Rupert Neve returns to the classics
Marking Rupert Neve Designs’ first new transformer-gain, Class-A mic preamp in over 40 years, the Shelford Channel’s preamplifier uses a directly-coupled transformer input with gain provided by the custom transformer itself. The RN4012 transformer provides the first 15dB of gain, with the rest of the 72dB of gain provided by the Class-A amplifier blocks controlled by a stepped attenuator and precision trim pot. The mic pre section also includes a sweepable 20 to 250Hz high-pass filter, mic/line selection, 48V phantom power, and polarity reverse.
The new preamp design is complemented by the 1073- and 1064-inspired inductor EQ section from the manufacturer’s existing Shelford 5051 and 5052 modules, a new diode bridge compressor inspired by the 2254 with additional functionality, a new dual-tap transformer output with high- and low-headroom outputs, variable Silk/Texture transformer saturation, and reportedly twice the operating voltage of Rupert Neve’s vintage modules.