Originating in Allen Sides’ Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, this vintage Neve 8058 was one of several Ocean Way consoles with an amazing history and pedigree. Allen is not only the owner of Ocean Way, he is one of the most respected engineers and producers in the business.
Prior to its reconditioning, the desk was owned by legendary Producer/Engineer Scott Litt whose work on six R.E.M. records was followed by a remarkable career working with the likes of Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, and the Indigo Girls, to name a few.
Ask any experienced engineer or producer…” if there were only one desk you could work on what would it be?” The overwhelming response would be… “a Neve”. The most sought after “Class A” Neve consoles are: the 8058 and the 8068. This 8058 has the most hi-fi offering, with an ‘airy’ full-bodied sound (think Fleetwood Mac and most of the classic UK recordings of the 1970s). When you think of Neve Studios – Muscle Shoals, Sound City, and Electric Lady immediately come to mind. There’s something magical about what they do to signals running through them. These are fantastic for acoustic, jazz, classical, ambience and rock. Nothing in the world sounds quiet like them.
Restored by Vintage King Audio in 2017, this desk has been through pain staking detail to completely recondition all of its modules, faders, compressors and the overall aesthetics, while being mindful of its history and originality.
As of May 2018, this amazing desk now finds its new home at The Vault Recording Studios in Pittsburgh, PA where it will now begin the next chapter in its life. Making great music. Making more history.