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by C. LAURENT (2/1/2016):

The plug is very very good, the color is beautiful in the low fréquency. Good in the… Read more

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Neve 1081 / 1081SE Classic Console EQ Plug-Ins

4-Band EQ & High & Low Cut Filters Plug-In Modeled After Prized Neve 8048 Console

First produced in 1972 by Neve, the 1081 channel module was found in consoles such as the 8048. In fact, vintage 8048 consoles, with 1081 modules, are still in wide use today at classic facilities such as The Village in Los Angeles, and have been chosen by artists ranging from The Rolling Stones to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. UA’s Neve 1081 EQ plug-in is an exacting emulation of the channel module’s four-band EQ with high and low cut filters featuring two parametric midrange bands and “Hi-Q” selections for tighter boosts or cuts.

The Neve 1081 EQ is a five frequency (3.3, 4.7, 6.8, 10, 15kHz) high shelf/bell EQ, a ten frequency (1.5, 1.8, 2.2, 2.7, 3.3, 3.9, 4.7, 5.6, 6.8 , 8.2kHz) hi-mid parametric EQ with two Q types, a ten frequency (220, 270, 330, 390, 470, 560, 680, 820, 1000,1200Hz) low-mid parametric EQ with two Q types, a five frequency (33, 56, 100, 180, 330Hz) low shelf/bell EQ plus a five frequency (27, 47, 82, 150, 270Hz) high pass filter and five frequency (18, 12, 8.2, 5.6, 3.9kHz) low pass filter. Other features include a –20 to +10 db input gain control, phase reverse, and EQ bypass.




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  • Darrell Thorp

    (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)

    "I love the Neve® 1081 Classic Console EQ Plug-In. It can be a subtle EQ if you just need to brighten something up a little bit. It can also be a really dirty EQ, if you really have to dig in and try to get some character.”

    Dylan "3-D" Dresdow

    (Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson, Usher)

    “I prefer the UAD Neve 1081 to the 1073 the majority of the time. It has more bite, and tends to cut through the track more.”

    John Powell

    (How to Train Your Dragon, The Bourne Supremacy)

    “The [UAD] Neve 1081 allows me to manipulate the upper frequencies which is essential for orchestral recordings.”

    Eddy Schreyer

    (Oasis Mastering, Prince))

    “I love the Neve 1081 EQ for its power and musical sound. "

    Mike Shipley

    (Allison Kraus, Maroon 5)

    “I love the 1081 EQ ... UA's Neve stuff is exceptional, because I can get that same top end. So clean & sweet."

  • Jim Dalrymple

    (The Loop)

    "[I use] the Fairchild Compressor, Neve 1081, Neve 1073, LA-2A and the 1176 Compressor. They all give you something different."

    Ted Perlman

    (Bob Dylan, Ike Turner)

    “The Neve 1081 is brilliant! ... and I don't want to be without it.”

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "As you would expect from UA, each plug-in is visually and functionally accurate to its real world counterpart"

    Bruce Aisher

    (Future Music UK)

    "UA have taken revered [Neve] hardware and modelled it to perfection to produce a killer bundle."

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    by C. LAURENT(Monday 1 February, 2016)

    The plug is very very good, the color is beautiful in the low fréquency. Good in the vocal...thank uad Read More

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    Great for Subtle Shaping
    by S. Gough(Saturday 16 January, 2016)

    I mainly use this EQ for tone shaping rather than surgical corrections. It has a great smooth tone that is great for the wide, sweeping motions. However, the Hi Q setting can also help pinpoint the attack/body of source material for more precise shaping. Overall a great EQ to have in your… Read More

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    I like it
    by R. Gun(Saturday 16 January, 2016)

    Sounds good on drums but works on any signal. It sounds similar to Harrison c32 witch is a little better in the lowpass+highpass filters and the ultra high band. Interesting is, the Neve 1081 black one (the dsp safer) is sounding much the same as the blue one. The harrison does not, it´s… Read More

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    Simply perfect!!!
    by A. Casadio(Saturday 16 January, 2016)

    Really useful on any instrument. Especially on vocals, bass and drums. I highly recommend it to everyone ... !!! Play good notes. Alberto Read More

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    Multi Use Musical EQ
    by A. Marlowe(Friday 15 January, 2016)

    It's really a pleasure to use this very musical EQ plug-in, it's punch and presence, and also the tonal effects of the gain, nice work, thanks UAD! Read More


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Features & Specs

Neve® 1081 / 1081SE Classic Console EQ Plug-Ins


  • Exclusively Neve licensed/UA modeled 1081 EQ
  • Derived from revered 4-band 8048 console EQ
  • High shelf, parametric high and low mid, low shelf & HP/LP
  • Adjustable frequency high/low shelf, switchable to bell curve
  • –20 to +10 dB input gain control
  • Neve 1081SE ‘DSP-lite’ version yields higher instance count
  • Original RAF cosmetics & concentric controls
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

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