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Rupert Neve 542 500-Series Tape Emulator

Rupert Neve 542
Rupert Neve 542
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Rupert Neve 542 500-Series Tape Emulator

The Rupert Neve 542 500-Series Tape Emulator is a follow-up to the acclaimed Portico 5042. As such, it delivers a remarkable simulation of classic tape sound through the inclusion of genuine tape drive circuitry while also incorporating a number of new methods for adding analogue color to individual tracks and mixes.

Rupert Neve 542 500-Series Tape Emulator Details

The 542's "True Tape" emulation circuit provides the nostalgic rounding and compression typically achieved only through the use of tape, and can offset the harshness often found in digital recordings. Unlike digital emulations, the "True Tape" drive circuit works by feeding a tiny magnetic "record head," which in turn is coupled to a correctly-equalized replay amplifier. As the voltage rises on the "record head," saturation increases, and a soft-clip circuit engages at higher levels to round off harsh peak transients. The sound of the tape circuit can be further modified with selectable 15 and 30 ips modes, providing a "saturation equalization" of sorts, and a pre/post-tape blend control. In addition to the tape circuit, the 542 also includes the variable Silk/Texture circuitry found in the Portico II series of modules (with both much-loved Red and Blue modes), which allows the engineer to fine-tune the harmonic ratio and tonality of the output transformer.

For engineers, the 542 is an intuitive and dynamic tonal control. The non-linear qualities of the "True Tape" head, Soft-Clip and Silk circuits can be combined and tuned by simply adjusting the saturation, blend and texture controls. These effects can help breathe new life into sterile tracks and enhance performances with their dynamic response. For example, a snare drum captured with a dynamic microphone that sounds anemic and "?dead" in the high-end could be run through the 542′s tape and Red Silk circuits to simultaneously thicken the low end and sweeten the high end. If the snare is overly dynamic, the saturation knob can push the signal into soft-clip mode, thus reducing transient spikes. Additionally, the blend control can be used to preserve the drums natural dynamics and transient content even with more extreme applications of soft-clip and saturation.

Similarly, using two 542's across a mix, the gain staging can be optimized such that the tape circuit provides extra intensity and excitement in the loudest sections before final compression and limiting. Using this technique can help retain a more dynamic feel, even after the dynamics have been reduced, as the instances with the most compression correspond to the instances that have more pleasant harmonic distortion provided by the "True Tape" circuitry.

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LOVE THAT TAPE SOUND!!!! September 22, 2016
Reviewer: FliesInEden from Chicago, IL United States  
This is by far the piece of equipment that has tamed the harshness of my digital recordings and brought me closer to the classy sound I've been searching for.  I've tried burl ADC, symphony I/o, Darker mic (Lauten), RND inductor eqs, portico 5043, elysia karacter, UAD plug ins etc. and I'm most happy with what the 542's have done to the sound.  Absolutely love all the previous gear mentioned, but these will be used on everything!   No better way to get that full, rounded, and rolled off sound of tape than using actual tape heads!

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This is that special sauce I've been looking for. March 31, 2016
Reviewer: RBW  
This thing is an absolute joy. Every button and knob work together to create an analog sandbox that is completely fun to play in. It washes any source in warmth dialed to taste. The result is a 3 dimensional, cohesive collection of tracks that are easy to mix ITB. Now, I'm planning on another.

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Excellent June 11, 2014
Reviewer: A  
I bought one of these to try out a while back. Shortly after, I bought another to have a pair.  Now I have four. Doesn't exactly sound like tape, but it does similar things and just sounds like a piece of good, colorful and versatile analog gear.

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