The set up of the channel strip is pretty basic, with the trim and mic gain knobs on the top for controlling your input level. It then has a series of parametric equalization knobs that each controls a different part of the frequency spectrum. I don't have a manual for this, and I'm not even sure there is one, except for the 8108 console as a whole, which would probably contain a section about how to control this part of the console.
The sound of these preamps is fat and definitley has that classic Neve tone. It has girth to it and it will definitley reproduce your microphone well. While it won't color the sound really, it does have a distinct tone, with a fat low-mid end presence that makes for a truly rich sound unique to Neve. The EQs are also great as they have a deal deal of versatile and are quite clean sounding. They are easy to use and I use them both for tracking and mixing. Overall, the 8108 has that vintage Neve sound that is so sought after by engineers.
I've been using the Neve 8108 strip for about a year. I love the sound from these, and can't say enough about Neve in general, as they are the king when it comes to mic preamps. If you can find these out of their console, the price is usually pretty reasonable and probably worth it as you'd be getting a great preamplifier as well as a great parametric EQ. All in all I love this strip and recommend it to anyone looking for a high end channel strip.