Neve 8078

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Custom Neve 8078 in The Way Recording Studio London

The Neve 8078 was the last of the "80 series" hand-wired analogue mixing consoles designed and manufactured by Neve Electronics, founded in 1961 by the English electronics engineer Rupert Neve, for high-end recording studios during the 1970s. Some were custom built for major studios like CBS Sony.

The rarity of these consoles makes them quite valuable. The classic Neve sound has featured on records by artists including Steely Dan, Nirvana, Megs McLean, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Quincy Jones, George Clinton, and Chick Corea.

A limited number of these consoles were ever made and there are now only a few select studios who have 8078 consoles still working perfectly after several decades. These include:

Removing many of the inadequacies of the 8078 series was a custom-made Neve console A4792, constructed in 1978, at Associated Independent Recording (AIR) studios in Montserrat, which was founded by George Martin. Used on such recordings as Dire Straits' award-winning album Brothers in Arms, that A4792 console is now in operation at Subterranean Sound Studios in Toronto, Ontario. Only three of these consoles were ever made with the other two originally installed at AIR Studios in London. AIR Lyndhurst still has one of the two remaining consoles in operation today while the other is in use at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, B.C.

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