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Neve 8424 Brings 80-Series Sound To Modern Console

AMS Neve has launched the Neve 8424 – a small format console with a large format sound. Based on the brand’s 80-series console range, the 8424 is designed to fit the needs of the modern hybrid studio, combining the speed of in-the-box workflow with the sound quality of analogue outboard gear.

Designed to be straightforward and accessible to all, this versatile desk provides a centralised platform which facilitates an ergonomic link between the linear analogue processing world of outboard gear, analogue synths and instruments, to the digital world of DAW workflow, software plugins and session recall.

The 8424 has been optimised in such a way that it will appeal to music producers and artists working in home studios and professional recording studios, or educational facilities needing to record, mix, monitor and master music quickly.

The 8424’s dual-input channel strip allows for seamless switching between recording and mixing inputs without additional patching. Simple input connectivity via 24 line-level inputs, dual 1073 preamps and dual Instrument DI channels makes the 8424 an ideal console for artists to connect and record their instruments.

Meanwhile performers can record directly from the control room, taking advantage of the 8424’s dual cue mix system with talkback/return talkback capability and dual headphone amplifiers.

The 8424 offers 24 DAW returns across 24 channel faders or, for larger DAW sessions, a 48-mix mode that allows a total of 48 mono inputs with individual level and pan controls to be mixed through the 8424’s Marinair transformer-coupled stereo mix bus.

Engineers can take advantage of the 8424’s mono and stereo aux busses to connect to their favourite outboard effects units and route them back into the console’s two dedicated stereo reverb returns.

Four mono groups with two-band shelving EQ, inserts and direct outs make this console equally as suited for stem mixing.

The 8424 stereo mix bus gives true voltage mixing into Marinair transformers – as found in Neve’s 80-series consoles – while additional features such as stereo insert, two-band shelving EQ and Neve’s Stereo Width control give engineers, artists and producers all of the tools they need to create polished, professional recordings.

Each channel, group and stereo mix bus has its own switchable insert point, giving a level of connectivity to analogue outboard units only found on large-format consoles. Dual on-board 500 series slots allow engineers to customise their signal chain and build a modular hybrid recording system, all connected and centralised through the 8424 console.

The 8424 has an on-board recall system, which further integrates the console into the modern hybrid studio workflow. This unique feature enables this pure analogue console to save, load and recall all settings, faders and pot positions for on a session by session basis.

“Modern small studio hybrid setups often lack analogue metering, signal routing, talkback and accurate control room monitoring options, key features that only large format studio consoles deliver,” says David Walton, AMS Neve distribution manager.

“Our engineers wanted to put these features back into the heart of the 8424 console, giving artists, producers and engineers the professional tools required to work faster, smarter and more effectively.”

Walton adds that by providing a central hub that brings various pieces of audio equipment together, combined with a high-channel analogue summing count, the 8424 console assists the modern studio workflow, giving users the capability of working on large sessions with an easy transition from working in the box.

“In any configuration, the 8424 console offers an excellent studio control surface with comprehensive monitoring and signal routing capabilities. This eliminates the typical collection of awkwardly interfaced devices and puts a proper Neve console back in the heart of the studio.”

The Neve 8424 console is shipping now for £17,950 / $24,950.