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Great for a wide variety of recording and mixing applications, the Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series Mic Preamp, EQ and Tape Emulator Kit from B&H provides versatile, professional analog processing in the convenient 500 series format. The kit includes the Portico 511 Mic Preamp, Portico 542 Tape Emulator, 551 EQ, and the Workhorse Cube 3-Module Power Rack.
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Preamp
The Portico 511 Mic Preamp from Rupert Neve Designs is a single channel, transformer-balanced microphone preamp that brings the features and performance of the full-sized Portico outboard rack units to the 500-series format. The 511 provides 66dB of gain, and a +/- 6dB Trim knob is provided for fine tuning. Texture can be added by pushing the Silk button, which activates dedicated circuitry. The desired amount of texture can be dialed in with a knob, which adds harmonic content–creating tones that are reminiscent of vintage Neve equipment.
The 511 isn't limited to working with microphones. With the Gain knob set at 0 dB, the unit is capable of accepting line-level signals. Condenser microphones and active DI boxes can be powered by engaging the 48V phantom power button on the 511. An illuminated Polarity button inverts the signal when pressed. A variable High-Pass Filter can be engaged by an illuminated button as well, and a knob enables you to sweep between 20-250 Hz. An eight-segment LED meter allows you to visually monitor the output. A 500-Series power supply/rack is required for operation.
Rupert Neve Designs 551 Inductor EQ
The 551 Inductor EQ from Rupert Neve Designs is a three-band EQ with custom-wound inductors, transformers, and class-A gain blocks. The low-frequency band on the 551 can be used as either a shelf or a peak filter, adding punch, dimension, and control to your low end. The 551's inductor midrange band is ideal for sweetening vocals and instruments while bringing them forward in a mix, and its proportional "Q" response makes it well suited for minimizing problematic frequencies. The high-frequency band is a hybrid vintage/modern design, blending inductor circuitry with capacitor-based topologies to achieve vintage tones with enhanced control. The high-pass filter is a 12 dB/octave design with a fixed 80 Hz frequency, and can be used in tandem with the low-frequency EQ to add low-end presence without clouding the source material.
Both the high and low band can be switched from shelf to peak curves and offer 15 dB of boost or cut. The high band can be switched from 8 to 16 kHz, and the low band can be selected at 35, 60, 100, or 220 Hz. The inductor-based mid band offers six center frequencies: 200, 350, and 700 Hz, and 1.5, 3, and 6 kHz. The mid band also has an "MF Hi Q" switch to narrow the bandwidth (increase the Q) of the filter.
Engages all bands of the equalizer except the hpf
Adjusts up to 15 dB of boost or cut at selected low, mid, and high frequencies
Four different EQ curves to finesse the high-frequency content
Peak mode utilizes an inductor and capacitor circuit to create the
MID FREQ rotary switch has six positions to select the center frequency of the
mid-band EQ stage: 200, 350, and 700 Hz, and 1.5, 3, and 6 kHz
Engages a 12 dB per octave high-pass filter set to 80 Hz
Four LOW FREQ options: 35, 60, 100, and 220 Hz
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator
The Portico 542 Tape Emulator from Rupert Neve Designs is a single-channel 500 series rack module that simulates the sound of analog tape, and adds texture to your audio with its dedicated Silk circuitry. The emulation of tape is achieved with analog hardware, as opposed to digital processing. The 542 features a "True Tape" circuit, which utilizes an authentic magnetic record head and a replay amplifier, giving the applied audio the warmth of tape compression. Texture can be added by pushing the Silk button, selecting Red or Blue mode, and adjusting a knob. This adds harmonic content that's reminiscent of vintage Neve equipment.
Tape Effects can be added in by pressing an illuminated button. A Saturation knob enables you to dial in the amount of effects, and a Blend knob lets you mix the pre and post signals. A 15 / 30 IPS button lets you select between the emulations of those two tape-based characteristics. Two eight-segment LED meters are on the face of the 542, one dedicated to Drive, the other to Level. When your signal hits the yellow LED in the Drive meter, a Soft Clip functionality kicks in, protecting your signal from peaking. A 500-Series power supply/rack is required for operation.
Phantom Power Supplied by the 500 series rack power supply. Switch selectable on faceplate.
Maximum Output Level
Main output, no load: +/- 0.1dBu from 10Hz to 31.5kHz -2.6dB @ 120kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise @ 1 kHz, +20dBu output level, no load: better than 0.0025% @ 20 Hz, +20dBu output level, no load
0.025% Typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic
Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise with SILK engaged TEXTURE @ min
@ 100Hz, +20dBu input level, no load 0.015%, mostly 3rd harmonic (typical)
TEXTURE @ max: @ 100Hz, +20dBu input level, no load 2%, mostly 2rd harmonic (typical)
Noise measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 22 Hz - 22 kHz, source impedance 150 Ohms balanced. Noise performance can vary depending on the 500 series and/or interference from stray magnetic fields.
EIN: -126 dB 150 ohm
Unity Gain: better than -103dBV
With Gain @ +66 dB: better than -60dBV
Gain Unity up to +66 dB in 6 dB steps
Trim continuously adjustable from -6 dB to +6 dB
1x Trim knob
1x Gain knob
1x High-Pass Filter knob
1x Texture knob
1x Phantom Power button
1x Polarity Reverse button
1x High-Pass Filter button
1x Silk button
High-Pass Filter continuously variable swept frequency from 20 Hz to 250 Hz
Slope: 12 dB/Octave