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8803

Mastering-quality EQ from the exquisitely crafted 88RS console.

The 8803 dual-channel equaliser and filter follows the grand tradition of Neve® processors. Modern producers and mixing & mastering engineers looking to shape sounds with unrivalled sonic purity see the 8803 Dual Channel Equaliser as the superior choice.

Signal Presence & Clip LED’s
Independent EQ Activation
+/- 20dB Input Trim
Variable HPF & LPF
Low Band Shelf/Bell Curve
Fully Parametric Low-Mid Band
Fully Parametric High-Mid Band
High Band Shelf/Bell Curve

Electronically-Balanced Input

The 8803 uses an electronically balanced input stage, providing ultimate transparency. In addition, each input has an independent +/- 20dB trim for accurate stereo balancing of incoming signals before adding EQ processing.

Sweepable Filtering

High pass and low pass filtering, positioned before the 4-band EQ, can be activated independently for each channel. In addition, filters can be ‘swept’ dynamically using the continuously variable pot controls delivering musical results. The HPF runs from 25hZ to 300Hz and the LPF from 3kHz to 15kHz at 12dB per octave.

Low Band

A continuously variable frequency band of 33Hz to 440Hz and +/-18dB of gain gives ultimate control over the entire bass range ranging from sub to low-mid. In addition, the low band curve can switch from shelving to bell curve with two Q settings, providing wide tone-shaping or precise frequency manipulation.

Low-Mid Band

The fully parametric low-mid-band features sweepable controls for frequency, gain and Q bandwidth. Low-mid frequencies can be tightly or broadly adjusted depending on the program material, with a frequency range of 120Hz to 2kHz with +/-18dB gain and bandwidth settings from 0.3 to 7.

High-Mid Band

The fully parametric high-mid-band features sweepable controls for frequency, gain and Q bandwidth – ideal for finely tuning a vocal. High-mid frequencies can be tightly, or broadly, adjusted depending on the program material – with a frequency range of 0.8kHz to 9kHz with +/-18dB gain and bandwidth settings from 0.3 to 7.

High Band

With a sweepable frequency band of 1.5kHz to 18kHz and +/-18dB of gain, ‘air’ can be added or subtracted from a signal. In addition, the high band curve can switch from shelving to bell curve with two Q settings for wide tone-shaping or precise frequency manipulation.

Parallel Outputs

The 8803 features parallel XLR and TRS outputs, ideal for splitting into multiple recording outputs or creating unique mastering processing chains.

Total Recall Software

Efficiently recall your sessions by connecting the 8803 to your PC/Mac via USB and opening the interactive Neve® Recall software program. Routing and switching are handled automatically at the push of a button, whilst the 8803’s rotary pots are manually tracked to their stored positions – in a matter of seconds.

Stereo Matching

The 8803 left and right channels can be perfectly stereo matched via the Neve® Recall software. In addition, you can change the settings on one channel and then transpose those settings over to the adjacent channel – ideal for mastering.

8803

Mastering-quality EQ from the exquisitely crafted 88RS console.

The 8803 dual-channel equaliser and filter follows the grand tradition of Neve® processors. Modern producers and mixing & mastering engineers looking to shape sounds with unrivalled sonic purity see the 8803 Dual Channel Equaliser as the superior choice.

Electronically-Balanced Input

The 8803 uses an electronically balanced input stage, providing ultimate transparency. In addition, each input has an independent +/- 20dB trim for accurate stereo balancing of incoming signals before adding EQ processing.

Sweepable Filtering

High pass and low pass filtering, positioned before the 4-band EQ, can be activated independently for each channel. In addition, filters can be ‘swept’ dynamically using the continuously variable pot controls delivering musical results. The HPF runs from 25hZ to 300Hz and the LPF from 3kHz to 15kHz at 12dB per octave.

Low Band

A continuously variable frequency band of 33Hz to 440Hz and +/-18dB of gain gives ultimate control over the entire bass range ranging from sub to low-mid. In addition, the low band curve can switch from shelving to bell curve with two Q settings, providing wide tone-shaping or precise frequency manipulation.

Low-Mid Band

The fully parametric low-mid-band features sweepable controls for frequency, gain and Q bandwidth. Low-mid frequencies can be tightly or broadly adjusted depending on the program material, with a frequency range of 120Hz to 2kHz with +/-18dB gain and bandwidth settings from 0.3 to 7.

High-Mid Band

The fully parametric high-mid-band features sweepable controls for frequency, gain and Q bandwidth – ideal for finely tuning a vocal. High-mid frequencies can be tightly, or broadly, adjusted depending on the program material – with a frequency range of 0.8kHz to 9kHz with +/-18dB gain and bandwidth settings from 0.3 to 7.

High Band

With a sweepable frequency band of 1.5kHz to 18kHz and +/-18dB of gain, ‘air’ can be added or subtracted from a signal. In addition, the high band curve can switch from shelving to bell curve with two Q settings for wide tone-shaping or precise frequency manipulation.

Parallel Outputs

The 8803 features parallel XLR and TRS outputs, ideal for splitting into multiple recording outputs or creating unique mastering processing chains.

Total Recall Software

Efficiently recall your sessions by connecting the 8803 to your PC/Mac via USB and opening the interactive Neve® Recall software program. Routing and switching are handled automatically at the push of a button, whilst the 8803’s rotary pots are manually tracked to their stored positions – in a matter of seconds.

Stereo Matching

The 8803 left and right channels can be perfectly stereo matched via the Neve® Recall software. In addition, you can change the settings on one channel and then transpose those settings over to the adjacent channel – ideal for mastering.

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More Information and Support

General Specification

  • Revered equalization circuitry derived from classic 8108 design and flagship 88RS analogue console
  • Hand-built and hand-wired by Neve in Burnley, England
  • ±20dB Input trim
  • USB port for recall of settings via Mac or PC and control software
  • XLR input combination jack, +4dBu, -10dBV
  • XLR and parallel jack outputs
  • External 100V-250V power supply

EQ Specification

  • High pass filter 30Hz-300Hz, 12dB per octave
  • Low pass filter 3kHz-15kHz, 12dB per octave
  • EQ High 1.5k-18kHz, selectable Shelving/Bell, selectable Hi Q
  • EQ Mid High 0.8kHz-9kHz, Q range: 0.3 to 7 continuously variable
  • EQ Mid Low 120Hz-2kHz, Q range: 0.3 to 7 continuously variable
  • EQ Low 33Hz-440Hz, selectable Shelving/Bell, selectable Hi Q
  • EQ bypass switch

Audio Performance

  • Max Output Level: +26dBu
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.3dB 10Hz – 20kHz  +/- 0.5dB 10Hz – 35 kHz
  • Outputs: Max +26dB into 600 Ohms. Zout 75 Ohms ±5% @ 1kHz, balanced and earth-free An unbalanced output 8dB below the level of the balanced output is also provided.
  • Distortion: <0.006 (10Hz to 20kHz using window of 10hZ – 80kHz)
  • Noise: <80dB 20hz – 20kHz (Using measurement window of 10hZ – 22kHz)
  • Input Impedance: >20k Ohms
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ohms

Dimensions

  • Width: 48.2cm (19 inches)
  • Height: 4.4cm (1¾ inches)
  • Depth: 24cm (9½ inches) – without power socket plugged in.
  • Weight: 2.5kg (5½ pounds)

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to use the 8803 for mastering, does it have stepped controls?

No, the 8803 does not have stepped controls; its pots are continuously variable. However, the Neve® recall software allows for accurately positioning all pot parameters at a high resolution, delivering the accuracy required when mastering.

How does the stereo match function work?

Either channels settings can be copied across at any time using the stereo match feature within the Neve® Recall software. Set the required channel settings, activate stereo match and track the channel pots to their required positions.

How does the 8803 EQ compare to earlier Neve® EQ's?

The 8803 EQ is derived from the 88RS console channel strip parametric EQ; this evolved from the 8108 console EQ, which gained a reputation for its clarity and level of control. Earlier Neve® EQ’s such as the 1073 have less control over the frequency spectrum and are not as clinical as the 8803, which, when combined with its high and low pass filters, provides a high level of control over the entire frequency spectrum.

Are all four frequency bands fully parametric?

The two mid bands, with overlapping frequencies, are fully parametric, with gain, frequency selection and a sweepable Q setting, whereas the high and low bands have frequency, gain and shelf/bell-curve options. The low and high bands have two Q settings available for broadly or finely tuning frequencies when in bell-curve mode.

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