Rupert Neve Designs 5060 Centerpiece by alvarodrigo
First of all, please excuse my English. It's not my mother language, and this could be a bit of a problem when it comes to reviewing any piece of hardware.
We've had our 5060 for a few months now, used mainly for mastering and mixing applications.
Last September we were looking for a summing mixer with insert points, and were considering the SPL Mix Dream for this purpose, as well as some Dangerous Music units. We were also looking for a nice monitor controller for A/B comparisons, and there were many options available, but there was no way we could get our hands on any piece of gear to try them out.
Being adviced by sales engineer Jorge Fernandez, he said: "..have you seen the 5060 CP already? It's soon to be launched, and I'd guess you'll find it suitable for your needs.. It's got it all, and perhaps a bit more."
After reading about its features, I was able to accept the price tag. I would take a lot of time comparing features between many pieces of high end gear, as well as having second thoughts about getting the first of a new sieres of hardware (we got serial 0011), but we finally decided to get the unit that gathered everything within one piece of gear.
Size, feel, sound, ease of use: they did a great job building this thing. As a monitor controller I couldn't ask for anything else. I switch between sources with ease and with a smooth, quiet and even response. The dim controller helps keeping comparisons at same perceived loudness.
I keep a reference track on EXT.1, then my source original file on EXT.2, and my processed monitor at EXT.3 - I just "jump" between them for A/B/C comparisons.
I use focal twin 6be as my main monitoring system (MON1), and one mixcube as a second reference in true mono (MON2-mono engaged). Right now I use MON3 for monitoring in a different room.
This thing is noiseless and perfect, and soundwise it's an absolute delight to get everything through it and engage some ammount of silk red on the whole mix. It is a summing mixer, and for us its real purpose is defining our workflow. Everything revolves around it, and its a safe feeling. Reliable.
There's nothing bad I could say about it, really. Our setup is simple: Orion32 AD/DA (24ch on Mac/usb) - Switchcraft patchbay - 5060 Centerpiece. Once you read about what this mixer has to offer, and think of how you can work with it, then it's a no brainer. You get exactly what RND announces. Just take a look at the I-O ports/jacks and the mixer's layout. DAW-Analog heaven.
Transport control works with pro tools with no trouble. It's scary to think about something this well engineered and planned.
I did this review as a happy costumer, so there you go. Final verdict: satisfied over my expectations.