Rupert Neve Designs Introduces First 500 Series Module, the 517 Pre/DI/Comp

Wimberly, TX — November 16, 2010 — At the 2010 AES Convention, Rupert Neve
Designs announced the company’s first foray into the 500 Series with the
Portico 517 Pre/DI/Comp module. Based on the Portico 5017 Mobile Pre, the
517 provides world class, transformer-coupled preamp, compressor and DI
circuitry, with Vari-phase, Silk and DI/mic blending capabilities for $950
U.S. list.

As with other Portico Series modules, the 517 provides industry leading
sonic performance with a versatile feature set capable of functioning in
many different capacities. The same engineer could use a 517 as an
inexpensive means to add new high-end analogue mic amplification, instrument
amplification, vari-phase adjustment and compression to his or her studio
while also utilizing the 517’s unique DI/preamp blending functionality. The
Portico 517 is like a Swiss army knife for the lunchbox.

For Rupert Neve Designs Marketing Director, Tristan Rhodes, the move into
the 500 series makes perfect sense: “Engineers have been requesting that
Rupert design modules for the 500 Series for years now, and with the 517
we’ve developed a module that really takes the format to its limits. To be able to
offer a Rupert Neve Designs preamplifier, instrument amplifier and
compressor with the same transformers as the 5017 in a 500 Series module is
simply tremendous.”

The Portico 517’s microphone and instrument amplifiers provide the sweet,
musical response expected from a Rupert Neve design. With ultra-low
distortion, exceptional bandwidth and the flexibility of Silk, the 5017’s
amplifiers can faithfully reproduce and even enhance every detail captured
by a microphone or instrument.

Based around a new LDR (light dependent resister) design, the 517’s
opto-coupler compressor has been simplified to a single threshold control
with auto make-up gain and a fixed 2:1 ratio. To set the compressor, simply
dial the threshold control down until the desired amount of compression is
achieved. A built-in LED indicates when the compressor is active.

Used as a single channel device for instruments, the 517 can be used to
phase align, combine and compress direct and amplified signals. To achieve
this, the instrument’s direct signal is sent to the DI input and the speaker
cabinet signal via the mic preamp input. The blend control is used for
mixing direct and amplified signals to achieve the desired tonal blend
between the two sources, and the Vari-phase control is used to minimize or
attenuate phase cancellations between the two signals. The compressor can be
applied to both channels. This technique could also be used to create a
single, mixed output of a guitar and vocals or any other pair of sources.

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