When one of our contributors at the 2018 Winter NAMM told us early on Thursday that there were whisperings of a new “Neve box”, it certainly caught our attention. Later in the day it emerged that there really was a new RND hardware product at the show – and quite the reveal it was, too…
RMP-D8 8-channel Dante Microphone Preamp
Rupert Neve Designs has decided to venture into Dante territory with the RMP-D8, bringing its hallmark sound to modern, professional live sound environments. On the I/O side, the new pre has eight mic/line inputs, each with with 48V phantom power, polarity reverse, an input pad and high pass filter. The Class A mic pres are 1dB-stepped, offer 60dB of gain and can be controlled remotely. Four dual-channel AES outputs are provided as XLR connectors.
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Converting to Dante
The converters are 24-bit/192kHz – RND call them “mastering grade” – and there’s also jitter reduction technology at work. The custom transformers used here will, no doubt, be of exceptional quality. The power supplies are also described in the marketing material we’ve seen as being “ultra-reliable” and “redundant”, exactly what you need in a live environment. The Dante integration is likely to be flawless, and there are evidently redundant ports used here to increase reliability.
So Rupert Neve Designs have converted to Dante – awesome, we say. No price information is available as yet, and availability is slated for Late Spring 2018.