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|Short Description||The sound of the world’s best recording console is now available as a 500-series format mono mic preamp module, using the exact same 88R circuitry. Transformer-coupled Mic input, electronically balanced Line and DI inputs and Line output.|
|Demo in Store||Yes|
|Valve / Solid State||Solid State|
|Channel Count||Single Channel|
|Side Chain Input||No|
|High Pass Filter||Yes|
- Stunning! Review by Dru Masters (Posted on 29/11/2012)
I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these prior to release, as an engineer friend was asked to try it, but he didn't have a Lunchbox!
I already have a pair of 1073 LBs, so I'm pretty familiar with Neve's 500 series, plus my recording venue of choice is the Hall at Air Studios, so I'm used to working on the 88 desk there.
The first thing I noticed about the 88LB was just how beautifully made and finished it is. Some of the 500 series modules can look a bit home-made (which isn't always a bad thing), but this looks really lovely - just like the desk it's based on - and much nicer than it looks in the photo here.
You can see the specs on the 'description' page, so I won't repeat them, but suffice to say it has everything you need and expect from a pre, plus a couple of extras, the most notable being the DI REGeneration button. I have to be honest and say that I didn't notice a lot of difference with it in or out, but I'm not much of a fan of DI'd guitars anyway and prefer to stick a mic in front of an amp.
What I did notice, however, is just how amazing everything sounds through the mic circuit. I love my 1073s, but for instruments (which is what I record most of the time) they can add a little too much saturation. The 88LB just sounds like I'm sitting in Air Studios (ok, without the massive natural reverb!) - everything sounds clear and transparent, but not boring, flat or clinical - the sound has life and energy, it's warm, yet not saturated... It's really hard to describe in words, but I absolutely love it!
This is now my go-to pre, which I use mainly with my wonderful AEA KU4, but also with a Coles 4038, Neumann KM184 and Brauner VM1. I use it for guitars, clarinet, accordion, hammered dulcimer, cymbals, piano, shakers, ukulele etc. Needless to say, my friend isn't getting it back any time soon!
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