The Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection is part of Universal Audio’s groundbreaking entry into microphone preamplifier and channel strip plug-in emulation, with Apollo's Unison™ integrated mic preamp technology. This collection features Universal Audio's emulation of the world's most desirable preamp and EQ console channel module, providing the first true end-to-end circuit model of the revered Neve 1073. The collection also includes two standalone EQs (1073 and 1073SE Legacy EQs) providing all the tools needed to turn your Apollo Console or DAW into a virtual Neve mixer.
Apollo’s mic preamplifiers are digitally controlled and offer high-resolution, ultra-transparent translation from microphone to converter. While fantastic sounding on their own, these preamps are also designed as an ideal starting point to add processing color through Unison enabled mic preamp plug-ins. Specifically, Unison mic preamp plug-ins control the analog impedance and gain structure of the Apollo’s physical mic preamps — so hardware and software works in tandem to very convincingly emulate classic tube and solid state preamp designs.
Simply drop the Unison mic preamp plug-in into the “PREAMP” insert in Apollo's Console application. This enables near-zero latency recording with Mic, Line or Hi-Z inputs through the target preamp model(s). In addition to physical gain and input impedance control of the Apollo’s hardware preamps, Unison allows tactile control of modeled preamp parameters. See the "Unison" chapter in the Apollo Software Manual for more information.
Yes. Unison plug-ins can also be used as standard UAD plug-ins inside your DAW of choice, or as realtime inserts in the Apollo Console. The Unison plug-ins are great for adding color and tone with any UAD-2 hardware, but the preamp interactivity is only possible on Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo Twin (i.e., devices that have physical mic preamps). Start from the clear and punchy "more real than real" 1073 response. Turn it to a warming, class-A euphonic saturation. Push the circuit even further for audible–but never brittle–dynamically complex, harmonically rich Neve transistor clipping. Used in stereo, the 1073 adds focus, improves separation and bring your bus groups or sources to the front of the mix.
UA's all-new Neve 1073 provides the only authentic, end-to-end circuit model of the revered class-A preamp and EQ circuit, which means an extremely detailed model was made of the 1073; This starts with a Marinar input transformer model with real physical impedance switching at Apollo's input (under Unison). This is followed by the transparent analog gain of Apollo's preamp (under Unison), which interacts bi-directionally with our Neve dual transistor-preamp (AKA "Red Knob") model with non-clipped and clipped nonlinear behaviors, such as characteristic asymmetric and dynamic-duty-cycle type clipping. The three-band, active EQ's filter interactions and internal amp clipping behaviors are also modeled along with the passive low cut filter, as well as the EQ's loading of the preamp output. Finally, the plug-in also captures the non-linear behaviors of the 1073's post-fader output amplifier, the output transformer, and much more, with a total of ten different places the circuit can clip.
When physical amplification is not required or circuit non-linearites are not desirable, the 1073 Legacy EQ provides a spot-on linear emulation of the 1073's three-band EQ and passive cut filter, complete with modeled with band filter interaction. The 1073SE Legacy is nearly identical to the 1073 Legacy but is not-upsampled, providing excellent DSP efficiency for your UAD system.
In use cases other than as the front end of an Apollo interface, the Neve 1073's main workflow is not as a mic amplifier, but is used to color your signal at Line level in either your DAW or via Apollo Console’s non-integrated insert points after the mic signal has been amplified. However the Mic-Z Lo/Hi settings have modeled behaviors even without Unison, and are always available. The plug-ins can also can be used for heavy distortion of audio sources — it is the equivalent of putting line level signal into a mic level input. Use caution when adjusting from Line to Mic for this workflow, as a large jump in gain is expected!
See the above FAQ. Like the hardware, the Neve 1073 plug-in easily allows the user to send Line level signal through the “virtual” Mic input, which allows creative use of distortion to color signals.
The Neve 1073 is based on a vintage "golden unit" channel module pulled from an original Neve 8014 desk, including the original P&G output attenuator/fader.
Additional Unison Preamp and Console Parameters:
1073 and 1073SE Legacy EQ Parameters:
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