- January 21, 2023 at 1:15 pm#4418
As a classical music recording specialist, I generally go for a very clean path mic pre’s to interface to DAW, but I have a special affinity to this console. This is Murray Allen’s Neve 8048, which resided at Chicago’s Universal Recording originally founded by Bill Putnam.
I had the pleasure of learning on this console from Murray, and chief engineer Tom Miller when I was a recording student at DePaul University and then as an assistant at Universal until its closing in 1991. While there, I documented, setup, struck this console for house music producer Marshall Jefferson, many jingle sessions, scoring sessions for the restoration for Orson Wells’ Othello, and even setup for a Metallica session.
The console now resides at The Village Studios in LA where it is lovingly careered for. ❤️🎚
- January 23, 2023 at 9:37 pm#4456Bob OlhssonModerator
Quad-Eights and Electrodynes were the last of the best. Most studios never expected to move past 16 track. When clients began demanding 24, the budget they were willing to invest dropped dramatically. Tridents were also really good.
- This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by Bob Olhsson.
- January 25, 2023 at 9:38 am#4463Ryan SuttonModerator
If we’re specifically talking about mixing, I love the SSL 4000 E. The flexibility it offers is, in my opinion, unparalleled. For the music I tend to work on, I like the “bite” that the EQ and dynamics sections have. Plus the fact that you can drive the individual channels and stereo bus pretty hard.
For tracking, I’m with Mary. The Neve 80 series are my personal fav. I also have at my studio 4 channel strips from and original Trident A Range that are pretty magical on drums.
- January 31, 2023 at 9:42 pm#4490
The SSL 4000 was another console I worked on at Universal Recording in Chicago. The big joke with the SSL computer was to type ET phone home, the automation would freeze and you had to call SSL. They’d put you on speaker phone laugh at you, then tell you how to unlock it. Good times.😎
- February 1, 2023 at 9:05 am#4522Bob KatzKeymaster
Oh, Russ, I remember those primitive times!
My favorite console of all time is a classic API. Those opamps and transformers were so gorgeous. API sound is not the cleanest in the world, those opamps have a bit of grit, great for rock and to be honest I’ve seen people use them for classical music as well. But you can modify a classic API to have a clean path and a slightly dirty path, change the opamps, all kinds of things. You can even have a Neve sound inside of a classic API. Make one pair of busses be clean and one be standard API summing. Very versatile. I hate the patchbay layout, though…. Neve and SSL gozouta on the top and gozinta on the bottom is so much more logical than the American way.
- This reply was modified 5 days, 22 hours ago by Bob Katz. Reason: Updating the facts, Jack :-)
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