The Neve Quad 4081 mic preamp builds on one of Neve’s top devices, the 1081 and its upgrade, the 1081R. The Quad 4081 offers a lot of control over your sound, especially vocals. The Quad actually takes four 1081s and merged them into one device. These are the exact same preamps that Neve has been building since 1972, and they’re just as amazing and great since then.
You can control each of these 1081s from the front panel or remotely using the Neve Remote Control software. It makes it very easy to adjust all of the different features. Each 1081 has a dial for adjusting the gain plus six buttons to activate different options. A digital display lets you easily see what the different 1081s are set on. The software functions with both Macs and PCs and can be used with various DAW systems like ProTools. You can even control multiple 4081 units by linking them together. You can create a chain of 64 different 1081s together, giving you many options.
Neve has also included an optional digital card with the Quad 4081. It provides a FireWire/AES interface for the device, giving you four channels of A/D conversion to FireWire or AES. You can use the insert point on each channel for external Outboard equipment, switching it into the signal path quickly and easily. Another option is the 19” rack mounting kit, which you can use for two 4081 units.
If you truly need a large number of 1081 units, there’s no need to buy them all separately. Since you can chain a number of 4081s together, you might as well go for convenience. The remote control option is very useful, as is the FireWire option.
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