Neotek Elan II 36 Channel
Inline Analog Console with 24 Multitrack Bus
This new Neotek Elan II 36 channel console is new and in stock. It is a clean machine. Analog mixing at your fingertips. The Neotek Elans operation is quiet and sound is punchy, largely due to the use of discrete circuitry in critical signal paths and good, solid engineering practices in the overall design.
The Neoteks were originally Chicago-built in the 1980's and have had an extremely loyal following including Steve Albini and the Beastie Boys. The new boards
represent much-improved component quality and manufacturing refinements and a
re-commitment to high engineering standards in the production of this cost-effective and
impressive mixing system.
The new Élan occupies a substantial, all-alloy frame with integral legs The input modules are housed in alloy extrusions and are
elevated and slightly angled relative to the fader modules. A beveled frame member between
the two sections offers a surface for writing track/mic layouts. The Élan shares the Élite's interconnect system design. An
extra blank panel is included in all frame sizes, and consoles may be ordered with more.
Since Neotek is a custom console manufacturer, custom modules can be added later, making
the Élan more future-proof than non-modular consoles.
The Élan is an in-line monitoring, "American" style console with 24 balanced multitrack
buses, balanced inputs and balanced stereo bus outputs. A TT Bantam all-metal patchbay
includes one complete row for outboard gear. There are 40-LED segment bar graph meters
for each of the 24 buses and both standard VU meters and bar graph for the stereo mix
output. There is a global peak/VU changeover switch for all the meters as well as individual
touch-sensitive switches located on each meter.
The Élan uses the same microphone preamp section as the Élite, a discrete transistor DC
servo amplifier circuit--no problematic electrolytic capacitors, and you are not going to get the
same sound as everybody else these days recording with an IC chip mic stage. Gain range is
from +20 dB to +60 dB, and there are -20dB pad, phase flip and 48-volt phantom switches.
Neotek says that the noise floor of the mic pre is within 1/4 dB of the theoretical minimum. A
small LED clip indicator signifies +16dB clip level. A switchable highpass filter offers a fixed
80Hz corner frequency and a 12dB/octave slope. A switchable -6dB line-level pad is provided
to compensate for super-hot digital tape levels that may overload successive stages,
especially when under massive EQ boost. There is no line-level trim pot.