Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5051

Inductor EQ / Compressor

Description

Classic tone & dynamics control for the 5088.

The Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5051 combines a three-band Inductor EQ based on Rupert’s vintage designs with the power & flexibility of the Portico II Compressor. Utilizing a fully-discrete class-A signal path and custom audio transformers and inductors, the 5051 delivers all the performance and musicality expected from a Rupert Neve design.

What is an Inductor Equalizer?

Inductors are wires wound around a coil that provide a form of frequency-dependent resistance. When they saturate, they bring out beautifully musical harmonics that give your tracks the smooth, polished sound that has made Rupert’s consoles and equipment so desirable for over fifty years. This is what makes them different from capacitor-based EQ designs, which do a great job at surgical equalization. But inductors provide the tone.

While it is certainly possible to create a functioning EQ using off-the-shelf inductors, we choose to use our own custom inductors for the 5051. This attention to detail in controlling variables such as the winding and core materials in relation to the surrounding circuitry allows the 5051 to capture the vitality and personality of Rupert’s classic designs.

The “Best-Of” EQ

The 5051’s 3-band, custom-tapped inductor EQ was inspired by our favorite elements of Rupert’s vintage EQ designs. The low-frequency band is designed to produce a creamy, resonant bass response similar to a vintage 1064 – but unlike the vintage modules, the LF band on the 5051 can be used as either a shelf or a peak filter, adding punch, dimension, and control to your low end.

The midrange band is based on that of the 1073, ideal for sweetening vocals and instruments while bringing them forward in a mix, and its proportional “Q” response makes it well-suited for minimizing problematic frequencies. The high-frequency band is a hybrid vintage / modern design, blending inductor circuitry with capacitor-based topologies to achieve vintage tones with enhanced control. The High Pass filter is an 18dB/octave design with a switchable 60Hz or 120Hz corner frequency and can be used in tandem with the low-frequency EQ to add a low-end presence without clouding the source material.

As with Rupert’s most prized classic designs, each EQ section uses low-feedback, class-A discrete electronics to prevent low-level artifacts and harshness from detracting from the tonal shaping. However, this new circuit is a decidedly modern design with updated techniques and components that were simply not available 50 years ago, and is definitely not a “clone”.

The VCA Compressor

Every compressor has a gain control element in its circuit, and this is generally what determines the “sound” of the compressor. Some compressors use tubes, some use FETs, some use light-dependent resistors, and some use a diode bridge – but in the 5051, a VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier / Attenuator) is used to control the signal’s gain.

In contrast to a diode bridge design like our 5254, which adds a thick, colorful tonality to the source, the 5051 makes use of a very accurate, low noise, low distortion VCA with essentially no sonic signature of its own. This provides an immense amount of dynamic control without leaving a heavy sonic imprint on your tracks or mixes – perfect for control across an entire console’s worth of channels.

Feed-Forward vs. Feed-Back

This switch changes the point in the signal path where the VCA control voltage is picked off: either before the VCA (feed-forward) or after the VCA (feed-back). In most of Mr. Neve’s earliest designs, feedback detection was intrinsic to the musical dynamic response. However, the very nature of a feedback compressor limits the attack time of the compression circuit, as the control voltage has already passed through the VCA itself. To offer faster, more technically accurate response times, feed-forward detection was also implemented in the 5051: with the FF / FB switch, both classic and modern VCA responses are available.

RMS vs. Peak

One of the more unique features of our VCA compressors is the Peak / RMS mode. This switch allows the VCA to respond to both RMS (Root Mean Square) and peak levels. RMS circuits are considered to better mimic the way the ears perceive apparent loudness, while peak circuits tend to directly respond to the waveform voltage, which may be more of a concern for prevention of clipping and maximizing levels. In this case, peak mode uses a combination of both methods to get the best of both worlds, and avoids the drawbacks of each method on its own.

POWER & RACKS

The 5051 receives +/- 24V rails from an external DC power supply using a 4-pin connection. There are currently two options available: a 25-way 2U rack-mount supply, or a smaller 5-way “brick” supply.

The 5051 can be mounted in our vertical 2–way wooden racks, 9-way metal racks, or within a 5088’s penthouse section.

Please see the Accessories page for more information.


HIGH-FREQUENCY SHELF / PEAK
Selectable at 8 and 16kHz. With continuous gain from -15 to +15 dB. Selectable Peak or Shelf curves.

LINE SELECT
Selects been Line 1 and Line 2 inputs.

MID PARAMETRIC
Selectable at 200, 350, 700, 1.5K, 3K, and 6kHz. With continuous gain from -15 to +15 dB. Selectable Hi Q.

EQ PRE / POST
When engaged, moves the EQ after the compressor.

HPF
Cycles between bypassed, HPF at 60Hz, and HPF at 120Hz.

LOW-FREQUENCY EQ
Selectable at 30, 60, 100, and 220Hz. Continuous gain from -15 to +15 dB. Selectable Peak or Shelf curves.

LEVEL & GAIN REDUCTION METERS
8-segment LED meters for monitoring Gain Reduction and Output Level.

MAKE-UP GAIN
Applies post-compressor make-up gain.

RELEASE TIME
Changes the time taken for the gain to return to 0 after the compressor disengages.

SC HPF
Applies a high-pass filter at 250Hz to the VCA side chain signal.

LINK
Links the 5051 VCA to a 2nd 5051 module, if connected.

ATTACK TIME
Changes the time delay before compression begins.

RATIO
Changes the amount of gain reduction above the set threshold level.

FF/FB
When engaged, changes the VCA detection from feed-forward to feed-back.

COMP IN
Engages the Compressor.

THRESHOLD
Sets the level at which compression begins.

Specifications

LINE IN

FREQUENCY RESPONSE
Main Output, no load.
-3 dB @ 2.5 Hz
-3 dB @ 125 kHz

NOISE
Measured at Main Output, unweighted, 22 Hz – 22 kHz.
Terminated 40 Ohm, With gain at unity: better than -102 dBu

MAXIMUM INPUT
20 Hz to 20 kHz: +25 dBu

MAXIMUM OUTPUT
20 Hz to 20 kHz: +25 dBu

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION AND NOISE
From <10 Hz to 80 kHz.
@ 1kHz, +20 dBu output: Better than 0.002%
@ 20Hz, +20 dBu out: Better than 0.120%
@ 20kHz, +20 dBu out: Better than 0.010%

EQUALIZER

NOISE
Measured at Main Output, unweighted, 22 Hz-22 kHz. Terminated 40 Ohm with all gains set at 0.
Better than -92 dBu

MAXIMUM INPUT
20 Hz to 20 kH: +24.5 dBu

MAXIMUM OUTPUT
20 Hz to 20 kHz: +24.5 dBu

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION AND NOISE
From <10 Hz to 80 kHz.
@ 1kHz, +20 dBu output: Better than 0.007%
@ 20Hz, +20 dBu out: Better than 0.120%
@ 20kHz, +20 dBu out: Better than 0.070%

THE COMPRESSOR
Threshold at +20 dB, Ratio at 1.1:1, Gain at 0.

NOISE
Measured at Main Output, unweighted, 22Hz – 22kHz. Terminated 40 Ohm.
Better than -92 dBu

MAXIMUM INPUT
20 Hz to 20 kHz: +25 dBu

MAXIMUM OUTPUT
20 Hz to 20 kHz: +25 dBu

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION AND NOISE
From <10 Hz to 80 kHz.
@ 1 kHz, +20 dBu output: Better than 0.020%
@ 20 Hz, +20 dBu output: Better than 0.140%
@ 20 kHz, +20 dBu output: Better than 0.070%

THRESHOLD
Continuously Variable from -30 dBu to +20 dBu

RATIO
Continuously Variable from 1.1:1 to 40:1

GAIN
Continuously Variable from -6 dB to +20 dB

ATTACK
Continuously Variable from 20mS to 75mS

RELEASE
Continuously Variable from 100mS to 2.5 Seconds

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5051”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *