Neve DSP-1 digital sound desk

1981 in England
Neve Group of Companies

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Neve DSP Digital Sound Desk NEVE DSP Digital Sound Desk Control Surface. The Neve DSP made in England in 1981
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Neve digital sound desk, ex-BBC DSP-1, 1985, the complete system, including several racks of processing equipment

The Neve DSP made in England in 1981.

The Neve DSP was the first fully-digital sound desk. The analogue audio was digitised in the stagebox and sent as serial digital data down a fibre optic cable to the processing racks. All the Digital Signal Processing (hence DSP) - such as mixing, equalisation, dynamics etc, was carried out in the digital domain, the final signal from the desk appearing in digital form (AES/EBU) for recording, or converted back to analogue for broadcasting. This desk was fitted in an outside broadcast vehicle by the BBC and as a result of vibration during transit proved to be unreliable in operation. Probably the most complex and expensive sound desk ever made.


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digital mixing desk
  • component - object
British Broadcasting Corporation

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