AMS Neve 88M is the first digital audio interface carrying the emblematic brand. Equipped with dual mic preamps and USB connectivity, the desktop unit uses the same transformer-balanced technology as the flagship Neve 88RS large-format console. Here’s more about the big announcement…
AMS Neve 88M USB Audio Interface with Dual Mic Preamps
The 88M is designed and manufactured in England, which is notable considering AD/DA converters and audio interfaces in general are manufactured in China. Neve being renowned for its musically colorful 1073 preamps, it also comes off as a surprise that the 88M’s dual mic pres are ‘precise and clinical’.
More specifically, they are a faithful reproduction of the Neve 88R console preamps. This console was designed to accommodate the preferences of recording engineers for external preamps. Now everyone with the budget can have two of those ‘pristine Neve’ pres. However, Neve does use the ‘faithful reproduction’ term to describe the interface’s pres. I’d be surprised if the complete 88R/RS Marinair transformer-balanced preamp circuitry made it over to a box this small.
The 88M is housed in a robust shell and is bus-powered. That makes sense considering the interface is designed with project studios and location recording in mind. Neve speaks highly of the sound quality as well. Unfortunately, we lack the finer details at the time of writing. I presume it’s premium converters and the kind of components that go into the manufacturer’s consoles that make up most of the innards.
I’d like to share more but, alas, this is literally all we know at launch time. We’ll hopefully get to the finer details shortly, including price and availability data. I also wonder if more of the 88R/RS features, such as signal routing, has made it to the 88M. We need some answers here!
More information about AMS Neve
- AMS NEVE 88M with laptop: AMS Neve