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Rupert Neve Designs Debuts 5254 Compressor, Updates Portico II

Rupert Neve Designs has unveiled its new 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor and an updated version of its Portico II: Master Buss Processor.

Rupert Neve Designs’s new 5254 Compressor and updated Portico II
Rupert Neve Designs’s new 5254 Compressor (top) and updated Portico II

Wimberley, TX (October 20, 2020)—Rupert Neve Designs has unveiled its new 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor and an updated version of its Portico II: Master Buss Processor.

The 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor contains two channels of diode bridge compression, based on the dynamics circuit in the company’s Shelford Channel. Aiming to reproduce the sound of Rupert Neve’s 1970 diode bridge compressors while providing more flexible controls, the new units include advanced timing control, fully stepped controls throughout, higher voltage power rails, internal parallel processing and more.

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A unified Timing control offers six selectable settings for different applications, with a Fast button to increase the speed of both attack and release times for each setting, effectively doubling the number of time constants from six to 12. Reportedly faster Timing settings will induce more harmonic content, while slower settings will result in more transparent compression.

The Dual Diode Bridge Compressor can be operated in either dual mono or stereo linked configurations, with two VU meters displaying either gain reduction or output level. It also includes Rupert Neve Designs’ custom audio transformers and Class-A line amplifiers, 31-position detented controls, full-wave side-chain detection, a sweepable side-chain high-pass filter and external side-chain insert, and an internal universal power supply that works worldwide on 90-240 VAC.

Meanwhile, the company’s long-running Portico II Master Buss Processor is now available with new black cosmetics.

The Dual Diode Bridge Compressor will ship later this month, running $3,599 US, as will the Portico II, running $3,995 US.

Rupert Neve Designs • www.rupertneve.com

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