Here are two new offerings to stick into your 500-Series rack! One comes from Rupert Neve Designs, the other from German audiophiles Elysia. Here’s more about each:
Neve 545 Primary Source Enhancer
Rupert Neve Designs introduced a 500-Series version of the Portico 5045 analog feedback eliminator. The 545 Primary Source Enhancer incorporates the same circuitry and is a mono device, designed for vocal or instrumental feedback reduction. Essentially, it acts as a noise gate that’s able to discern between legitimate input signal and feedback noise.
The signal path is all-analogue, with no filtering or digital processing to be found. It also features RND’s custom input and output transformers. The control panel is laid out very clearly. There are Threshold & Depth rotary controls, the latter setting how much attenuation is being applied after the input signal falls below the threshold.
There are also an Engage button for turning on or bypassing the unit, a Fast push-button to switch between slow or fast attack & release times, and a Peak button to select between RMS and Peak detection modes. Peak is useful for catching faster transients and RMS is good for a slower response characteristic.
The front panel layout is complete with an Active LED which shows when the 545 is affecting signal.
The module will ship this month, priced USD 749.
Elysia skulpter 500
This unit is a “sound shaping preamp” with two kinds of saturation, lo-cut filter and a one-knob compressor. There’s also a balanced DI input on the front panel so the circuit can handle other instruments such as guitars, synths, and effects. The preamp has up to 65dB of gain and all the stages are discrete. The input stage is DC-coupled so no coupling capacitors colour the original signal. Made in Germany, the skulpter is manufactured with gold-plated circuit boards, a rugged aluminium front panel, and solid aluminium knobs. The price is USD 949 or EUR 589 sans VAT.