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In a busy corner of Hall 5.1 we found the AMS-Neve stand, showing a couple of new hardware items - the brand new 1073N, and an addition to their 500-series range, the 88R-LB
The 1073N is a faithful reproduction of the venerated 1073 module, identical in almost every way to the original and current hand-wired versions, but it has a clever trick... on the back panel are extra conectors for external power and XLR inputs & outputs, enabling the module both to be used when slotted into racks for existing 1073 modules, and used completely stand-alone.
This needed a bit of juggling with the circuit boards inside, and some changes to the manufacturing methodology, but we're assured the sound is identical to the original.
The 88R-LB is basically the pre-amp from their 'flagship' analogue console the 88R, originally launched in 2001 and resident in studios such as Abbey Road and Air, squeezed into a 500-series sized chassis - quite a feat for a module more at home in the luxury environment of a purpose-built console... it too needed some clever electrickery to pull it off.
We asked David Walton to give us some more info.
Still sticking up for the little guy after 15 years