Genesys

Analogue Design with DAW Control

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Overview
I took a song I mixed on a different console, and I did a quick mix of it on the Genesys at GC Pro. I felt, apart from the time-consuming details, I had sonically beaten the other mix in almost a matter of minutes. The Genesys had what I was really hoping for, which is the stereo bus of the 88R – from an audio standpoint it sounds the same to me. It sounded so much better than the console I'’d originally mixed that song on.
- John O’Mahony (GRAMMY®-nominated mixer and producer)

In the beginning, there was analogue, and it was good. It was warm, it was intuitive, and Neve – with the industry's favourite mic preamps, flying fader automation and hand-built-in-England quality and reliability – was the brand to own. If you could afford it.

Things change. Along came digital workstation technology – less warm and much less intuitive, to be sure, but cheaper and very flexible – to put more mixing power within reach of the smaller studio.

But guess what… not everything changed. People welcomed digital's flexibility and power, but they also wanted Neve's analogue warmth. The trouble was, that meant juggling two mixing surfaces and spending valuable control room time sorting out a mess of wiring and a mass of interface problems. We at Neve knew we could come up with a better solution.
 

Welcome to the brave new world

The brief to our design team wasn't just to create a brand new console that encapsulates the best of both (digital and analogue) worlds. We also asked them to see if there wasn't a way to make owning a Neve console a realistic prospect for smaller studios – without compromising on sound quality.

They did it.

Base Configuration

  • 16 channels of Neve 1073 mic pre/line amplifiers
  • 16 channel DAW monitoring
  • Total Reset & Total Recall
  • Motorised faders with Encore Automation
  • 8 Auxes (4 mono and 2 stereo)
  • 8 groups
  • 2 main outs
  • 4 effects returns
  • 16ch, 8t, 2t and monitor metering
  • 5.1 mixing & monitoring
  • 2 cue mixes
  • Full talkback capability
  • Internal PSU
  • USB stick store, load & reset
  • Hands-on DAW control for Pro Tools, etc.

 

Genesys, hand-built in our UK factory, combines superb analogue design and true Neve preamp circuitry with hands-on DAW control and connectivity for Pro Tools, etc. And it's modular, meaning you don't have to wait until you can afford the full 64-fader system to become a Neve-equipped studio. In its basic 16-fader configuration you get 16 channels of mic/line preamps plus 16 channels of DAW mixing and 32-channel analogue summing at mixdown. And eight auxiliary buses, and eight group buses. And 5.1 monitoring.

There's a 'classic Neve' look and feel to the controls, but take a closer look and you'll see they're ultra modern too: every switch is 'soft'. The benefits go far beyond letting you customize your set up to suit the way you work. It also means every routing decision and every switch setting can be saved and instantaneously reset. Add the legendary sounding Neve analogue EQ and dynamics cassettes and you can instantly recall these settings too. Just think of the reconfiguration time that saves when you're juggling multiple projects in your studio.

Where now?

Want more? The brave new world is your oyster. As your business expands (as it surely will – just mention our name) so can your Genesys, all the way up to a 64-fader, 128-input behemoth. Other options include digital control of EQ (using Neve Classic 1084 EQ or Neve 88R-style 4-band EQ circuitry), VCA-style digital control of dynamics, Neve A/D/D/A converters… Your Genesys is just the beginning.

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Features

 

Base Configuration

  • 16 channels of Neve 1073 mic pre/line amplifiers
  • 16 channel DAW monitoring
  • Total Reset & Total Recall
  • Motorised faders with Encore Automation
  • 8 Auxes (4 mono and 2 stereo)
  • 8 groups, 2 main outs
  • 4 effects returns
  • 16ch, 8t, 2t and monitor metering
  • 5.1 mixing & monitoring
  • 2 cue mixes
  • Full talkback capability
  • Internal PSU
  • USB stick store, load & reset
  • Hands-on DAW control for Pro Tools, etc.

Scalability Options

  • Expandable to 64 channels, straight or with wedges
  • 192kHz A/D and D/A input/output
  • Digitally controlled EQ (Classic 1084 or 88R-style EQ circuitry)
  • Digitally controlled Dynamics (VCA style)
  • Remote mic amp control
  • Stand
  • Monitor shelves
  • Protective cover
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Options

  • Expandable to 64 channels
  • 192kHz A/D and D/A input/output
  • Digitally controlled EQ (Classic 1084 or 88R-style EQ circuitry)
  • Digitally controlled Dynamics (VCA style)
  • Remote mic amp control
Support
Manuals, Brochures, Drivers, Software and Firmware: 
Manual
Genesys User Manual
Version: 
1.13.1 (18-Jan-2013)
Brochure
Technical
Mac
Driver
FireWire Driver
Version: 
v3.2 (build 48 and below)
DAW audio driver Genesys build 48 and below (OS X 10.6 and below)
Mac
Driver
FireWire Driver
Version: 
Build 49 and above
DAW audio driver for Genesys build 49 and above (OS X 10.6 and below)
Mac
Driver

DAW audio driver for OS X 10.7 and above

Windows
Driver

DAW audio driver

Windows
Driver
  • Install this software on the Genesys to allow it to recognise an installed firewire card (connected with USB-RJ45 cable)
  • Install on a DAW PC to allow it to connect to a 4081 (connected with USB cable)