Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Preamp

Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series Mic Preamp, EQ and Tape Emulator Kit

Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series Mic Preamp, EQ and Tape Emulator Kit

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Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series Mic Preamp, EQ and Tape Emulator Kit

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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Preamp Rupert Neve Designs 551 Inductor EQ Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator Radial Engineering Workhorse Cube 3-Space Desktop Power Rack for 500 Series Modules Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series Mic Preamp, EQ and Tape Emulator Kit

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  • Processing Chain for Recording & Mixing
  • Portico 511 Mic Preamp
  • Portico 542 Tape Emulator
  • 551 EQ
  • Workhorse Cube 3-Module Power Rack
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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.

    UPC: 752423656950
  • 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 bell-shaped curve
    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
    UPC: 752423657193
  • 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.

  • Radial Engineering Workhorse Cube 3-Space Desktop Power Rack for 500 Series Modules

    The Workhorse Cube from Radial Engineering is a power rack designed to house three 500 Series modules. It can be used to create a channel strip by combining a preamp, EQ, and compressor (available separately), in a convenient package which can sit on the desktop or be carried around the studio.

    The Cube does not have any circuitry other than its connectors, so it does not impart color, distortion or artifact to the audio signal. Compliant with the guidelines set out in the Workhorse open-source document (Whos-Doc), it accommodates the very latest 500 Series modules while being backward-compatible with older formats, including API.

    Rear-panel connectivity includes XLRs and 1/4" TRS connectors on each slot for cross patching and parallel processing multiple modules. Powerful routing options abound. Feed Switches let you send the output from one module into the next without requiring a cable, while Link Switches enable you to set up links between stereo-ready modules. The unit is also equipped with Omniport for each slot, allowing the module manufacturers to implement unique functions such as key or side-chain input.

    The unit's external power supply generates 500mA of shared current and 48V phantom power for microphones. The heavy-duty steel chassis provides extra shielding against electromagnetic noise and, with the handle removed, can be recessed into a desktop using the optional angle- and flush-mount hardware kits (available separately).

    Desktop power rack designed to hold three 500 series modules
    Three-module design enables user to create a channel strip by combining a preamp, EQ, and compressor (available separately), in a convenient package
    No audio circuitry other than connectors – the Cube will not impart any color, distortion or artifact
    External supply provides up to 500mA of current, shared by all three modules
    Fully compatible with API module standard – backward-compatible with older API models
    Balanced XLR I/Os are paralleled to 1/4" TRS connectors – allows for series and parallel signal processing
    Feed Switch sends the output from one module into the next without requiring a cable
    Link Switch sets up link between stereo-ready modules by sliding the switch upwards
    Omniport adds functionality to enhance each module's capability as set by the manufacturer
    Switchable on/off 48V phantom power – LED illuminates when On
    15-Pin card edge EDAC connector with double-sided, gold-plated contacts for optimal connectivity
    Each slot is equipped with an auto-resetting fuse to protect the system should a faulty module be employed
    Slide-in tray makes it easy to align modules when swapping in and out
    Heavy-duty steel chassis provides a rigid platform for your modules and extra shielding against electromagnetic noise
    Attach carry handle to turn the Cube into a portable channel strip
    Handle may be removed to recess the Cube into desktop – use optional angle- and flush-mount hardware kits (available separately)
    UPC: 676101040445
  • Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Preamp
    Number of Channels Single
    Inputs 1x XLR, balanced
    Output 1x XLR, transformer-balanced
    Phantom Power 48V
    Phantom Power Supplied by the 500 series rack power supply. Switch selectable on faceplate.
    Maximum Output Level +23dBu
    Frequency Response Main output, no load: +/- 0.1dBu from 10Hz to 31.5kHz -2.6dB @ 120kHz
    THD 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 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
    Gain Unity Gain: better than -103dBV
    With Gain @ +66 dB: better than -60dBV
    Gain Range Gain Unity up to +66 dB in 6 dB steps
    Trim continuously adjustable from -6 dB to +6 dB
    Controls 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 High-Pass Filter continuously variable swept frequency from 20 Hz to 250 Hz
    Slope: 12 dB/Octave
    Meter 8 segment LED meter
    Power Requirements Power Requirements @ +/-16VDC 100mA
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 7.8 x 2.0"
  • Rupert Neve Designs 551 Inductor EQ
    Noise Equalizer Bypassed: Better than -102 dBV (measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, source impedance 40 Ohms balanced)
    Equalizer Engaged: Better than -94 dBV (measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, source impedance 40 Ohms balanced)
    Frequency Response Equalizer Bypassed: +/- 0.1 dBu from 20 Hz to 31.5 kHz - 1 dB @ 120 kHz (main output, no load)
    Equalizer Engaged: +/- 0.25 dBu from 20 Hz to 45 kHz - 2 dB @ 120 kHz (main output, no load)
    Maximum Output Level Equalizer Bypassed: 23.25 dBu
    Equalizer Engaged: 23 dBu
    THD + N Equalizer Bypassed:
    @ 1 kHz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: Better than 0.0025%
    @ 20 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: 0.13% Typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)
    High-Pass Filter: -2.7 dB @ 80 Hz
    Slope: 12 dB/octave
    Equalizer Engaged:
    @ 1 kHz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: Better than 0.009%
    @ 20 Hz, +20 dBu Output Level, No Load: 0.13% Typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)
    Power Requirements 120 mA on +16 VDC
    110 mA on -16 VDC
    Exterior Dimensions 10 x 8 x 3" (25.4 x 20.3 x 7.6 cm)
    Weight 2.0 lb (0.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 7.7 x 2.9"
  • Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator
    Function Tape Emulator
    Number of Channels Single
    Inputs 1x XLR
    Outputs 1x XLR
    Controls 1x Trim knob, +/- 12 dB
    1x Saturation knob
    1x Blend knob
    1x Texture knob
    1x Tape Effect In button
    1x 15/30 IPS button
    1x Silk button
    Maximum Output Level 23.25dBu
    Frequency Response Line amp specifications, with tape circuit disengaged:
    Measured at +10dBu, trim at unity

    Main Output +/- 0.25 dB from 5 Hz to 60 Khz -2 dB @ 120 kHz

    Tape FX specifications:
    15 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu -3dBu @ 28 kHz Saturation @ minimum 0dBu @ 10 Hz +5dBu Peak @ 60 Hz
    Saturation @ maximum -3dBu @ 20 kHz -3dBu @ 12.5 Hz +2.4dBu Peak @ 60 Hz
    30 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu -3dBu @ 120 kHz Saturation @ minimum -3dBu @ 10 Hz +3.15dBu Peak @ 125 Hz
    Saturation @ maximum -3dBu @ 100 kHz -3dBu @ 12.5 Hz
    +1.3dBu Peak @ 110 Hz
    Noise Line amp specifications, with tape circuit disengaged:
    Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Input Terminated 40 Ohms
    Unity Gain: better than -100dBu

    Tape FX specifications:
    Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Input Terminated 40 Ohms
    Saturation @ minimum: better than -100dBu Saturation @ maximum: better than -100dBu
    Total Harmonic Distortion/Noise Line amp specifications, with tape circuit disengaged:
    @ 1 kHz, +20dBu output level: better than 0.0025% @ 20 Hz, +20dBu output level 0.07% Typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)

    Tape FX specifications:
    15 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu 0.4% @ 3 kHz to 1% @ 175Hz typical
    Saturation @ minimum greater than 1% below 175 Hz typical
    Saturation @ maximum 1% at 6 kHz typical 0.3% @ 1 kHz to 3% @ 50 Hz typical
    30 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu 1% at 1 kHz typical
    Saturation @ minimum 0.6% @ 400 Hz 5% @ 20 Hz typical
    Saturation @ maximum 1.5% @ 20 kHz to 0.4% @ 1 kHz typical 0.4% @ 1 kHz to 2 %@ 50 Hz typical
    Meters 1x 8-segment Level meter
    1x 8-segment Drive meter
    Power Requirements Supplied by 500 series rack with 110-125 mA @ +/- 16V DC
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
  • Radial Engineering Workhorse Cube 3-Space Desktop Power Rack for 500 Series Modules
    Circuit Type Connection buss from modules to connectors
    Number of Slots 3
    Input Connectors 3 x balanced XLR female
    3 x balanced 1/4" TRS
    Output Connectors 3 x balanced XLR male
    3 x balanced 1/4" TRS
    Wiring XLR Pin Wiring: AES standard, pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+), pin-3 (-)
    Impedance Card Slot Impedance: Module-dependent
    Current Available: 500 mA
    Average: 166 mA per slot
    Phantom Power 48 V on all three channels
    Power Supply 100-240 VAC (external)
    Connection: Locking 4-pin XLR female on cable
    Operating Conditions 41 to 104°F /5 to 40°C (for indoor use)
    Compatibility Adheres to Whos-Doc and VPR alliance
    Dimensions (W x H x L) 7.50 x 6.25 x 7.25" / 19.05 x 15.87 x 18.41 cm
    Weight 5.4 lb / 2.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.3 x 9.4 x 9.1"

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