Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Neve 8078 For Sale

I found this incredible console over on this website

Here is what they say on their website:

"Neve 8078 for sale. We are asking $225,000 obo for this HIGHLY customized vintage gem.
The console is located at Threshold Sound in Santa Monica CA. Please contact me from my contact page if you would like to make an offer and/or an appointment to view this very rare and gorgeous sounding console. Please do not contact Threshold studios as I solely represent the owners of this 8078. Only serious inquiries please. Contact -> http://songworx.com/contact-songworx/

Thank you,
CJ deVillar

Vintage NEVE 8078 Specs:
* (40) 31105 input channels with (8) Aux Sends per channel

* (16) 32425 monitor input modules (32 channels) with an additional (2) Aux Sends

* (40) Channel and (8) Group Flying Faders automated faders

* (16) Dual monitor Flying Faders

* (8) API 512 Mic Pres (in-board, patchable)

* (16) API 550 EQ’s (in-board, patchable)

* In-Board 5.1 monitoring control

* In-Board LYNX Console Control Unit

* Outboard LYNX System Supervisor for Flying Faders Machine Control

* In-Board Moss and Mitchell TT patchbay with all wiring to 56 pin elco, set-up for 96 chnls

* (48) VU meters can select Buss, line in, Monitor In (All meters actively Buffered)

* (8) Cue/Aux Send VU Meters

* (4) Quad Buss Meters

Patchbay is currently on the left side of the console. See current pic.

This NEVE 8078 was originally built for Ronnie Milsap in about 1977. It was sold to A&R
Recording after that and many sessions by Phil Ramone where done on the console. After
A&R it Wound up at Cove Sound on Long Island. It eventually found it’s way into Sony
Music Studios NY’s Studio D. Prior to installation in Sony NY all capacitors where replaced,
all send and aux pots in all channels where replaced with new clarostats, balanced meter
amps and a new Moss and Mitchell TT Patchbay where added. After a few years of use in
that facility, it was de-commissioned, packed and crated for shipping to the West Coast.
Once on location at Sony Music Studios in Santa Monica is spent 4 months in pieces being
meticulously cleaned, mod’ed and restored by Peter Barker, Sony’s Director Of
Engineering, and Geoff Tanner of Phoenix Audio (not to mention a member of the original
8078 design team). It was re-commissioned in the summer of 1999 to rave reviews. A
party held in its “honor” attracted the likes of Bob Clearmountian, Ed Cherney and Steve
Churchyard among others. Among the artists that recorded on it at Sony Santa Monica
were Elton John, Pink, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Jennifer Lopez, Train, and Destiny’s
Child.This Console performed dutifully until the closing of Sony Music’s west coast studio
operation before and then it’s current location at Threshold studio’s in Santa Monica.

Features / Mods:
In addition to the cosmetic re-fitting done in the spring of 1999 which included fabrication of
a new leather bolster, new red oak trim and re-screening the panels, a complete hardware
inspection and extensive re-furb were performed under the watchful eyes of Barker and
Tanner. This re-furb encompassed all aspects of the console with a focus on the utmost
signal integrity without losing that vintage “Neve” sound for which these consoles are so
vastly sought after. Every module was removed, cleaned
and upgraded. The monitor section was modified with balanced output drivers on each
channel to allow recording directly to tape from the monitor section. This facilitated an
increase in headroom from +18 to +26dB as well. A custom “Producers Desk” was built
into a bucket containing (8) Channels of API 512 Pre’s and (16) channels of API 550 EQ’s
(normalled to the monitor section while fully patchable), 5.1 monitoring control, Lynx
System Supervisor Control unit (allows control of up to four Lynx synchronizers), (8) 2-
Track Playback selectors and an additional (4) Shep 31105 modules, bringing the total
number of Mic inputs to 52.

Modification Summary:
* All monitor channels headroom increased from +18dbv clipping to +26dbv clipping

* All monitor channels have balanced output amp which allows send to tape

* 4T2 to 4t1 fold-down, which allows 72 channels for mixdown

* Frequency response improvement mod.

* Active meter amps with Line in, Buss, or Monitor selector

* API EQ’s with Balanced +26dbv headroom in and out

* 5.1 Monitor Control

* Lynx System Supervisor

* 4t1 Stereo Buss Insert Send/Return Circuit

* Phoenix Audio class A output stage on mix out

Included Accessories:
All Manuals, schematics and service documents, power supplies and related wiring. spare
parts, spare power supply, extra 31105, extra API EQ"

1 comment:

  1. Hello, I also like oder consoles!

    I'm currently looking for something I can expand on like the Mackie Universal but an analog board or at least a digital board that has eq knobs and many of the features old school analog boards had.

    I liked the fact that the Mackie has an expander so I can buy 8 channels at a time and keep on adding for about a grand each which means every time I get a grand I can just add 8 more and so on until I have a big board. The only thing is the mackie only has ONE knob per channel and like I said I want to be able to eq at least lows, mids and highs with knob controllers for each one on every channel.

    I love the old school Focusrite conlsoles (only ten ever made!) but WAY too expensive and I probably wouldn’t be able to afford to keep it cool lol! But the fact that you could expand it later to have more channels really appeals to me.

    Any advice on what I could buy or start to invest in that would also be compatible with daw’s?


    T. Ruiz