Monday, 27 September 2010

The One - 2

I know it's not really possible to have two holy grails, and I have already allocated that honor here, but here goes anyway

From the seller, who is in LA USA, and who is asking a mere £100,000

Well, here it is folks, the holy grail of large format consoles from the late 70s, the Neve 8078. This was made at the end of the golden era of large mixing desks and was the last of the fabled Neve "80 series" hand-wired consoles. They just don't get any better. There are only a handful of studios still lucky enough to be using one of these boards, and now here's your chance to own one
This 8078 is a 40 x 32 console with 72 flying faders, all Neve 31105 EQs and has been re-capped as needed. Several major hit records and mixes have been done on this console (last session on it was Justin Timberlake). Everything is in working condition. Truly the Rolls Royce of mixers, and working like a charm. Steal at $165k. (Please see another studio online selling theirs for $350k!)
Board is located in Los Angeles. Please ask all questions before buying. Obviously local pickup is preferred, but open to other suggestions as well. Get in touch via eBay or at (see below pics for more info, via Wiki, on this board)
The Neve 8078 was the last of the "80 series" hand-wired analogue mixing consoles designed and manufactured by Neve Electronics for high-end recording studios during the 1970s. Some were custom built for major studios like CBS Sony
These consoles are considered by many experts to be the Rolls Royce of desks and are highly sought after. The classic Neve sound has featured on countless hit records by artists including Steely Dan, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Chick Corea. Each console took several months to build using over 2,500 hours of highly skilled labour and top quality components. It would now be uneconomic to manufacture such equipment to this standard
A limited number of these consoles were ever made and there are now only a few select studios who have 8078 consoles still working perfectly after almost 30 years. These include Threshold Sound + Vision (custom modified with 72 Channels of flying faders, and API sidecar, formerly housed at Sony Music West) in Santa Monica, CA[1]), Long View Studios in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, Ocean Way in Nashville, Clinton Recording Studios (which houses 2 40-channel 8078 consoles) in New York City, Sound City Recording Studios (operating one 28-channel 8028 and one 40-channel 8078) in Van Nuys, CA, Cello (which is now closed)(Re-opened as East-West Studios) in Los Angeles, Royaltone Studios in North Hollywood, CA (now owned by songwriter producer Linda Perry[2]), The Site Recording Environment in Marin County, CA, and The Way Recording Studio London
Despite the recording industry’s wholesale move to digital technology, there remains a high demand for the superior sound quality that can be achieved with analogue equipment. Original Neve modules from vintage consoles command high prices in the second hand market and few serious studios are without some Neve equipment somewhere in their racks

1 comment:

  1. BTW the way studio in london uk where i record has one in great condition.