1978 Neve Custom Music 8078 Console - Sypher IIThe console in Studio A. The same modules as an 8078, but a slightly different configuration. We call it a Custom Music BBC Console because that's what it's called on the original Neve blueprints. Technically not an 8078 but that's the closest thing. At least, you'll know what kind of modules we're talking about if I say 8078. um, right?
Geoff Tanner and Kevin Leonard were kind enough to come out here earlier this year and suss through some of the issues we were having with the desk, including adding a pre-fader insert point for the mix buss and PROPERLY add the 24-channel monitor section to the mix buss, as well as properly arrange the gain structrue of the desk. The results were AMAZING. Geoff claims it's one of the absolutely quietest Neve desks he has ever heard. He also mentioned that he thinks that this desk has an insane amount in common with the EMI Neve desks. Oh, and that it's probably the last "real" Neve console ever built.
This is a 28 channel frame, but it's been modified so that the 24 monitors are in use as well, totaling 56 channels. The Uptown automation got pulled out of the Kinks' 8038 console, so it's just basically kind of awesome all over. It's also just been completely recapped. There are 3 Neve 'width modules' here, as well as a parametric 1073-style eq on the mix bus, along with a handful of on-board Neve 32264 compressors and telephone filters. I think there's some extra hi/lo pass filters there, too. If you need extra eq on those 24 monitor channels, you can patch into the BCM-10 (10 channels of 1079) and borrow some eq, or use any of the rack eq (API, Lang), or use some of the 1081 Neve modules' eq. See? You've got plenty of options. Don't complain to me about it only being 28 channels. Previously installed at Fort Apache in Boston, MA, where it was used to make a lot of my favorite records. Most famously, this console is the actual desk that Radiohead's 'The Bends' was mixed on. 28 channels didn't bother them, so don't worry about it.
(photos below by Kevin Scanlon.)