The 1057 was one of Rupert Neve’s first generation of combination mic pre/eq designs. These modules incorporated germanium transistors and the legendary St. Ives input/output transformers. Michael Beinhorn was a massive fan of these, and you’ve heard them, famously, on his seminal records including “Superunknown”, “Celebrity Skin”, and “Mechanical Animals”. These are, in his opinion, the best drum EQ’s on the planet.
HPF filter: 20/45/70/160/360
Low EQ: 35/60/100/220
Mid EQ: 0.7/1.2/2.4/3.8/7k
Hi EQ: 10k shelf
DRUMS: Did you not read the above? Unbelievable. For drums. Also, read the above.
VOCAL: Use these to put some attitude into a flat vocal. The transformers are magic.
GUITARS: Germainum transistors make guitars sound rad.
EVERYTHING ELSE: This is Neve Class-A with a little more FU.
Vintage Neve Modules
Transformers: Hell yes!
Character: Grain, Thickness, Mojo