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Rupert Neve 511
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List Price: $649.00
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Rupert Neve 511 500-Series Microphone Preamplifier

The Rupert Neve 511 is a truly legendary preamp with the flexibility of variable Silk/Texture, provides exceptional sonic performance and flexibility.

Rupert Neve 511 500-Series Microphone Preamplifier Details

The Rupert Neve 511 is a truly legendary preamp with the flexibility of variable Silk/Texture, provides exceptional sonic performance and flexibility. The Rupert Neve 511 Incorporates the pristine 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. The 511 is a Rupert Neve designed workhorse, getting you a rich harmonic, and musical character.

For company founder (and lead designer) Rupert Neve, the design process was far more intensive than copying existing designs. "?Although creating a functional 500 Series mic pre is relatively simple, designing those modules to equal their non-500 Series counterparts with the current, voltage and space restraints is quite challenging. 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." And that is what sets the 511 apart from others.

The Rupert Neve 511 can be used for either mic or line sources, and pairs perfectly with any ribbon, dynamic, condenser, or tube microphone. A polarity reverse switch is available to conquer phase issues when using multiple microphones. The 12 dB/octave swept high-pass filter can be dialed-in to remove rumble with minimal artifacts, and also to control proximity effect in close-mic"?d vocals or other sources. To coax more rich harmonic content from the output transformer, the Silk Red mode can be engaged to add more thickness and sparkle in the high end as the Texture level is increased. While a little Silk Red can sound great on nearly any source, it is especially useful on dynamic and ribbon microphones that are inherently lacking in high-frequency energy and excitement.

    • A 12-way precision rotary switch controls gain from 0 to 66 dB in 6 dB steps.
  • TRIM
    • Continuously variable +/-6 dB level control.
  • +48V
    • Engages phantom power on the microphone input, as supplied by the 500 series rack.
    • Push button inverts the polarity of the signal path, and illuminates when engaged. The symbol "??" is often used to denote opposite polarity.
    • The high pass filter is continuously variable from 20-250Hz and engaged by the HPF switch, which illuminates when engaged. It is a valuable aid in any signal chain, but particularly so in a microphone preamplifier. Signals below the selected frequency are attenuated at a rate of 12db / octave, getting rid of proximity effect, building rumble, air handling, motor hum, etc.
    • Pushing the Silk button engages the red Silk circuit, which reduces the negative feedback on the output transformer, adding harmonic content as the texture is increased. Red Silk accentuates the saturation in the mid and high frequencies, similar to that of the red silk mode on the Portico II Channel. By manipulating the Texture control, the amount of Silk can be changed from essentially absent, to roughly 10 times the amount of coloration / distortion found in Silk from the original Portico Series. With Silk / Texture engaged, the distortion characteristic and harmonic content of the unit are very reminiscent of many of Rupert"?s class-A vintage designs.
    • An Eight-segment LED bar-graph meter displays output level (pre-Silk). The color range proceeds from green for lower level signals, yellow for intermediate signals, and red for high levels. When the 511 is clipped, the highest red LED will hold longer depending on how far above the clip threshold the signal was.

Rupert Neve 511 500-Series Microphone Preamplifier Specifications

  • Noise: Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 22Hz-22kHz, source impedance 150 Ohms balanced. Noise performance can vary depending on the 500 series and / or interference from stray magnetic fields.
    • Unity Gain : Better than -103dBV
    • With Gain @ +66dB : Better than -60dBV
    • Equivalent Input Noise : -125dB
  • Frequency Response: Main output, no load Main Output +/- 0.1dBu from 10Hz to 31.5kHz -2.6dB @ 120kHz
  • Maximum Output Level : +23dBu
  • Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise @ 1kHz, +20dBu output level, no load. Better than 0.0025% @ 20Hz, +20dBu output level, no load. 0.025% Typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise with SILK engaged TEXTURE @ min
  • @ 100Hz, +20dBu input level, no load 0.015%, mostly 3rd harmonic (typical)
  • TEXTURE @ max : @ 100Hz, +20dBu input level, no load 2%, mostly 2rd harmonic (typical)
  • Gain Unity up to +66dB in 6dB steps. Trim continuously adjustable from -6dB to +6dB.
  • Phantom Power Supplied by the 500 series rack power supply. Switch selectable on faceplate.
  • High Pass Filter Continuously variable swept frequency from 20Hz to 250Hz.
  • Slope: 12dB/Octave
  • Power Requirements @ +/-16VDC 100mA

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What We Think

What can you say about anything from Mr. Neve, that hasn"?t been said before? We all know his gear and legacy, and we all love it. What he is doing with RND is different than before, but is still just as impressive. The Rupert Neve Designs 511 gives you a Mr. Neve Pre in the 500 series format, at a ridiculously affordable price. It is musical, present, with the right amount of forwardness and detail. It gives you stepped gain, and a variable trim, to choose if you want it cleaner, or if you want to drive the transformer for more saturation. Then toss in the signature "?Silk" mode, and contour the harmonic richness in the mids, to get a sound that is just"".. well, leaves you warm and speechless. I love everything Mr. Neve has contributed to this industry, and I am bold enough to say that the industry would be a bad place if he never came here to contribute. The 511 is one of the best values in the industry today. It doesn"?t matter the style of music, or the sound source, the 511 has you covered with a rich and fluid sound that will definitely improve your recordings. Get yourself a Purple Audio Sweet Ten Rack, and load it with 511s (be sure to check out Front End Audio's 500-Series Rack Attack Bundles for fantastic savings when buying multiple 500-Series modules). You"?re done.

- Ryan

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Average Customer Review 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 | Write a review!

  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Warm and fuzzy July 3, 2014
Reviewer: Benjy Johnson from Greensboro, NC United States  
Yep, I said fuzzy.  The midrange of these is so cool on electric guitars!!  These have just the right feature set at just the right price point to own a whole rack full.  I use em everyday on electric guitars.  But they are solid on kick snare combo also.  Vocals tend to be a bit darker through them , but hey, if it's what you're looking for....  I love these.  High pass, silk circuit and kick asss midrange.  Yep.

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Great for the cost! April 18, 2014
Reviewer: KC from CA, United States  
Definitely something to add to your power chassis. I use a pair of these on acoustic tracking and with the "silk" feature, this thing is a keeper! "Warm and clear" are some of the words I would use to describe these.

These things are also of high build quality, pretty heavy for a 500 series preamp.

I was actually going to sell these but I couldn't bear to let them go.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
excellent addition to your studio May 20, 2013
Reviewer: David Williams from Medford, MA United States  
Open, in your face preamp with versatile tone coloring options. I've been relying on my Auteur previously for recording flute. The Neve is much more present and gives a more close-up perspective to the recordings. I plan on adding another of these to my studio very soon.

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