|NEOTEK SERIES 1
$1000 Two channels racked with internal mains and 48V phantom power supplies. Please ask for pricing on modifications and any desired special features.
- Mic & ine level inputs
- 3-Band EQ (switchable in or out of circuit) with +/- 12dB gain on each band
- High Frequency Band shelving EQ with a switchable narrow or broad Q
- Mid Frequency Band is sweepable from 200Hz - 10Khz
- Low Frequency Band fixed shelving EQ
- Sweepable high pass filter from 15 - 375Hz
- Pan pot modified to be the output attenuator
- XLR mic and line level inputs & +4 dB output in a 3-space rack is standard
- One year rack component warranty and six-month module warranty
- Fourteen-day satisfaction guarantee
The Series One was the first major console endeavor from Neotek, and saw their design come into being in Chicago in the late 70's. The Series 1 preamps are quiet and life-like and excel on anything needing a warm and natural feel. With the line level inputs, you can run your computer and samplers through these to give them an added boost or do a bit of filtering. The EQ is very musical with a round low-end shelving EQ, a more surgical yet sweepable mid-range, and a very pleasingly sweet high-end band with a selectable narrow or bell shaped curve. These really seem to mix down well and you can do a lot of tracks with these, yet still end up with a very true and uncluttered sound when it comes time to mix. We highly recommend these modified with Sowter or St. Ive transformers switchable in and out of circuit to give them the option of a thicker texture. Jensens sound pretty fine too, but seem to sound more transparent. Lastly, replacing the stock opamps with Burr Brown opamps gives them a warm boost but takes a bit away from the natural clarity and open feel of the preamps (can be done at no additional cost.)
Quotes From Other Engineers:
- "Neotek EQ's are some of the best EQ's I've ever encountered, very musical and flexible. The pres are transformerless and sound great (hold their own with any pre out there). Not as colored as a Neve...but has nice lows and smooth highs. Other engineers I know ranked them right up there with his Helios, API, Neve 1057 pres. I use these pre's on everything."
- "The simple, very clean signal path contributes to the overall elegance of how the sound is handled. Neoteks are like a direct line between microphone and tape machine. They sound great. I have a long association with Neotek. I've used them in many studios and I like them a lot. I've lived in Chicago for 20 years, and I've owned a Neotek for 10 years. I should point out that, for the money I had available, I had the choice of an old, discrete console or any currently-produced console, but I chose Neotek because of the my past experiences with them. They're the best desks being made."
- "Well, the description you have is pretty accurate. I mean, if you listen to Albini, he kind of says it all. It has its own characteristic, which is not really coloring the sound but adding a bit of warmth that does not sound compressed or artificial. Even when you use the EQ, it really sounds natural. I use Pro Tools and I like getting the "real" sound in and if I want to color it later I can. It kind of keeps me in check also. So many times you can get spoiled with other stuff and the performance later comes back to haunt you or it might sound sweet to begin but when you have to put it all together it seems you have to really start Eqing (in a bad way). With the Neotek stuff the "natural" characteristics of each instrument seem to stay true to itself. Very hard to explain as with anything but I love mine and would never think about getting rid of the pair!