AMS Neve introduces Neve® 8424 console
Posted on: Monday 22nd of June 2020
A new console from British manufacturer: the Neve® 8424 – a “small format console with a large format sound” – based on the 80-series console range. The 8424 console is designed to fit the needs of the modern hybrid studio where the speed of in-the-box workflow is enhanced with the sound quality of analogue outboard. Designed to be straightforward and accessible to all, this versatile and powerful desk provides a centralised platform with plenty of connectivity, facilitating an ergonomic link between the analogue processing world of outboard gear, to the digital world of DAW workflow, software plugins and session recall.
Recording: The 8424’s dual-input channel strip allows for seamless switching between recording and mixing inputs without additional patching. Simple input connectivity via 24 line-level inputs, dual 1073® preamps, and dual Instrument DI channels makes the 8424 the perfect console for artists to effortlessly connect and record their instruments, and performers can record directly from the control room, taking advantage of the 8424’s dual cue mix system with talkback/return talkback capability and dual headphone amplifiers.
Mixing: The 8424 offers an analogue mixing platform with 24 DAW returns across 24 channel faders or, for larger sessions, a 48-Mix mode that allows a total of 48 mono inputs with individual level and pan controls to be mixed through the 8424’s Marinair® transformer-coupled stereo mix bus. Engineers can take advantage of the 8424’s mono and stereo aux busses to connect to their favourite outboard FX units and route them back into the console’s two dedicated stereo reverb returns. Four mono groups with 2-band shelving EQ, Inserts, and Direct Outs make this console ideal for stem mixing. The 8424 stereo mix bus gives true voltage mixing into Marinair® transformers, as found in the Neve 80-series consoles, while additional features include a Stereo Insert, 2-band shelving EQ and Neve’s proprietary Stereo Width control.
Connectivity: Each Channel, Group and Stereo Mix bus has its own switchable insert point, giving a level of connectivity to analogue outboard units only found on large-format consoles. Dual on-board 500 series slots allow engineers to customise their signal chain and build a modular hybrid recording system, all connected and centralized through the 8424 console.
Recall: The 8424 has an on-board Recall system, which further integrates the console into the modern hybrid studio workflow. This unique feature enables this analogue console to save, load, and recall all settings, faders and pot positions for on a session by session basis. With this unrestricted workflow, engineers can take advantage of all analogue features without the added worry of losing console settings and wasting valuable studio time.
“Modern small studio hybrid setups often lack analogue metering, signal routing, talkback and accurate control room monitoring options, key features that only large format studio consoles deliver,” says David Walton, AMS Neve Distribution Manager. “Our engineers wanted to put these features back into the heart of the 8424 console, giving artists, producers and engineers the professional tools required to work faster, smarter and more effectively.”
Walton adds that by providing a central hub that brings various pieces of audio equipment together, combined with a high-channel analogue summing count, the 8424 console assists the modern studio workflow, giving users the capability of working on large sessions with an easy transition from working In the Box. “In any configuration, the 8424 console offers an excellent studio control surface with comprehensive monitoring and signal routing capabilities. This eliminates the typical collection of awkwardly interfaced devices and puts a proper Neve console back in the heart of the studio.”
Key Features of the 8424 Console include:
- Two Inputs Per Channel – Seamlessly switch from Mix to Record Inputs
- Third channel strip Input for dual-layer use
- Marinair® Transformers on Mix, AFL, CUE bus for true Neve voltage mixing
- 80 – series Neve® sound in a compact frame
- Large format console Centre Section – Multiple speaker sets, dual Cue system and three-way talkback system
- Internal Snapshot system to Save/Load/Recall all console settings across multiple sessions
- 500 series slots for internal expansion options
- 1073® preamps and DI inputs with Smart Routing for recording in the live or Control room
- In-Line Console capability
- Mix up to 48 Mono Signals at once
- 25-way D-Type and Balanced Jack Inputs on rear and on front for a combination of simple and professional I/O Connection
- The 8424 is designed to connect to and utilize all of your instruments and outboard equipment, becoming the centrepiece of your studio
The price of the 8424 is £17,950 / $24,950.