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Samples


Below are some samples from a comparison between a vintage Neve 1073 and the DON classics NV73.

It was recorded straight into a (Protools) Digi 192 at 96kHz 24bit .
It was recorded at the great Livingston studios in North London using a Neumann TLM170 (low output impedance mic -50ohms allowing a passive split without impedance issues or need for extra circuitry/transformers etc.

sample A
sample B

(right click, save as to download the sample wavs)


In the next test, we added either another original vintage 1073 or a NV73....

sample A
sample B
sample C

(sample A in test 2 is not necessarily A in test 1 etc..)



click here for answers (but be sure to make a guess yourself first!)

DIY KITS

NV73

Class A mic pre
DIY kit


With or without EQ addon
NV73
Class A mic pre.
3 gain stages.
Classic mic pre schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £149.
More info...
U76a

Blue face FET compressor
DIY kit


£149
U76a
Blue face FET compressor.
Revision A.
Classic 1176 schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £149.
More info...
NV73EQ addon

EQ addon for NV73
DIY kit


£129
NV73EQ addon
EQ addon for NV73.
Dual slot.
Classic EQ schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £129.
More info...
250EQ

5 band fully parametric EQ
DIY kit


With or without Omeg concentric pots
250EQ
5 band fully parametric EQ.
Dual slot - mono.
Classic 250A schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £165.
More info...