AMS Neve 8816 Summing Mixer
The AMS Neve 8816 Summing Mixer is a 16 channel mixer which gives you the legendary Neve sound at an accessible price.
Every 8816 is hand-built and hand-wired at the Neve factory in Burnley, England using the same transformers as the classic 80 Series console and with two custom Carnhill transformers on the stereo mix bus output to give it that classic Neve sound.
The Neve 8816 is a 16 input channel summing mixer with +15dB gain, level, pan, cut/solo and cue controls. Each channel has it’s own insert / return chain for adding outboard effects to individual sounds accessed via two 25-pin D-sub connectors. You can also add inserts to the mix bus via INS Mix button. As well as these mixing controls the 8816 also provides control room monitoring facilities, allowing main and alt speaker systems to be selected and a total of 4 monitoring sources. A built in mic is available for talkback with the option of plugging in a footswitch, and there are 2 stereo headphone out sockets one at the front and one on the back.
One of the stand out features is the W button which adjusts the relationship between the mid and side components allowing you to enhance the stereo image of your mix in a way that was before reserved mainly for mastering engineers. Finally all the settings on the Neve can be stored and recalled using the supplied Recall software which once installed communicates to the mixer via a USB lead connected to your computer.
There are optional extras available for the 8816 too, firstly in the form of a high quality analog to digital conversion card based on the Burr Brown PCM1804 converter chip. This gives you a crystal clear digital output of your mix at sample rates of up to 192kHz. Another optional extra available is the 8804 fader pack which features 16 long-throw channel faders with associated mute switches. Each channel fader also has a its own direct out for routing signals adding extra connectivity.
The main features of the Neve 8816 Summing Mixer Include:
- Total Recall stored via USB
- 16 input channels plus aux additional inputs
- Cue, Level, Pan, Solo and Mute controls
- Classic Neve analogue transformer mix buss
- Mix Insert points
- Various solo and solo in place functions
- Exclusive Stereo Width Control
- Insert Mix function
- Separate Monitor and Cue levels
- Main and Alt speaker outs
- Built-in talkback mic and 2 headphone outputs
- Optional digital output card / Fader Pack
- Units can be cascaded for multiple output
- 2 rack U high with special shielded power supply
Written by; Joe Fields
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