Neve® 1081 Classic Console EQ
Get the classic color of Neve’s early-’70s EQ channel module.
The 1081 Classic Console EQ plug-in expertly captures the legendary punch, presence, and sheen that has become synonymous with the “Neve Sound.”
The Neve 1081 Classic Console EQ plug-ins for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is an exclusive, Neve-licensed emulation of their iconic EQ channel module introduced in 1972.
Now You Can:
Shape your sources with the only Neve-endorsed 1081 EQ plug-in
Sculpt vocals and acoustic guitars with classic Neve character
Add warmth, sheen, and bite to electric guitars and overheads
Inject punch and presence to single drums or an entire drum bus
“I love the Neve 1081 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.”
– Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)
“I'm so happy with the Neve 1081 EQ and 1073 Preamp & EQ plug-ins. They're the closest emulations of the hardware I've heard.”
– Adam Hawkins (Twenty One Pilots, Switchfoot, Keith Urban)
December 16, 2015
Fantastic Sounding! I Use it on everything I do. If you can not get a great sound using this plugin, you have other problems. My 15 year old son tracks guitars and later eqs with this...Read More
June 19, 2013
I first looked at the classic 1073 eq model, the one everyone raves about, but thankfully I also tried the 1081 which is a much better, expanded, more capable version of the 1073 and so...Read More
July 13, 2012
plugin neve from U.A., it is better only iron, and not always. Speed of work and qualitative result!Read More
June 1, 2012
I already have the Neve 1073 EQ, and just added the 1081 EQ to my collection. This EQ is smoother and more flexible, works great on kick drums, bass, adding some sheen to vocals, and also...Read More
July 14, 2011
Ha. This is a lovely EQ. It works perfect on Drums. Easy to handle easy to understand. And despite its easyness, it can tweak a lot of winding curves. I didÂ´nt believe it first....Read More
June 16, 2011
Best on drums and vocals. More surgical than its little brother the Neve 1073 _Read More
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
Neve 1081 / 1081SE Classic Console EQ
Fantastic Sounding! I Use it on everything I do. If you can not get a great sound using this plugin, you have other problems. My 15 year old son tracks guitars and later eqs with this plugin and I have 22 years of engineering records and I'm impressed with the tones he gets with very little experience. Buy this plugin. You won't regret it.
I first looked at the classic 1073 eq model, the one everyone raves about, but thankfully I also tried the 1081 which is a much better, expanded, more capable version of the 1073 and so this is the one I went for. Even Mr Neve himself doesn't understand the fuss about the ancient 1073 and has expressed in interviews that he's created much better units since, and this is certainly one of them. If you can afford both, then why not, but if you only pick one, this 1081 delivers. I love it. It's great musical sounding eq that adds 'that' sound that you just can't seem to pull out using anything else.
A must have, hands down.
plugin neve from U.A., it is better only iron, and not always. Speed of work and qualitative result!
I already have the Neve 1073 EQ, and just added the 1081 EQ to my collection. This EQ is smoother and more flexible, works great on kick drums, bass, adding some sheen to vocals, and also for adding some weight to a snare drum. The filters are great, both the low pass and high are very useful. I should add that I have a Neve Portico 5033 EQ, a Rupert Neve designed Amek channel in a box, and have used the AMS Neve 8803 EQ. I must say that UAD really have nailed the Neve sound and characteristic when boosting the low, mid and highs, The 1073 12khz is amazing, as is the 100hz and 220hz combo boost of the 1081 EQ, these are great tools for ITB mixing and tone shaping.
This is a lovely EQ. It works perfect on Drums. Easy to handle easy to understand.
And despite its easyness, it can tweak a lot of winding curves. I didÂ´nt believe it first.
There is some influence of the bands. Turn one knob and it makes the other band sound slightly different. Forget that knowledge and technical perfecetness, you donÂ´t need to know the exact db . I works fine, thats it.
Therefore i accept the large CPU ammoth it uses in non SE version.
The SE is good for all bands but not the high one.
Ah and the bell knob donÂ´t work on 16k hi setting, its for the believers.
If you are a EQ idiot or idle, this is for you.
If you are a gourmet , this one is for you, you can hear a 0.5db changing easily.
If you make music, itÂ´s defintively for you.
Best on drums and vocals. More surgical than its little brother the Neve 1073 _
For me the best EQ I ever heared, he works perfectly for me. Big gratulations for the Team who designed this outstanding EQ.
But not only the plugs are awsome,also the support by universal audio.
I will tell what happend:
I would like to purchase the 1073, but I did put the wrong plug and buy it...
After authorization i can't believe what happend.. the wrong eq was activated !!!
So i did use the support service and wrote him my big mistake.
After a few Day's i got a new patch and the right eq was activated. Iam very luky for the help and a big thank you to the service team.
Keep up the great work
CEO Pearldiver Records
I don't normally write two reviews for a product, unless im really bored or i have sold it short somehow in my first review!
Well it's a bit of both this evening.
On my last review i pretty much left it by saying the Neve isn't suitable for mastering purposes because it lacks the parameters of an eq more suited to that "like cambridge or UA mastering eq"
Well tonight i did a shoot out between the Neve 1081 and the UA mastering EQ.
I tried to replicate as many settings, it's not entirely possible because the frequency bands are not exact to one another, but i managed to get it within 10-20 hertz so over a multitude of tests i expect this hinderance to be minimal.
OK, first things i noticed with the UAD Mastering Equalizer (UAMEQ)
Firstly for my ear it seems to add too much middle freqs regardless of settings, it was getting quite annoying once i knew what to listen for.
Second, the app isn't finished! I have demoed the AU version and when i change the plug in to controls rather than editor it doesn;t let me select the gain! So i have to go via the front panel which only has increments in like 1bd (when you go past +3db of gain)
Now considering this is a mastering EQ that is just plain wrong.
Third/fourth The low end and the high end are not nearly as good as the neve 1081 (the low end of the UAMEQ sounds like a sloppy fart in comparison.
Anyway, i've drifted a little off from what i originally wanted to say, basically if you want a mastering EQ bypass the UAD Mastering EQ and get this one, it's more than up for the task.
NeveÂ® 1081's hight shelf band is so cool
but this suit is so heavey ...
This EQ is another great one to own. Mainly because the hardware its based on is legendary! Knowing it's been used all over the place tells you that Neve sound is all over the place too! Having the ability to put some of that sound in my own work is great when I need it!
great plugin, but not on the master bus! on master there is only use using thru bus:)
UAD are the best! Period
Very nice plugin! Very musical EQ.
I'm about to buy another OCTO card to use more UAD plug ins! Thank you UAD.
Virtuel et alors...
On retrouve vraiment bien ce médium caractéristique des tranches Neve.
C'est doux voir très doux, pour ne pas employer le mot chaleur.
Cette tranche est complète.
Impossible de mal égaliser avec ces EQ d'UA.
La coloration est belle et bien faite.
Le top sur les drums et les voix. Fantastique...
Alls I can say is equalizith Wickedith
Five stars are not enough!
I am working as a composer and sounddesigner for decades and can truly say, that this is one of the best sounding hardware emulated character EQs I´ve ever used. A must have!
My Best Gear
It is easier to use than 1073, this is the best gear on one unit
My Best Gear
It is easier to use than 1073, this is the best gear on one unit
A vintage EQ before it’s time!!!
The Neve 1081 was definitely before it’s time. I think that it was introduced in the year that I was born... 1972. Another reason that it’s near and dear to my heart.
It’s so musical and full of quality character. You can actually do some minor surgery also if need be. I use it on the way in through the Apollo Console and in my mixes. My go to chain now is mostly The Neve Pre, 1081 and one of the classic compressors depending on the application. You can use it on anything!!! I’ve never been more satisfied with a vintage EQ...
Very Good, And Less Maintenance Than The Real Thing
The 1081 is a very good sounding EQ!
So useful for just about anything non surgical.
Drums, guitars, vocals, piano, adding a bit of air, strings.
The 15k shelf has always been one of my favorite things, and the 56Hz bell on a kick is meaty.
Doesn't seem to quite have the balls of the hardware, although the switches don't crackle or drop out as you move them.
I think, this is the best EQ in my plug-in arsenal. It is also light enough that I can run several instances in Console, and that makes it perfect for tracking. I can now add that sheen and neve texture to snares, bass, guitar, vocals, well, anything.