500 Series

    Overview

    There are countless 500 series modules on offer today, but ours are the only ones designed specifically for the 500 series by Mr. Rupert Neve.

    Capturing the quality of our equipment within the confines of the lower voltage and current available of the 500 series standard took painstaking effort. With new transformer and amplifier designs, these new Rupert Neve Designs 500 series modules offer superb performance with the flexibility and affordability the 500 series is known for.

    R10 Ten Slot 500 Series Rack

    The R10 is a rack-mountable powerhouse for your studio or mobile rig, with more than 150% the required power for your ten favorite 500 Series modules.

    R6 Six Slot 500 Series Rack

    With abundant power and versatile connections, the R6 delivers peace of mind for engineers who demand a higher degree of confidence in their 500 Series racks


    511 Mic Pre with Texture

    With a big, bold preamp and the flexibility of variable Silk/Texture, Rupert Neve designed the 511 to combine classic sonics with 500-series value. Incorporating the 517′s powerful preamp, the 5012′s universally useful sweepable high pass filter, and the transformer-saturating power of a variable silk circuit derived from our flagship Portico II Channel, the 511 is a Rupert Neve-designed mic pre for the masses.


    517 Mic Pre / DI / Comp

    Based on the Portico 5017 Mobile Pre, the 517 provides world-class transformer-coupled micpreamp, compressor and DI circuitry with Vari-phase, “Silk” and DI/mic blending capabilities – all in a single 500 series module.


    535 Diode Bridge Compressor

    Punchy, thick and versatile, the 535 Diode Bridge Compressor captures the soul of Rupert Neve’s original 2254 compressor while providing modern updates including advanced timing control, significantly lower noise, fully stepped controls throughout, and internal parallel processing capabilities. Originally developed for the dynamics circuit of the acclaimed Shelford Channel, the 535 is outfitted with Rupert Neve Designs’ custom transformers and class-A output amplifiers, all tailor-made for the popular 500-series format.


    542 Tape Emulator with Texture

    The 542 delivers a thick, musical simulation of tape while drastically enhancing creative control over the 5042 via a number of new features. In addition to the the “true tape” circuitry – great for bringing out 3rd-order harmonics – the 542 incorporates a soft-clip circuit that tames the harshest sources and enhances 2nd-order harmonics, a variable and versatile Silk/Texture circuit for three transformer tones in one, and a wet/dry control to blend in the perfect amount of saturation.


    543 Mono Compressor / Limiter

    The 543 Mono Compressor delivers the unobtrusive, musical-sounding dynamic control and brick-wall limiting made famous in the Portico 5043 to the 500 series format. The 543 features a fully controllable compressor-limiter with feed-forward / feedback modes, Peak / RMS detection and a built in side chain high pass filter.


    545 Primary Source Enhancer

    Delivering the world’s most natural feedback reduction and adding focus to your primary sources, the 545 is a truly unique tool for improving your live sound.


    551 Inductor EQ

    The 551 Inductor EQ is the 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 for the very first time.

    Reviews
    After using it, I realized that there were several important design features in this rack that I had previously neglected or underestimated in my initial chart. It’s always a good feeling when your appreciation for something continues to grow after the purchase — which is so infrequently the case.
    Chuck Zwicky (TapeOp)
    The 5045 is the one piece of hardware I can’t do a show without. It let’s me eq the mic for how I want it in the mix instead of worrying about feedback. It’s especially game changing when the vocalist is out in front of the mains.
    Vincent Casamatta (Maroon 5, Halsey)
    The 535 has changed my world on Bass Guitar. It sounds great on everything, however on bass, nothing has brought the Bass guitar out of the mix like the 535. It gives this richness, texture and weight. It just sits thick and juicy, and it doesn’t step on the mix, it just fattens it and thickens it. It’s a fantastic compressor.
    Andy Meyer (Justin TImberlake, Madonna, Bruno Mars )
    When I first heard the Shelford Channel, I fell in love again with the Diode Bridge compressor and knew that I was going to need more of Shelford’s just for the compressor now I can have that compressor on its own. The 535’s are something special that is very familiar to me since I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of years recording mainly on Neve consoles. Everything that I ran through the 535’s sounded better from the drum buss, bass, electric guitar, and vocals. The Blend function is brilliant! Sometimes I’m looking for over the top and sometimes I want it to be subtle, the Blend allows that very easily. The biggest problem with the 535’s is that I’m going to need a whole lot more of them!
    Brian Foraker (Heart, Soundgarden, Bad Company)
    When I first heard the 535 on drums it blew me away! It has great punch that translates so well in the mix. It’s almost cheating.
    E A Ski (Master P, Ice Cube)
    I’m loving the new 535 diode bridge compressor. To be able to have a compressor that sounds this massive, with a blend knob, is a 500 series rack is an audio dream come true…. I’d like to have 20, please!
    Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Adele)
    9/10: Both the 511 and 517 are great preamps, easily worthy of finding themselves in the best studios in the world!
    MusicTech (MusicTech)
    absolutely awesome, just got one and absolutely love it!! sounds so smooth even with ridiculous boosting going on!! Really cant stress how much I am enjoying using it
    dreadedheaded ((from gearslutz.com))
    Rated 5/5” I’ve been using a pair of these for a month or so now. I’m very happy with them. Silk/Texture really is great. At moderate settings it has a classic sound to it and at high settings it becomes extremely obvious and takes the sound to new places. Contrary to some other opinions, this is not subtle, at least not at higher settings. At lower settings, yes – you could say its subtle.
    gainstages (gearslutz)
    I highly, highly recommend it. In fact, if anyone asks me what they would start with building a lunchbox, this would be my suggestion.
    johnkenn (gearslutz.com)