Rupert Neve Designs 5057 Orbit Summing Mixer is a 16-channel analog summing mixer with some nice bonuses. This includes the well-known Silk Saturation or the output transformers from the Shelford Channel. Let’s take a closer look at the good piece.
The 5057 Orbit is a device for the 19-inch rack. The good piece is just one height unit (1 HU), ideal for compact studio rooms. The summer works with Class A circuits and offers Silk Red and Blue saturation modes. With it, you thicken the signals a little more harmoniously when they are driven into the “sweet zone”.
The transformers with dual-tap output stage are specially made for Neve and are also used, for example, in the Shelford Channel or the 5211 preamp.
Like most summers, the 5057 Orbit Summing Mixer looks pretty sober. Still, there are some interesting features to be seen here. Four buttons, for example, for the mono summation of 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 channels. The knob for texture determines the degree of the analog silk saturation. The trim control with associated LED displays for the left and right output channels is also located here.
On the back, we can see a power input and on/off switch, a lift/ground switch, outputs for -6 dB, and main output – all of which are XLR sockets with gold-plated connections. There are also two jack sockets for the link function and two DB-25 sockets for channels 1 to 8 and 9 to 16.
According to the manufacturer, the signal path that is as “puristic” as possible works with fixed level settings for the channels and rasterized volume control for the main output. Ruper Neve Designs promises minimal crosstalk and precise channel matching (at +/- 0.1 dB).
Via the link inputs just mentioned, the device can work in unison with the 5059 satellite and 5060 centerpiece and thus represent a complete system for mixing, monitoring, and summing.
Rupert Neve Designs 5057 Orbit Summing Mixer price and availability
Rupert Neve Designs 5057 Orbit Summing Mixer is already available to pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com for $1,999 – let’s see how this turns out. For a Neve product, this is still in the range that smaller studios can go with. That looks very promising.
Back in October last year, Rupert Neve Designs has introduced the 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor that brings two channels in the style of a 2254 compressor, modernizes its classic design with today’s features, is priced at $3,599.