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Rupert Neve DesignsThe Channel Strip 500 Series Starter Pack


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Rupert Neve Designs The Channel Strip

From vocals to guitars, or any other instrument, the Channel Strip 500 Series Pack from Rupert Neve Designs provides one of the most comprehensive starting points for your 500 series adventures. The combination of the 511 preamp, 535 Diode Bridge compressor, and the 551 Inductor EQ loaded up into an R6 rack puts a number of flexible tools at your disposal, giving your tracks a healthy bump in quality and sound.

The Rupert Neve R6 gives users one of the best tools possible for getting the most out of their 500 series modules: a competent rack with a straightforward design and loads of power. In addition to being built in accordance with 500 Series specifications, the R6 also boasts a plethora of connection options. Connections include 8 channels of balanced I/O (including XLR, TRS, and DB-25) that can be used interchangeably, making the R6 a portable and versatile option for housing 500 Series modules.

The Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 is a single-channel microphone preamplifier that implements all the coveted features and usability of a larger Portico outboard rack unit into the 500-series format. The module boasts Rupert Neve's signature Silk button, for added harmonics that result in a characteristically vintage tone reminiscent of its manufacturer's early designs.While the 511 is advertised as a microphone preamplifier, it does not always have to be used in this way. Setting the gain knob at 0dB enables the module to accept line-level signals. 

Additionally, the 511 can power condenser miss and active DI boxes via Phantom Power, which can be activated simply by pushing the corresponding button. 

The legacy of Rupert Neve's renowned diode bridge compressor designs lives on with the 535, a 500-series adaptation of a compression circuit developed for the Shelford Channel. With nearly 50 years of further design experience gained since the original diode bridge compressors were released, the 535 is a refined, modern take on a classic design with more dynamics and more control. And thanks to its 500-series form factor, this is a highly compact, flexible compressor that can find a place in nearly any studio.

Inspired by some of Rupert Neve's vintage EQ designs, the 551 features a low frequency bands that produces a characteristically creamy and resonant bass response. However, the 551 implements a new feature here that sets it apart from its predecessors: its LF band operates as either a peak or shelf filter for added punch, dimension, and management of low-end frequencies.

The Channel Strip Features

  • R6 Specs:
    • DC Voltage to Units: +/-16VDC and +48VDC for phantom power
    • Max Current: 1000mA for modules, 150mA for 48V phantom power
    • Power Requirements: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 50 Watts
    • Weight: 9.5lbs
    • Dimensions: 13" long x 7.5"wide x 5.5" high
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