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The 517 is the first 500 series compressor from Rupert Neve Designs. Like the Portico 5017, on which it is based, the 517 features a transformer-coupled preamplifier, DI circuitry, and compressor. Additionally, the unit incorporates Vari-phase, Silk, and DI/mic blending functionality into its repertoire, all of which render it capable of exemplary sonic quality suitable for any performance or recording application.
The 517’s compressor is an opto-coupler compressor based around a new LDR design and simplified to an individual threshold control. The compressor’s default ratio is 2:1, with a fixed attack and release. However, this can be customized by turning the threshold counter-clockwise until the desired level of compression is achieved.
In addition to Rupert Neve’s signature Silk circuitry, which adds harmonics to the in-out signal for a more vintage warmth, the 517 also features a Vari-phase control, which incrementally adjusts the phase. This is especially useful when combining two signals emitted from an identical source. This control is also especially useful when used in tandem with the 517’s internal blend controls, affording users the ability to blend and align their signal in precise increments for subtly enhanced and undeniably vintage sound quality.