A3095 was born in 1974 in Melbourn, UK and spent approximately nine months in Abbey Road Studios, London, before being shipped to EMI Wellington, New Zealand, in 1975. She subsequently moved to Lower Hutt, NZ when EMI’s operations shifted there in 1976, and stayed there until it’s closure in 1987.
For several years she was operated by Wellington Missionary Radio Fellowship prior to being installed in York Street Studios when it was opened in Parnell, Auckland in 1993 by Jaz Coleman, Malcolm Welsford and Martin Williams. During her twenty-one year tenure here, she was utilised by many prominent local and international acts, engineers and producers, and imparted her signature on many significant albums. Head on over to the ‘music' tab for details.
In early 2015, a series of lucky and serendipitous events eventually led to the sale of A3095 to a passionate, if not slightly crazy, Australian music enthusiast, after which she was shipped across the ditch to begin her new life in Melbourne, Australia.
One of only seven built. She is the only still in pristine condition and the only one located in the Southern Hemisphere.
The EMI Neve series of audio consoles were designed and produced by Neve in the early 70’s to the exacting standards of EMI’s engineers, to be utilised worldwide in EMI studios.
They are considered by many, including then Head of the Electrical Design Drawing Office at Neve, Geoff Tanner [Aurora Audio] to represent the all-time pinnacle of audio console design, and have been described as an 8078 on steroids, amongst many other superlatives.
In addition to myriad additional sophisticated monitoring options, there were various other specifications by EMI engineers that increased the utility, reliability and sonic impact of these consoles over ‘standard’ Neve consoles. Each input transformer, for example, was specified to have ultra-low THD which was measured and noted on a small white sticker attached to each transformer.
A3095 harbours twenty-four Neve 1093 pre amps (similar to the 1081) in original condition, sixteen returns and eight groups, in addition to four original EMI TG12345 compressor/limiters.
Presently, A3095 is being lovingly restored by her obsessive owner, in preparation to keenly herald a new era in the Australian recording industry.
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