Versatile “best of both worlds” design!
2-channel Microphone Preamp with Highpass Filter and Silk Circuit
Rupert Neve is an audio legend whose electronics designs defined the golden age of analog.. Unlike the Shelford Channel's vintage-style topology that utilizes a mic input transformer, the 5211 utilizes a fully transformerless input stage that optimizes signal clarity direct from the microphone. Combined with the more intense saturation from its variable Silk circuit and custom output transformer’s lower-headroom tap, the 5211 can produce tones ranging from warm and fat to breathtakingly clear and detailed. Simply put: the Rupert Neve Designs 5211 delivers the best of vintage and modern.
The 5211's balanced mic input employs a Transformer-like Amplifier (TLA) scheme to capture microphone signals as purely as possible. With the 48-volt phantom power switched off, this input performs as an ultra-high-quality line input with an impedance of 9k ohms. Each channel features 72dB of extremely low-noise, low-distortion gain controlled with a 6dB-stepped switch and a continuously variable ±6dB Trim. Switchable polarity reverse, 48-volt phantom power, and a swept 20Hz–250Hz highpass filter are available to further control the input, with a Silk control available for the outputs.
Silk! What is Silk? In brief, Silk is a tonal option applied within the unit’s output stage that manipulates the signal’s harmonic content to create the sonic character associated with Rupert Neve’s vintage modules. By reducing negative feedback and saturating the output transformer while adjusting the frequency spectrum, Silk provides a sweet, musical enhancement of the input signal – and when the level is driven to the edge of its headroom, the Silk’s effect is multiplied.
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