The new 1073 is incredible, but very DSP hungry. I run these classic plugs on guitars a lot, to make simple EQ tweaks, as well as the HP filter. I can drive these a bit to add some "analog" dirt as well. If you buy this collection, you'll be amazed at how useful these legcy 1073s are.
I listened to all three Neves and the massive passive and this one kept on being my first pick. It just sounded clearer to me. I am using this in the chain with my API channel strip now. It lets me get both flavors at once.
I own a hardware 1073 and think about selling it in because this emulation is close enough for my needs.
Both sound great, so I save the money and buy other nice gear...!
For many decades as the citizens of the Soviet Union we were granted no access to the fruits of the sound recording high technologies. And even now not every citizen of the former Soviet Union can indulge themself with Neve 1073 VST plug-in version, to say nothing of the hard version of Neve1073. I can boast using VST Plug-in Neve 1073 which I use in every project of mine and almost in every track. Mainly for vocal recording, drums, guitars. All my professional life has become divided into two big periods - "before" and "after " VST Plug-in Neve 1073... Neve â€“ the best of nothing. Alexander Kizoub "Zapoy!Record".
It took just under 1.4 miiliseconds- the time it took for my Genelec monitor's suddenly awake and happy soundwaves to hit me.....and my ears felt like they belonged to a bright young curious boy all over again.
It took me just under a minute to get on the web and buy it. Didn't even eek out the free demo period. For what? If you love sound, have I got a girl for you!!
Simply put, the Neve is now trapped in my studio, and Im never letting her out.
Well....maybe, but just a CD at a time
Masterful Job, Ladies and Gents at UA. You put the O-m-g in WOW!!
Grokking hard in the A.M.-
When i frst tried this on demo i must admit i wasn't all that impressed.
I bought the 1081 about 5 mins after trying it because frankly it's the finest EQ plug i have ever heard, no doubt the hardware is even nicer.
I recently received an email telling me that i had a coupon redeemable towards Neve plugs, seeing as i have all bar the 1073 it essentially boiled down to me being able to have the 1073 for $2!
So it's a no brainer, i bought it.
Things i didn't apreciate about the 1073 until now
1: the supremacy of the bass, whilst i haven't got any techn ical data to prove this i find that the bass from the 1073 really is second to none.
2: cut filter, i think this CF has the highest attenuation of all the Neves, perfect when you want all the bass gone (which is kind of a blasphemy with the 1073, but you can do it all the same)
Things i don't like about the 1073
1: the lack of a band between 1.6-3.2khz, for my ear this is too high a jump.
2: middle freqs, they are good but they are not in the same universe as the middle frequencies that come out of the 1081
For the human voice though i think this is perhaps one of the most perfect eq's ever made, for me though it will most likely become my first choice for drums, but for piano, accoustic guitar NOTHING and i mean NOTHING even comes close to the 1081.
All in all i'm glad i got the chance to buy it at the price i did because otherwise i would never have bothered with it!
Well Done UAD on another great emulation.
Look forward to more! (perhaps tube-techs! :D)
Great transparent EQ. The presets are an excellent starting point to tweek instruments and vox. My only wish is that I bought the duo card instead of the solo card. Good job UA!
Tim CamelBack Studios
As advertised, very transparent. I always use it on all my tracks and I'm especially impressed when used on drums on on acoustic guitar. No downside that I can see.
nice sound and clean , I think that every DAW should have a neve plug in
I was younger at my first review and more naive.
In the meantime I own a very precise swedish clone of the 1073.
The total absence of harmonics in the UAD 1073 EQ is a big disappointment.
It would have made total sense to also model the amplifying part and not only the EQ part.
When I purchased it I was young and believed I get a precise copy of the whole chain.
I would not buy it again because its just an EQ curve with the nice GUI.
In the future I will measure every plug in for its THD behavior before I buy it.
If this is not modeled correct I wont buy it.
The harmonics is the fun about the 1073 it gives the root note and the triad a nice fundament.... start from scratch UAD I paid for a 1073 model.
I little difficult to use, for me (since I am not practice in using EQ).
I have only begun to use it but oh wow! The added warmth on the low end is very sweet and it gives a lot more clarity to the whole mix. Currently I am remastering my latest tracks, it is unbelievable what this Neve 1073 plugin does, just an instance on my mastering chain after the comps, a little fine tuning on the controls and WOW! What a shocker! Big thanks to UAD... Amazing sound! I have no idea how I have survived the last 15+ years without this.
It's great to have this legacy plug to fill the void if I don't have enough DSP to run the full plugin. The EQ by itself is devastatingly powerful.
This emulation hits it on the mark. There are no 2 1073s that sound exactly alike, so anyone asking for an emulation of the 1073 to sound just like the one they had is crazy. But this one captures the intent, thru characteristics, feel, low end girth, and nuances that give the 1073 it's well deserved love in the business. At a 10th of the price, this is 95% the distance.
I use my 1073 EQ every day on everything from vocals to drum overheads. Versatile and beautiful.
Very cool. Gives you the warmth and the color you've always dreamed of.
Good job guys..
Very cool. I'm juste deceived you launched a different 1073 preamp version the day after I bought it.
….I mean the good parts! I love this EQ! It's not the most surgical but it gets you right where you want to be quickly. UA is awesome.
This unit is great for Acoustic or Recorded music, it's not bad for Electronic music, but I think it's place is with the more softer acoustic textures.
Just like the 31102, there is something about the 1073 that makes them unique but also great to work with as pair.
I honestly feel that a UA 1073 and 31102 should be in every producers/mixers arsenal.
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