AMS Neve 8816 Summing Mixer

Mixer

  • 16 Channels with additional Aux inputs Cue
  • Level, Pan, Solo, and Mute switches
  • Settings are available on PC or Mac via USB
  • Typical Neve amplifier circuit
  • Different insert switching possibilities
  • Fixed insert point in the sum
  • Special centre and side signal - Insert Send Return
  • Solo In Place Function
  • Exclusive stereo track control (stereo width)
  • Separate monitor and cue controls
  • Connections: Main and old speaker outs, talkback mic and headphone output
  • Optional digital output card (Art.113677)
  • Size: 2U rack with specially shielded power supply, trafosym. outputs
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Superb sound

santamorphic, 06.05.2015
The AMS Neve 8816 Summing Mixer proved to me that an analogue summing mixer genuinely does create a warmer, glued mixdown. I did wonder whether it was a case of The Emperor's New Clothes, but I genuinely believe that sound of the mixdown is better when passed through the 8816.

They have crammed a lot into a small box here and there are some compromises in doing that. All the knobs are really close together and some of them wobble a little. Not whatI would expect for the price - though it did not have any adverse effect on the sound (no crackle with the movement).

The width control is great. It's a bit of a mystery what it does. Maybe a little bit of M/S control and maybe a little compression(?) somewhere, but just adding the tiniest little width makes a Stereo mix-down sound magically better. Some might say, if I knew how to I could do that inside the box with digital tools. Maybe so. But I don't know how to make it sound just like that with just a little tweak of the knob.

Other than the wobbliness in some of the knobs the only other thing I got frustrated with was the USB-based recall software. I've had to flash the firmware in the 8816 a number of times because it loses contact with the computer. I don't know whether other people have experienced this or whether it is my setup, but the software side feels a little Heath Robinson. A chinagraph pencil could however probably be adequate to mark levels on the knobs for recall later.

Great summing mixer!
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Wow

FvF1984, 05.08.2017
I've compared different summers. In the end there were two in the race - the Neve 8816 and the SPL Mixdream. Both have good routing possibilities, even if these at the Mixdream again in the basic equipment are richer. So why is it the 8816?

Primarily because of SOUND. The 8816 colors the sound of the material in a good old Neve style. You have to like it and I do it. The summation sounds analogous and adds pleasant overtones when driving into saturation. This is ultimately what I would like to help my digital recordings to more life.

Another aspect is the features: There are a lot of routing and listening capabilities. Really nice is the stereo spreading knob, with which you can edit the stereo sound of the mix at the end again. The best thing though is that an integrated M / S mode is on board. Thus, the stereo insert path in the mix acts as an M / S encoder and decoder. So you can use stereo effects in M ??/ S mode and the Neve 8816 converts it back.

If you add the fader extension you have haptic fader and additional direct outs. In principle the 8816 then turns into a small NEVE-desk.

The instruction manual recommends routing the DAW outputs to the 8816 and then mixing them there. This is of course good, also because of the total recall function (the software sometimes needs 1-2 attempts, until she finds the 8816. Not bad). I often have no time for it and mix in the DAW the groups and lead this only to the summation in the 8816 as soon as the mix stands. Even in doing so, he makes a wonderful figure and evaluates the mix. I would like to take it a little bit, depending on the genre.

Conclusion: Sounds good, many routing possibilities, expandable. Bit expensive, but you get what money.

If you like it less coloring should be the SPL Mixdream but in any case to listen / watch. Would have been my second choice and certainly not a disappointment
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