Vintage Neve Stereo Mastering EQ
1 dB Stepped Potentiometers
4-bands & Hi/Low-Cut Filters
Fully Discrete with Marinair LO2567 output transformers and St Ives 31267 input transformers.
Comments from Geoff Tanner (ex Neve Product Designer) regarding the 2087:
“They were used on Neve Disc Mastering consoles and provided stepped (ie
highly calibrated) EQ settings on the two stereo paths through these
consoles. The module is, in effect, two 1081 motherboards but minus
the mic input transformer. They used stereo switches for all the gain
and frequency switches.
Early models switch the EQ in/out via the regular Isostat switches but
later versions have a relay card (I think a BA251 from memory) to do
the task using one of those expensive Teledyne relays that resembled
an early 8 pin op amp.
The last one of these I employed whilst at Neve was for a custom
monitor console for CBS Records at Aylesbury. They pressed vinyl
albums there and used the huge “pancakes” to load the 1/8″ tape,
already pre-recorded in both directions, into the automatic cassette
loading machines. (This was years before CD’s really took off)
The console was to check the quality of the incoming tapes from the
studio and to compare them with samples of manufactured product.
They used to tweak EQ at times, and used the 2087 for this purpose.
I bet that thought scares a few folk but I was told the quality of the
masters was such that they would not transfer well… or some such
And in another post:
“Oh Lord! This is the module that most studios engineers would die for!
(Well, I thought they were good but what a @#$% to make!!!). The module
is 12″ high and a double module width and is, in effect, two 1081
equalizers with ganged stereo controls. Even the boost /cut controls were
gold plated Elma switches and the module had a line input section only.
It was used for mastering purposes and not many were made. . . I believe
less than 20 because I sold two of them and the others were used in Disk
Features of the 2087/32087:
Lo Freq – switchable peaking or shelving response: 33, 56, 100. 180, 330 Hz
Lo-Mid Freq – peaking response with hi/lo Q switch: 220. 270, 330, 390, 470, 560, 820,1000, 1200
Hi-Mid Freq – peaking response with hi/lo Q switch: 1.5, 1.8, 2.2, 2.7, 3.3, 3.9, 4.7, 5.6, 6.8, 8.2 kHz
Hi Freq- switchable peaking or shelving response: 3.3, 4.7, 6.8, 10, 15 kHz
Lo pass filter: 3.9, 6.6, 8.2, 12 kHz
Hi pass filter: 270, 150, 82, 47, 27 Hz
Gain control- plus or minus 12 db
EQ and phase in/out
NO MIC PRES! Line input only
Basically line-level pair of 1081’s with a single set of controls for both signal paths and all controls on rotary switches.