flows with any of your favourite outboard processors or stomp pedals.
Rotary Output Fader
The rotary level pots function independently, just like the two-channel faders on a Neve console. Running from -inf to +5, this control gives plenty of headroom for fine-tuning your recording signal back into the DAW.
For further precision, the 1073DPX features two independent 7-stage LED meters using PPM ballistics. Each meter displays signals between -33dB to +24dB at variable points throughout each signal chain, I/P shows how much gain is added after the preamp stage, EQ displays overall gain reduction/addition at the inductor EQ stage and O/P displays the final output gain " perfect control over signal flow for each preamp.
The 1073DPX included headphone monitoring mounted to the front of the unit. This feature provides latency-free mono or stereo monitoring for tracking and an independent preamp output for signal splitting. Additionally, it also allows you to jam through one or both channels of the 1073DPX without any recording equipment powered on.
2 independent, genuine 1073 transformer-coupled microphone preamplifier/EQ circuits, in a single 2U 19? rack-mount enclosureExclusive Neve Marinair transformers are used on each input and output stage.Convenient connections for Mic, Line & DI inputs on the front of the unit, with switchable mic/line input connections on the rear of the unitSwitchable +48v Phantom Power, Hi/Lo impedance, -20dB pad and DI ground lift on the input stageSwitchable Phase, and EQ in/outInsert send and return loop feature allows external equipment to be connected easily to the 1073DPX audio chain, such as mono/stereo limiter/compressors;Pre-EQ insert send/return " a line level send is available from the mic-preamp output stage and a return just before the EQ stagePost-EQ insert send/return " a line level send is available from the post-EQ stage and a return just before the main output stageIndependent channel output level controls7-stage LED signal level meters for each channel " can show mic/line/DI input-stage level, EQ-stage level or output-stage level up to +24dBHeadphone output with adjustable volume control can listen to channel 1, channel 2 or both channels combinedExternal multi-voltage PSUOptional Digital I/O modulePower " 48Vdc, 480mA ±20mA excluding digital module. Negative Earth
Microphone Input: Gain +80db to +20dB in 5dB steps.Line Input: Input impedance 10k?, gain +20dB to -10dB in 5dB stepsDI Input: Input impedance 10M Ohms (PAD off) / 10K Ohms (PAD on) Gain +80dB to +20dB in 5dB steps.
High Frequency: Smooth +/-16dB fixed frequency shelving at 12kHzLow Frequency: Smooth +/-16dB shelving with selectable frequencies of 35Hz, 60Hz, 110Hz & 220HzMid Frequency: Smooth +/-18dB peaking, ? xed ?Q? with selectable centre frequencies of 0.36kHz, 0.7kHz 1.6kHz, 3.2kHz, 4.8kHz & 7.2kHzHigh Pass Filter: 18dB per octave slope, switchable between 50Hz, 80Hz, 160Hz & 300Hz
Output: Maximum output is >+26dBu into 600?, transformer balanced and earth free. " Output Impedance 75? @1kHzDistortion: Not more than 0.07% from 50Hz to 10kHz at +20dBu output (80kHz bandwidth) into 600?.Freq Response: ±0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz, -3dB at 40kHz. EQ Out.Noise: -82dBu at all line gain settings (22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth)EIN: Better than -125dBu @ 60dB gain.
Width: 480mm (19 inches)Height: 88mm (3.5 inches)Depth: 356mm (14 inches)Approx. Weight: 10kg (22 pounds)
June 16, 2021
Two Channels Of Perfection
What can I say about a Neve 1073 that hasn't be said before? It is incredible on absolutely every source. Vocals feel present and thick. Guitars jump out at you. Drums saturate in a way that adds compression without losing punch. The EQ is musical and intuitive and this thing has headroom for days. Read more
My only regret is not getting one sooner. I've used BAE 1073s and other clones and was convinced "I just don't like THAT sound" but always baffled me how most of the world swears by this style of preamp. Well now it is clear to me that only Neve does Neve like Neve can! Worth every penny. Once again Mario took incredible care of me and even spent a good 45 minutes explaining all the differences between the current Neve offerings making me feel confident the DPX was exactly the right one for me.
April 28, 2021
Really impressive unit. Eq's sounds great and so does the preamp. It will give you the classic neve sound with that low end enphasis. Can also be used as an insert easily throught the line level entry. Build quality is military grade. 10/10
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