Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel
With fifty years of audio innovation, the Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel is the culmination of Rupert's classic console modules technologies like the 1073, 1064, 1081 and the 2254.
It also features Rupert Neve's new transformer-gain, class-A microphone preamp design in over 40 years, the now classic inductor EQ from the Shelford 5052, a incredible diode bridge compressor, the versatile analog Silk saturation circuits, a new dual-tap transformer output stage for maintaining headroom or allowing the full driving of the channel without clipping standard converters, and twice the operating voltage of vintage designs.
With this classic topology, the input transformer design is extraordinarily challenging, and the RN4012 transformer utilized in the Shelford Channel went through many generations before Mr. Rupert Neve was satisfied. This transformer provides the first 15dB of gain, with the rest of the 72dB of gain provided by the discrete, class-A amplifier blocks controlled by a stepped attenuator and precision trim pot. The Shelford Channel’s design directly couples the input transformer to the microphone line. When this new transformer is combined with its surrounding class-A input amplifiers, the result is the unmistakably smooth high and low frequencies of the most famous vintage modules in the world, yet with incredibly low noise and superior isolation. The mic pre section also includes a sweepable 20-250Hz high-pass filter, Mic / Line selection, 48V phantom power, and polarity reverse.
With richly-colored tonal options for making bold statements with your music, and precisely-engineered detented controls for recall, the vintage-inspired Shelford Channel maintains the soul of Rupert’s classic designs with new levels of versatility, delivering what can only be described as the combined essence of fifty years of Rupert Neve’s designs, ready to make history in the modern recording world.