Neve BBC Console (Vintage)
Vintage Neve 24ch BBC console
Beautiful rare and vintage Neve console, custom built for the BBC.
Fully working and hooked up with EDACS to
original BBC GPO patch bay. Original manuals!
24 channels of 33122/a mic-pre/eq modules with Belclair transformers
4 x am6/17 compressors.
The console is up and running and fully working. It sounds
absolutely amazing, with a warm, rich and deep soundstage. Well it
should, because it's the real deal, with transformers everywhere
and a classic Neve eq circuit.
The power supplies and all the summing amps and output amps in
the master section, including subgroups, have been fully
refurbished and recapped. The channels are working but are not
3 stereo subgroups (with insert points) plus stereo master
output (also with insert points). All the amplifier cards (B620, B621)
for this section have been fully refurbished, including the summing
amps for echo & FB sends. This means fully re-capped with
Panasonic FC, the unreliable FET input HA911 op-amps replaced
with Burr-Brown OPA604, and all the 5534's replaced with modern
equivalent. All amplifier cards tested and trimmed to within 0.1 dB
Master Echo and foldback sends. Working.
Monitor section and talkback. These are not in use and have not
been tested. The relays for PFL/AFL and TB are clicking so seem to
Remote controls for 2 plate reverbs,
Meter duplicators and stereo link buttons for the compressors.
A few other various BBC modules that are not in use.
24 x 33122/a modules with direct outputs. These are very similar to the 33114 modules, with
the exact same eq section. The gain switch is stepped in 5 dB steps
with a concentric trim pot. The 2 separate input transformers
(mic/line) are relay switched from line (gain -10 <-> +20 dB) to
mic input (+25 <-> +80 dB) these are TF10014 and TF10015
respectively. High shelf switchable 5 frequencies, mid peak
switchable 10 frequencies, low shelf 5 frequencies. 18 dB/oct HPF &
LPF 5 frequencies each. Knobs are color coded according to BBC
standard. EQ in/out and phase flip switch. A couple of these
modules have leaky tantalum caps, that manifests as loud popping
noises when using the gain switch.
The 33122a are built with plug-in type amplifiers BA437, BA638 and
BA640. The BA437 is a discrete amp card used in the eq. The BBC
were unhappy with the performance of the discrete BA438/440 as
input/output amps, so Neve devised the 638/640 replacements with
IC op-amps. The class A purist might want to replace them with
BA438/440 (pin compatible)
24 x Routing modules with 2 FB sends switchable pre/post fader
and 2 post fader echo sends (1 pot with switches to select echo 1,
echo 2 or both), routing switches for subgroups 1-3 and master,
panpot, PFL an AFL.
24 x Channel faders
The Outside Source section
This is where phone lines and other "outside sources" would show
up when in use in a radio studio. This section is not in use and not
tested, but lights up nicely with some funky colors.
The 10 OS modules are the same size as the channel modules, and
a Neve compressor (33314) in the same format does exist.
The producers desk.
4 x am6/17 compressors. These are the special BBC-design with
the analog look-ahead circuit that provides 0 attack time. These are
very cool and have a unique sound. Once you've tried these they're
hard to live without.
Bantam patch bay with pre and post fader channel inserts,
duplicates of the compressor in/outs and tie-lines (buffered and
transformer balanced!) to and from the main patch. This may seem
impractical, but for pre fader inserts we have used the main patch
bay (included!) and gone directly from tape/interface -> outboard -
> channel in. If you need post eq insertion you have to go through
the tie-lines in the bantam patch. Or re-wire...
4 x 24 volt power supplies in original racks. These are refurbished
and fully re-capped.
A large GPO style patch bay (B-gauge). All connections from the
GPO patch bay to the console are on EDACs.
Original manuals with all schematics.