Wimberley, TX (January 18, 2013)—Rupert Neve Designs will release two new 500 Series modules during the 2013 NAMM show next week in Anaheim, CA.
Labeled as the 511 Mic Pre with Silk and the 542 True Tape Emulator with Texture, these are the only 500 Series modules designed by company founder and lead designer Rupert Neve. The 511 incorporates the preamp circuitry from the 517, the sweepable high-pass filter from the 5012, and the power of a variable Silk circuit derived from the flagship Portico II Channel.
“In creating the 511, we experimented with a number of different transformer and circuit topologies 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, the 511’s performance is nearly indistinguishable from standard Portico Series modules,” commented Neve.
The 542 is a follow-up to the Portico 5042. It’s “True Tape” emulation circuit aims to provide the rounding and compression associated with the use of tape and reportedly offset the harshness often found in digital recordings. The “True Tape” drive circuit works by feeding a tiny magnetic “record head,” which in turn is coupled to a correctly-equalized replay amplifier. As the voltage rises on the “record head,” saturation increases, and a soft-clip circuit engages at higher levels to round off harsh peak transients.
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