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5 Great Neve 1073 Emulation Plugins

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The Neve 1073 is arguably one of the most popular preamps in the history of recorded music. 

5 Great Neve 1073 Emulation Plugins

Originally introduced as part of the 80 Series consoles in the 1970s, these colorful preamps are known for their fat, warm sound and rich low end.

Vintage Neve 1073 preamps sound amazing, but their limited feature set and astronomical price tag push many engineers towards digital alternatives. In this roundup, we’ll break down the top five plugins based on the Neve 1073 to help you figure out which one is right for you.

1073 Design

The original 1073 preamps utilize a very streamlined design. In addition to a single gain control knob, which can be used to drive signals until they saturate, the 1073 also features a three-band semi-parametric EQ and selectable high-pass filter. 

The top EQ band controls a fixed shelf at 12 kHz. The midband controls a bell curve with selectable frequencies at .36, .7, 1.6, 3.2, 4.8, and 7.2 kHz. The low band controls a shelf with selectable frequencies at 35, 60, 110 and 220 Hz. The selectable high-pass filter can be set at 50, 80, 160 or 300 Hz. Each band offers +/- 16 dB of gain.

About the audio files …

We put some of our favorite 1073-style plugins through the paces on drums, bass, guitars and vocals with the following settings:

Drums

  • HPF at 50 Hz
  • +4 dB at 110 Hz
  • +2 dB at 1.6 kHz
  • +2 dB at 12 kHz

Bass

  • HPF at 50 Hz
  • +4 dB at 60 Hz
  • +6 dB at 700 Hz
  • +6 dB at 12 kHz

Guitars

  • HPF at 80 Hz
  • +4 dB at 110 Hz
  • +8 dB at 3.2 kHz
  • +4 dB at 12 kHz

Vocals

  • HPF at 80 Hz
  • +2 dB at 110 Hz
  • +4 dB at 3.2 kHz
  • +2 dB at 12 kHz

Here are the unprocessed audio files …

 

Drums

 

Bass

 

Guitar

 

Vocals

 

UAD Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Collection

UAD offers “the only authentic end-to-end circuit emulation” of the Neve 1073. The UAD 1073 captures all of the original’s unique circuit behaviors, including all 10 clipping points from the preamp and EQ stages for that classic gritty class‑A saturation.

The UAD 1073 also utilized UAD’s Unison technology, which allows you to use the plugin while tracking.

In terms of features, the UAD 1073 sticks very closely to the original design. The only new features are an impedance switch and a switchable -20 dB pad.

Drums – UAD

 

Bass – UAD

 

Guitar – UAD

 

Vocals – UAD

 

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“The Sound of ’73” – UAD Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection

The Neve 1073 is arguably one of the most popular preamps in the history of recorded music.  Originally introduced as part of the 80 Series consoles in the 1970s, these colorful preamps are known for their fat, warm sound and rich low end. Vintage Neve 1073 preamps sound amazing, but their limited f

Slate Digital FG-73 Preamp + FG-N EQ + VCC

Slate has a plugin for everything, and in this case, they actually have three plugins dedicated to emulating the legendary sound of the 1073 preamp. 

First, the FG-73, available as part of the Virtual Console Collection, offers simple drive and trim controls for emulating the dual-stage red band preamp of the 1073.

The FG-N, available as part of the Virtual Mix Rack 2.0, is a modified version of the 1073 EQ with variable frequency controls and an additional midrange bell. It also features a variable gain control with an optional “drive” button for added grit — similar to the FG-73.

Finally, the Virtual Channel and Virtual Mixes plugins, both available in the Virtual Console Collection, feature Brit-N settings for emulating the channel circuitry and summing characteristics of using running a signal through a Neve console.

*For the purposes of this test, the VCC (in Brit-N mode) and FG-73 plugins were used with settings at default. Drive set to 6 (10 o’clock); Input and Out set to zero. The FG-73 is set to 20 (the minimum setting).

Drums – Slate

 

Bass – Slate

 

Guitar – Slate

 

Vocals – Slate

 

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The Neve 1073 is arguably one of the most popular preamps in the history of recorded music.  Originally introduced as part of the 80 Series consoles in the 1970s, these colorful preamps are known for their fat, warm sound and rich low end. Vintage Neve 1073 preamps sound amazing, but their limited f

McDSP British-E

6020 Ultimate EQ is a collection of ten 500-series style equalizer models, including the British-E EQ, based on the 1073. Although the British-E is only a small portion of what this powerful plugin has to offer, it does an amazing job of emulating the sound of Neve EQs. 

British-E features more versatile filter shapes than the original design with three fully variable bands: a high-shelf, a midrange bell, and a low shelf. It also includes a fully variable high-pass filter.

The most unique thing about this plugin is that it does not include markings for frequency or gain controls, forcing you to rely on your ears. For these examples, I attempted to match the settings as best as I could by ear.

Drums – McDSP

 

Bass – McDSP

 

Guitar – McDSP

 

Vocals – McDSP

 

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The Neve 1073 is arguably one of the most popular preamps in the history of recorded music.  Originally introduced as part of the 80 Series consoles in the 1970s, these colorful preamps are known for their fat, warm sound and rich low end. Vintage Neve 1073 preamps sound amazing, but their limited f

IK Multimedia EQ 73

The EQ 73 by IK Multimedia is a “true to the original” reproduction of the 1073, including all of the gain stages, circuit designs, EQ curves and preamp behaviors. IK have also emulated the preamp/EQ interaction, which “truly defines why this unit was so special,” according to them.

Aside from the addition of stereo and mid-side processing, the EQ-73 also stays true to the original feature set.

Drums – IK Multimedia

 

Bass – IK Multimedia

 

Guitar – IK Multimedia

 

Vocals – IK Multimedia

 

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The Neve 1073 is arguably one of the most popular preamps in the history of recorded music.  Originally introduced as part of the 80 Series consoles in the 1970s, these colorful preamps are known for their fat, warm sound and rich low end. Vintage Neve 1073 preamps sound amazing, but their limited f

Acustica Audio GOLD2

GOLD2 is much more than a simple preamp emulation. It includes six different equalizers, two compressors, seven preamplifiers and advanced routing emulations. 

The GOLD2 package includes individual plugins for the preamp, EQ and compressor modules, as well as a channel strip version. Each plugin also includes a zero latency or “ZL” version for use during tracking.

While GOLD2 doesn’t introduce any new features to the 1073, it offers circuit emulations for several Neve consoles for added versatility.  

*For the purposes of this test, only the H073 module and H073 summing were used. 

Drums – Acustica

 

Bass – Acustica

 

Guitar – Acustica

 

Vocals – Acustica

 

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The Neve 1073 is arguably one of the most popular preamps in the history of recorded music.  Originally introduced as part of the 80 Series consoles in the 1970s, these colorful preamps are known for their fat, warm sound and rich low end. Vintage Neve 1073 preamps sound amazing, but their limited f

Honorable Mentions

This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are dozens of emulations of 1073-style preamps and EQs.

Waves have an excellent version designed by the legendary Andrew Scheps called the Scheps 73. It offers the exact same controls as the original with the addition of “a little-known 10 kHz midrange band discovered in the original 1073 schematics but operable only on the rare 1078 channel strip.”

The Stillwell 1973 Equalizer is a very affordable 1073 “tribute”. While it doesn’t model the 1073 exactly like many of the other plugins on this list, it “takes the best features and reduces them down to their essence.”

Unique Recording Software’s N-Series EQ does a great job of capturing the 1073 sound, but it also utilizes features from multiple Neve modules. The URS N4 offers four fully parametric EQ bands, as well as high-pass and low-pass controls, and a gain knob for dialing in distortion.

And that’s just scratching the surface! What are some of your favorite Neve 1073 emulation plugins?

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Lindell Audio 80 Series

Overview

One of the most beloved consoles emulated to the core – Neve 80 Series Console and 80 Series Mix Buss emulations.

Lindell Plugins is proud to bring you their exacting emulation of the original 1073/1084/ 2254 and 1272 line amplifier module into your DAW. One of the classic hand-wired mixing consoles made by Neve Electronics, the 8028 is a truly magical desk on which countless seminal records have been cut in the last 30 years; think Queen, David Bowie, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Slipknot – the sound of this analog legend is nothing short of extraordinary. In the Lindell 80 Series, you will find aggression and power to make your records sound as analog as possible.

Dating back to 1969 when it was first brought to the market, the 80 series analog mixing desks attained somewhat of a cult-like status due to their uniqueness and rarity. Known for their breathtaking depth, pristine high end and rich definition, the individual modules that comprise these desks have stood the test of time. It’s no wonder that institutions like Sound City Studios, Oscilloscope Labs, Electric Lady Studios and Sphere Studios have relied on the sound and features offered by this desk.

Lindell 80 Series Channel brings the sound of this desk into the digital domain. Track, mix and master your records with this particular Neve flavor and achieve the thick tone only made possible by the individual components found in the original channel strip.

To complete their new console offering, Lindell Audio has licensed the patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT, US Patent No. 10,725,727) from Brainworx in order to provide an authentic analog experience in the digital realm. Mix your songs with 32 different channels in order to replicate the various component tolerances found in the original hardware. As part of the PA family, Lindell are also offering a work-flow and feature set with this new TMT console, which will feel very much familiar to all users of the current bx_console line.

Legal Disclaimer: The Lindell 80 Series was developed by Lindell Audio using its own modeling techniques, and one of the products studied was the Neve 1073, 1084/2254 and Neve 1272 (Buss). Neve is a registered trademark of AMS/Neve Inc., which is unaffiliated with Lindell Audio. AMS/Neve have not licensed any intellectual property for use in the Lindell 80 Series, nor have they endorsed or supported the Lindell 80 Series in any manner.

Features

Lindell 80 Series Channel

  • Vintage sound of the 1073/1084/2254 in your DAW
  • Featuring TMT (US Patent No. 10,725,727)
  • Bring the sound of the 8028 Neve console into your ITB projects
  • All the roaring power of the world's most beloved mic pre - the 1073!
  • True analog algorithmic emulation of all part components
  • Hits the sweet spot of "just right" when it comes to the tone of the mic and line transformers and the frequency selections of the three-band equalizer
  • Switch to the Neve 1084 which builds on the same basic design of the world-famous 1073, but offers a completely different palette of frequency selections.
  • Single‑sided, discrete, class‑A electronics and three transformers in the audio path of the 2254 sounds silky smooth and luxurious.
  • Auto Recovery, parallel mix control on the compressor along with THD, 32 channels of TMT and more!
  • Oversampling: from 2x up to 16x
  • GUI Zoom: Scale the plugin GUI from 70% of standard size and up to 100%

Lindell 80 Series Buss

  • Modeled from the Vintage Line Amp 1272
  • The 1272 Line Amp (1073 line driver) originally built for the 80 Series consoles
  • "Fat" Low-End Response, Extreme console mix separation
  • TMT (US Patent No. 10,725,727) & THD to offer a true analog buss processing power 
  • Beef up your individual group busses and your final mix buss to get the rich and smooth tone of the renowned Neve hardware

 

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Eryck Bry

    Eryck Bry

    With warm lows and smooth highs this easily became one my favorite channel strip plugin! It’s extremely simple to use, has character and sounds really good! This is one of those plugins that… Read More

  • Tobias Lindell

    Tobias Lindell

    This is a product I am super passionate about, and it’s the first of it’s kind in the market.

  • Dylan “3-D” Dresdow

    Dylan “3-D” Dresdow

    The Lindell 80 Series Buss and Channel has that classic 70’s musicality instantly. You’ll quickly find yourself picking out your favorite channels for your favorite tracks.

  • Thomas Plec Johansson

    Thomas Plec Johansson

    The Lindell 80 Series is by far the best emulation of this British classic that I've ever come across. The EQ's and filters are spot on not just capturing the frequency response of the originals… Read More

  • Lucas (Luke) Pimentel

    Lucas (Luke) Pimentel

    The 8028 is the missing piece in my sonic puzzle. It has the character and texture that everyone relates to when the word analog comes to mind. Having both 1073/1084 accessible with a single… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Lindell

    Increíble, nunca pensé que un plugin podría sonar de esta manera, super recomendables
  • Easy to use, maximum effect

    This has been a go to plug-in when ever I work with drums. Mostly working with GGD and it still gives me a lot of control as a drum bus tool. Haven't hit a sound I couldn't work with so far!
  • My favorite!

    Maybe not as versatile as the 50 Series, and probably not as friendly to see the parameters, but this channel strip became my favorite. It has more character, more vibe. It puts a smile in my face… Read More
  • Straight awesome.

    Wow. Just began a mix by placing it across all of the channels, it has brought some serious weight and texture to everything it has touched. Put this to work on your music, you won't be sorry.
  • 80 Series TMT of beef

    This is a classic console with TMT is a beef... I drop it on most of my tracks. My main instrument is a Squier 5 string bass... With this one, it's sound like a $3,500 - 61Fender Jazz bass. Really… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 11
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

With the Installation Manager, you can select, download and install just the Plugin Alliance products and formats you need for your system.

ChangeLog

Lindell Audio 80 Series - Changelog

Version 1.0.3 (Mar 11, 2020)
- CHANNEL, BUS - Crash in ProTools when automating Bypass, using small buffer size and oversampling.

Version 1.0.2 (Feb 3, 2020)
- CHANNEL, BUS - Removed read-only meters parameters.

Version 1.0.1 (Dec 18, 2019)
- CHANNEL, BUS - THD knob was noisy
- CHANNEL, BUS - Plugin settings were overwritten by the loading of the "current preset" in some VST2 hosts (Cubase, Studio One)
- CHANNEL, BUS - There was an undefined behavior and potential crash when using TMT.
- CHANNEL, BUS - Some filters didn’t work correctly with a sample rate lower than 44100.
- CHANNEL - Fixed potential origin of a crash when bypassed
- BUS - There was still noise when the fader was at the lower position
- CHANNEL, BUS - Added label units (dB, Hz, ...) to parameters in VST / VST3 formats

Version 1.0 (Nov 20, 2019)
- Initial released version

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Thumbs upWhat's the Best Neve-type EQ Plugin Out There?

Hi!!

I'm looking for a Neve-type plugin that is closest to the hardware version. There are lots of options out there, and I'm confused and overwhelmed.

I'm hoping to find one that nails the sound, but is affordable . . . preferably without needing hardware or dongles/iLoks of any kind.

Thanks!

Gear Nut

Be prepared to be even more confused and overwhelmed by the time this thread fills up with every Neve plugin ever released.

I like the UAD 1084 but that's out of your prerequisites.

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Sonimus Burnley...could go on and on. If you search, you'll find all the same answers and just demo as many as you can and grab the one that sticks with you the best.

IMO UAD has the best Neve eq’s, but from your post that won’t work for you. The Waves Scheps 73 is pretty cool- I don’t own it but I demo’d it. I liked my UAD 1084 and 1081 (a UAD Neve eq emulation) better, but probably because I was just used to the sound of those.

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NoiseAsh’s Need 31102 is a lot of fun and quite versatile with it’s preamp section and M-S capabilities... is it a totally accurate N-style EQ? I have no idea since I’ve never used a Neve console. It does however not need a dongle and sounds fantastic though. It’s exciting sounding... not conservative or smooth. Very big soundstage and has a real tough sounding edge... almost a “dangerous“ sounding EQ.

PA's Lindell 80 is a great channel strip, and has very good sound, but the eq feels constraining for modern standards. Regarding eq, I highly recommend AA's Gold. As for whole channel strips, I like Lime the most, Navy has some nice preamps, but doesn't see much use here (all three are based on Neves). As always, AA's plugins are huge cpu hogs and there might be usability issues (like a lag between knob movement and sound change).

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Originally Posted by jpanderson80➡️

Burnley73 works for me. Simple, fast workflow, good saturation, light CPU.

All the various flavors are similar. Pick one that sits well with you and move on!

I demoed that one and that didn’t last long once I also tried the 31102 EQ. It was all over at that point. I have Lindell 80 and never really use it because I always seem to prefer the 31102.

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Originally Posted by random musican➡️

PA's Lindell 80 is a great channel strip, and has very good sound, but the eq feels constraining for modern standards. Regarding eq, I highly recommend AA's Gold. As for whole channel strips, I like Lime the most, Navy has some nice preamps, but doesn't see much use here (all three are based on Neves). As always, AA's plugins are huge cpu hogs and there might be usability issues (like a lag between knob movement and sound change).

gold is a winner for sure

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One more for the Sonimus Burnley 73

Any NEVE product from UA is your best choice.

OR

Get the Softube Console 1 with the British Class A

None of those other emulations are better than these

Please be aware that most likely if someone suggests a product it may come with some bias so please demo for yourself.

- Acustica Audio Gold - Full of Neve eqs, preamps, and compressors

- Acustica Audio Navy - Full of more modern Neve eqs, preamps, compressors ( I think on sale right now)


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- UAD - Universal Audio has a few Neve pieces.

- T-Racks - Eq 73

These are the ones I would try first. But I'll mention Overloud EQ84 as well as sometimes their stuff is pretty good and I havent seen it mentioned.

Sonimus Burnley 73 does it in a way like no other... So that's always my go-to

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