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Hardware NAMM 2014: Rupert Neve Designs 551

At the 2014 NAMM show, Rupert Neve Designs is launching the 551 – 500 Series Inductor EQ: the first and only equalizer for the 500-Series actually designed by Rupert Neve. Featuring 3 bands of EQ inspired by Mr. Neve’s most prized vintage designs, along with custom-wound inductors, transformers and class-A gain blocks, the 551 brings the thick, powerful lows and sweet highs of Rupert’s classics to the 500-Series format.

The 551 echoes Rupert’s classic 3-band EQ feature set, with a custom inductor, switched frequencies and a HPF. Traditional transformer-coupled inputs and outputs designed specifically for the 500 Series are used for both technical performance reasons and optimum musical reproduction. The 551 will begin shipping in late January 2014 with a US list price of $950.


The 3-band, custom-tapped inductor EQ on the 551 was inspired by RND’s favorite portions of Rupert’s vintage EQ designs. The low frequency band is designed to produce a creamy, resonant bass response – however, unlike the vintage modules that inspired it, the LF 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 12dB/octave design with a fixed 80Hz frequency, and can be used in tandem with the low frequency EQ to add low-end presence without clouding the source material. As Rupert originally intended with his most prized classic designs, each EQ section uses low-feedback, class-A discrete electronics to prevent low-level artifacts and harshness from detracting from the tonal shaping. However, the updated EQ circuit of the 551 is a decidedly modern design using techniques and components that were simply not available 35 years ago, and should not be considered a “clone”.

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 kHz to 16 kHz, and the low band can be selected at 35 Hz, 60 Hz, 100 Hz or 220 Hz. The inductor based Mid Band offers 6 center frequencies; 200 Hz, 350 Hz, 700 Hz, 1.5 kHz, 3 kHz and 6 kHz. The Mid Band also has a “Mid Hi Q” switch to narrow the bandwidth (increase the Q) of the filter.
This is an EQ with a truly vintage soul.

For RND founder Rupert Neve, the 551 represents a commitment to producing 500 series modules that don't compromise in quality “While creating functional 500-series modules is relatively simple, designing those modules to equal their non-500 series counterparts with the current, voltage and space restraints is quite challenging. In creating our own 500 Series Modules, we experimented with a number of different transformer and circuit designs to achieve the same presence and sweetness found in the Portico Series of modules. The result of these efforts is that outside of the slightly lowered headroom, our 500 series modules are nearly indistinguishable from standard Portico Series modules, and are perfectly suited for studios of the highest-caliber.”

Another element unique to the 551, is the custom-wound inductor in the EQ circuitry. Inductors are wires wound around a coil that provide a form of frequency-dependant resistance. When they saturate, they bring out beautifully musical harmonics that give your tracks the smooth, polished sound that has made Rupert’s consoles and equipment so desirable for over fifty years. With an extreme attention to detail towards variables like the winding and core materials in relation to the surrounding EQ circuitry, the 551's custom inductor helps the EQ capture the vitality of Rupert’s vintage modules, while still retaining its own sonic signature.

About Rupert Neve Designs: Founded by Rupert and Evelyn Neve, Rupert Neve Designs is built on passion, experience and a desire to create products embodying the highest musical quality. In continuing his legacy as a pioneer in audio circuit design, Mr. Rupert Neve is currently focusing his talents on creating innovative solutions to the issues facing the modern recording engineer. For further information on Rupert Neve Designs please visit Rupert Neve DesignsNAMM 2014: Rupert Neve Designs 551-untitled-3564-edit.jpg Name: untitled-3564-Edit.jpg Views: 1220 Size: 44.4 KB ID: 381028" style="margin: 2px" />

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I predicted this... faceplate color and all.
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I love this RND stuff and have several 500 series pieces, but why not pick a faceplate lane and stay in it. Or at least give us a choice.
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Hooray!!!

It's lovely. And butchie boy..... Just think actually think about it for oh say 30 seconds and the color scheme variant makes sense. I like both but I painted the windows and trim of my house this shade of blue/grey. RAF grey.
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what I want to know is.... if the 500 series rack it is in is power cycled..... does it ALWAYS come back exactly where it was?

(ie are any of the switches 'soft' .... or are they unaffected by a power cycle?)

this is important for when the gear gets turned on the next morning.... will the settings (of all of the switches) always be where they were the previous day?

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It's lovely. And butchie boy..... Just think actually think about it for oh say 30 seconds and the color scheme variant makes sense. I like both but I painted the windows and trim of my house this shade of blue/grey. RAF grey.
Your right and I love RAF grey. Of course its all about the sound so..ok I guess I'll live.
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it'll be hard to stay away from the 500 format in 2014
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Unfortunately for me, 950 us doll means 950 euros, not in my budget... especialy if i need two. I was hopping something around 650/700 euros like the 511 mic pre, too bad.
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I was hoping for this, thank you RND!
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500 series is taking over. This is beautiful, I'm guessing based on the colors that its basically the shelford series?
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Please bring the Shelford Pre with Texture/Silk to 500.
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Hey Tristan -
I pre-ordered 2 from Sweetwater yesterday - can't wait for them babies to show up. Gonna stick 'em in my new API 500-8B 8 slot lunchbox along with the 4 RND 511 preamps I got last summer. All goes well, I'll get two more of these new 551's to fill up the two empty slots in the 8B. Will rack that above my RND 5033 pair!!
Thanks for the heads up and have a great show!!!
~Jerry - 45 years in pro recording, TV & Radio broadcasting.
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BTW: the price at sweetwater is 850$

I am looking for an EQ too. Definitely, this is an option. Others are the Electra, A Designs PEQ, Chandler Devil EQ, or the lindell that I really want to try to see how it sounds.


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BTW: the price at sweetwater is 850$

I am looking for an EQ too. Definitely, this is an option. Others are the Electra, A Designs PEQ, Chandler Devil EQ, or the lindell that I really want to try to see how it sounds.


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I have a Lindell - it is definitely a pultec style EQ. I'm willing to bet the 551 is outrageously awesome. (and it is not a pultec style haha)
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Please bring the Shelford Pre with Texture/Silk to 500.
With this Eq, I bet they will.
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That would be spectacular but I wonder if its physically possible with the transformer. Though It seems everything is possible this NAMM
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Did I miss the announcement from RND about a new Lunchbox from them? It looks like the LEDs display current draw on the rack, nice feature!
i must have missed that one too.
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Sooo...who designed the Portico EQs?
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh I was about to get the bettermaker eq, now i can´t decide, or ...wait... get both?
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Has somebody actually heard them??
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Sooo...who designed the Portico EQs?
Rupert.
They said " The only 500 series EQ designed by Rupert Neve".
The Portico EQ's are not 500 series.
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Rupert.
They said " The only 500 series EQ designed by Rupert Neve".
The Portico EQ's are not 500 series.
Right, my bad!
They actually aren't offering a Portico/500 EQ.
Pre, compressor and tape emulator, yes, but no EQ.
(And I won't delve on the fact that, on their homepage, the 551 is listed under "Portico" AND is called a "500 series mono compressor". Probably an oversight in the pre-NAMM excitement.)
Semantics aside, I want one (at least)!
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I thought most of the RND gear was designed by the guys who started BMD?
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BMD?
Burns Macdaniels Design
The people who brought us the now Radial Komet, they had started as part of the team at RND.

From my time in TX I was told Rupert was the driving force at RND, but he has always built a Team. Hutch formerly of Manley and our own Jonathan are part of that team.
Rupert has always surrounded himself with talent since the early days of Neve it really hasn't been a one man show in any of his ventures and thank god when you look at the designs that have come from those who have worked beside him!
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500 Lunchbox

Hello!

Any infos about that sweet sexy white 500 series lunchbox from RND?

And is there a chance to get a comp in this new color too?

If not the world will not go down for me....

Thanks
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