Rupert Neve Designs 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor brings two channels in the style of a 2254 compressor and modernizes its classic design with today’s features. That brings an even better sound with more control.
According to Rupert Neve, the circuit design of the 5254 is based on the compressor unit of the Shelford channel compressor. The new Dual Diode Bridge Compressor is an evolution of the Neve 2254 channel limiter compressor module from the late 60s.
There are now two channels of the classic, compactly housed in a 19-inch housing with 1 U. The features should meet today’s requirements – that is also a big difference to the vintage template.
The 5254 contains specially made transformers and Class A preamplifiers. The new technology also ensures less noise. The compressor works either dual mono or linked in stereo.
You don’t get separate controls for attack and release here, but instead a uniform timing control. It works in six stages and therefore is suitable for various applications. The Fast Button changes to a faster attack and release times – the button activate a turbo boost, so to speak, with which you get a total of 12 attacks/release times. And they adapt to the ratio, the threshold, and even the source material. That sounds like a nifty design.
The controls are rasterized and each has 31 positions. This gives you precise settings, which is especially welcome when mastering. The blend control ensures the simple possibility of parallel processing – a feature that is very much in demand these days. There is also an adjustable high-pass filter (20 to 250 Hz at 12 dB / octave) with a sidechain for each channel, plus inputs for insert loops on each channel.
If you like the classic Neve sound and have the necessary money, you will definitely be happy about this new compressor.
Rupert Neve Designs 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor price and availability
The Rupert Neve Designs 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor is now available to pre-order on Bhphotovideo.com for $3599.
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