Rupert Neve Designs 5052 - Microphone Preamplifier and Inductor EQ

Rupert Neve Designs 5052 - Microphone Preamplifier and Inductor EQ

Rupert Neve Designs 5052 - Microphone Preamplifier and Inductor EQ

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Rupert Neve Designs 5052 - Microphone Preamplifier and Inductor EQ

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Product Highlights

  • 12-Way Rotary Mic Gain from 0 to 66 dB
  • Continuously Variable Trim Control
  • Switchable +48V Phantom Power
  • Polarity Switch
  • Silk and Texture Controls
  • Square-Core Transformers
  • Discrete Class-A Component Design
  • Insert External Gear Between Pre and EQ
  • Combines Elements of Neve1064 and 1073
  • Classic Neve Sound with Modern Design
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  • 1Description

The Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052 - Microphone Preamplifier and Inductor EQ is part of Rupert Neve's Shelford series of modules designed to be rack mounted in a 500 series "lunchbox" rack and used for studio recording. The unit combines elements of the iconic Neve 1073 with a vertically-oriented mic pre, a high pass filter, and a 3-band inductor based equalizer. The device goes further with the incorporation of some of Neve's more recent innovations such as the variable silk texture control from the Portico II series as well as simultaneous pre- and post-tape operation.

The preamplifier uses a discrete class-A ±24V topology with custom-wound square-core transformers and inductors to deliver the classic Neve sound with modern performance. The preamp section includes selectable +48V phantom power for operation with condenser microphones, a polarity reverse switch, and a sweepable 20 to 250 Hz high pass filter. For changing the tonality of the sound, the pre section also includes the Portico II Silk Red/Blue and Texture controls that allow you overdrive the output of the unit with up to 5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) to add weight and warmth to the signal with 2nd and 3rd order harmonicas.

The transformer-coupled output of the unit can be fed into a tape machine or DAW directly while still allowing you to use the EQ and Silk/Texture controls within a dedicated analog mix path. You can also use the output to insert a separate compressor between the pre and the EQ or allow the 5052 to work with two separate sources.

The EQ section of the unit combines design elements of the Neve 1064 for rich resonant bass with the option of also using the LF band as a shelf or peak filter. The mid-range EQ is inspired by the Neve 1073 for sweetening vocals and bringing lead instruments forward into the mix. The mid band features a proportional "Q" response that can be used for minimizing problematic frequencies. The HF band of the EQ combines the inductor circuitry of the 1073 with capacitor-based topologies from more modern designs. Each section of the EQ uses low-feedback class-A discrete electronics to prevent unwanted harshness or artifacts from influencing your mix.

Power is supplied to the unit on ±24V rails from an external DC power supply using a 4-pin connection. This can be provided by either the RND 5-way brick power supply or the RND 24-way 2U rack-mount power supply. For I/O the unit includes three XLR-3F connections for Mic In, Line In, and EQ In. For outputs it includes two XLR-3M connections for Mic Out and Main Out. The "half-rack" unit can be mounted in a Rupert Neve Designs 2-way vertical unit, 4-way vertical unit, an existing 9-way rack, or the RND 5088 penthouse.

Mic Gain
Provides 12-way precision rotary control over gain from 0 to 66 dB in 6 dB steps
Silk/Texture
Reduces the negative feedback on the output transformer and add harmonic content as texture control is increased up to 4-5% THD
Red Silk
Accentuates the saturation in the mid and high frequencies
Blue Silk
Accentuates low frequencies
Inductor EQ
Provides the classic sound of Rupert Neve's 5051 EQ with modern performance
HPF
Enables variable 12/db Octave sweep from 20 to 250 Hz
Low EQ
Provides ±15 dB shelf or peak filtering with selectable frequencies of 35, 60, 100, and 220 Hz
Mid EQ
Provides ±15 dB on six selectable center frequencies with Q control: 200, 350, 700, 1500, 3000, and 6000 Hz.
High Shelf
Offers ±15 dB shelf or peak filtering with selectable target of 8,000 to 16,000 Hz
Trim
Provides continuously variable ±6 dB level
+48V
Engages phantom power on microphone input
Polarity Switch
Inverts the polarity of the signal path 180°
HIgh Pass Filter
Attenuates signals below the 20 to 250 Hz continuously variable target frequency at 12 dB/octave, which is especially useful for removing proximity effect, building rumble, air handling, and other background sounds from microphone recordings
Level Meter
Displays pre-silk output level in eight-segment LED bar-graph
In the Box
Rupert Neve Designs 5052 - Microphone Preamplifier and Inductor EQ
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Preamplifier
    Noise Mic Pre at Unity Gain: Better than -102 dBV
    Main Out at Unity Gain: Better than -103 dBV
    With Gain at +66 dB: Bettern than -60 dBV
    Equivalent Input Noise: Better than -126 dB
    Gain: Unity up to +66 dB in 6 dB steps followed by a ±6 dB trim
    Total Harmonic Distortion/Noise Mic Pre:
    At 1,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: Better than 0.002%
    At 20,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: 0.25% typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)
    Line Input
    Gain ±6 dB continuously adjustable
    Total Harmonic Distortion/Noise With Silk
    At 1,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: Better than 0.002%
    At 20,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: 0.25% typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)

    Without Silk
    At 1,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: Better than 0.002%
    At 20,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: 0.08% typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)
    Output
    Noise Better than -102 dBV
    Frequency Response ±0.1 dBu from 10 to 31,500 Hz
    -2.6 dB at 120,000 Hz
    Maximum Output Level 25 dBu
    Main Outputs
    Noise Unweighted, 22 to 22,000 Hz, Source Impedance 40 Ω Balanced, No Load: Better than -102 dBV
    Frequency Response ±0.1 dBu from 10 to 40,000 Hz
    -1 dB at 174,000 Hz
    Maximum Output Level 25 dBu
    Total Harmonic Distortion/Noise With Silk
    At 1,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: Better than 0.002%
    At 20,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level: No Load: 0.25% typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)

    With Silk Engaged
    Red, Texture at Minimum, 100 Hz, +20 dBu Input Level, No Load: 0.0015%, mostly 3rd harmonic (typical
    Red, Texture at Maximum, 100 Hz, +20 dBu Input Level, No Load: 1.5% mostly 2nd harmonic (typical)

    Blue, Texture at Minimum, 100 Hz, +20 dBu Input Level, No Load: 0.0075%, mostly 3rd harmonic (typical)
    Blue, Texture at Maximum, 100 Hz, +20 dBu Input Level, No Load: 1% mostly 2nd harmonic (typical)
    Line Input
    Gain ±6 dB continuously adjustable
    Equalizer
    Noise Input: Unweighted 22 to 22,000 Hz, Source Impedance 40Ω Balanced, No Load: Better than -105 dBV

    Engaged: Unweighted 22 to 22,000 Hz, Source Impedance 40Ω Balanced, No Load: Better than -95 dBV
    Frequency Response ±0.1 dBu from 10 to 40,000 Hz
    -1 dB at 174,000 Hz
    Maximum Output Level Input: 26 dBu
    EQ Engaged: 25 dBu
    Total Harmonic Distortion/Noise At 1,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, Hi Z: Better than 0.002%
    At 20,000 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, Hi Z: 0.006% typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)
    High Pass Filter Continuously variable swept frequency from 20 to 250,000 Hz
    Slope: 12 dB/octave
    Phantom Power Switchable +48 V
    Maximum Input From 20 to 20,000 Hz: +25 dBu
    Power Requirements ±24 VDC Maximum Current Draw: 0.26 A / 0.20 A
    General
    Rackmount 1RU vertical in 500 series rack
    Dimensions Not specified by the manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by the manufacturer

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