DMT Rentals Adds AMS Neve Channel Amplifiers

Aug 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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DMT Rentals has added to its inventory of state-of-the-art converters, recorders and outboards with the recent purchase of two vintage AMS Neve Model 1081 Channel Amplifiers, which are combination mic preamplifiers and EQ modules.

Pictured: DMT Rentals president Bruce Botnick with the new AMS Neve Model 1081 Channel Amplifier and vintage tube Telefunken Elam 251microphone, which he likes to use a combo for recording and scoring sessions.

"The Model 1081 was first produced in 1972," said DMT president Doug Botnick. "The same circuit provided the mic/line amp and EQ sections in much-revered Neve consoles such as the 8048." AMS Neve has resumed production of the 1081 module, using original components and construction methods.

"Our new units are supplied as a stand-alone module," said Jayce Murphy, DMT's general manager, "containing two individual 1081s mounted horizontally in a 3U rackmounting chassis. Located on the rear panel are XLRs for the transformer-balanced I/Os, a 25-way D-type connector for solo, spare switch contacts and unbalanced outputs, plus an IEC power connector."

"We purchased the 1081 modules because they quite simply have an extraordinary sound," Botnick said. "Some clients use them on drums or guitars, some use the EQ across a main mix bus, and others want them for their overall room mics or string mics. For sure, I'll be using them on my own recording projects whenever they're available. I love the fact that the 1081s are virtually identical in every way to the originals, including the transformers, but are brand-new without the dirty switches and bad caps you find in a lot of vintage units. The 1081s are fantastic with ribbon mics too, because they can be switched to a 300-ohm input; impedance matching changes the character of vintage ribbons."

The 1081 channel amplifiers were used most recently by scoring mixer Simon Rhodes during recording dates for the new movie Radio, with composer James Horner.

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