Universal Audio adds the Neve Preamp to its UAD plugin roster

Neve’s 1073 mic preamp/EQ is considered an audio engineering classic, and now Universal Audio has emulated both this and the lesser-known 1290 module (which omitted the EQ) for its Neve Preamp plugin.

Available to owners of UAD hardware and UA audio interfaces, this combines the sonic attributes of both units and models the dual-stage ‘Red Knob’ preamp and output amplifier in “obsessive detail”.

If you own a UA audio interface you can track through the Neve Preamp in realtime, and there’s support for UA’s Unison technology.

Find out more on the Universal Audio website. The Neve Preamp costs $149/£115.

Universal Audio Neve Preamp features

  • An authentic end-to-end circuit emulation of the legendary class-A, Neve mic preamp, exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces
  • Combines sonic attributes and features of both the coveted 1073 and 1290 designs
  • Thoroughly modeled dual-stage "Red Knob" preamp and output amplifier
  • Unison technology for UA Audio Interfaces offers authentic tone, touch, and feel of the classic Neve preamp, including precise impedance matching
  • Lower DSP usage for plug-in instances across multiple channels
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.