Pro Audio Boutique's Thoughts: Very cool news this morning from Rupert Neve Designs. A nice little Pre-AES Show announcement. The new Shelford Series Line from Rupert Neve Designs. The New Shelford Series is all class-A, discrete, +/- 24V topologies, built around custom-wound transformers and inductors. The new Shelford series emulates Mr. Neve's world renowned 80 Series Modules they we all know and love.Want to know more...
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Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Series Concept and History50 years ago, in a converted rectory in Little Shelford, England, Mr. Rupert Neve crafted a series of preamplifier and EQ designs that revolutionized the sound of recorded music. Now residing in Wimberley, Texas, Rupert and his team of engineers have painstakingly combined the very best of these classics with contemporary concepts and components to create the high-voltage Shelford Series of modules.
The heart of the Shelford Series lies within their class-A, discrete, +/- 24V topologies, built around custom-wound transformers and inductors. Rupert carefully engineered these topologies to emulate the renowned 80 Series channel modules crafted during his time in Shelford (1073, 1064, 1081, etc.), and the resulting Shelford Series designs capture the power and soul of his classics, without the compromises of the past. The EQ section is particularly inspired by Rupert’s previous works, featuring a 3-Band EQ based on the highlights of the classic modules.
The low frequency band is primarily based on the 1064, which is renowned for its creamy, resonant bass. Unlike the 1064 however, the LF band can be used as either a shelf or a peak filter, adding punch, dimension, and immense control to your low end. The Shelford EQ’s inductor midrange band is based on Rupert’s prized 1073 EQ, which is ideal for sweetening vocals and instruments while bringing them forward in a mix. The 5052’s high frequency band is a hybrid vintage / modern design, blending inductor circuitry from the 1073 with capacitor-based topologies to deliver vintage tones with enhanced control.