Rupert Neve Designs 511 Microphone Preamp

500 Series Preamp with Sweepable Highpass Filter
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The 5017 Sound in a Lunchbox

Rupert Neve Designs is expanding their 500 Series lineup with the 511 microphone preamp. The 511 combines the pristine sound of their acclaimed 5017 preamp, the sweepable highpass filter from their 5012, and the tone-packed Silk/Texture circuit from their Portico II. We're sure the 511 is going to be a workhorse preamp that would suit any studio.

Rupert Neve Designs 511 Microphone Preamp at a Glance:
  • Preamp circuitry from the 5017 preamp
  • Versatile tone shaping provided by the Silk/Texture circuit
  • Sweepable highpass filter circuit from the 5012 preamplifier
Preamp circuitry from the 5017 preamp

If you're a recording engineer you understand what we mean when we say this preamp gives you the Neve sound. With a preamp section taken from Rupert Neve Designs's acclaimed 5017 mic preamp, you get an amazing sounding signal path with that signature sound. Many products claim to have some lineage to Rupert Neve, but this preamplifier was actually designed by the man himself.

Versatile tone shaping provided by the Silk/Texture circuit

If the vintage Neve sound is what you're after, look no further. Rupert Neve Designs added their Silk tone shaping to the 511 preamp to dial in a warmer vintage sound. With its variable control you can get anything from warm round sounds to more modern crystal clear performance and everything in-between.

Sweepable highpass filter circuit from the 5012 preamplifier

Even with the compact 500 series design you get even more control of your sound with the 511's sweepable highpass filter taken from their 5012. You can remove the rumble and low-end that can muddy up your signal, and do it with surgical precision.

Rupert Neve Designs 511 Microphone Preamp Features:
  • Sonically flexible microphone preamplifier in 500 Series format
  • High-quality mic preamp taken from the 5017
  • Silk control gives you vintage to modern sounds
  • Tailor your low-end with a sweepable highpass filter
  • Compact and convenient 500 series design
Excellent sound quality and flexibility makes the 511 a great preamp for any project!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
Industry Legend Rupert Neve Turns 90
Hands On: Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 22Hz-22kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 511

Customer Reviews

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Awesome sound

This 511 sounds awesome it sounds so balance so musical you hear thing that you did not here before the silk is unreal , is like a present control only better.the feel of the controls and switches are a couple words if you love the way audio sounds this thing is magical. I cannot say enough good about lt.if this neve suff sound this perfect it's the only thing to buy .to me it the best sound ever.that my passion audio ,electronic, music .thank you rupurt neve.thanks ben porter you guys pay attention to detail .

THE 'MIC PRE' OF MIC PRE'S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have been dealing with sweetwater 10+ yrs. if you could see my account order history it is a studio worth of top of the line stuff i have purchased over the years. thanx to my sale engineer (jeff law) when i mentioned a modern mic pre he recommended the 511 mic pre. i use it in conjunction with a + and a and the output cable is a going into my audio interface. ok to make a long story short. this is my MAIN vocal set-up.
Music background: audio engineer, edm producer, song writer

Excellent tone at killer price

I hate all the good reviews from people justifying their purchases, but there's just absolutely nothing wrong with this pre...Excellent. Smooth, smooth highs with reminiscent (vintage) Neve lows. Mids are smooth as well and didn't stick out on Vox or guitars. The highs seem to be more open like my Helios and has more bottom than the Helios. The silk button and adjustable texture knob are interesting. It's subtle. I seemed to notice more top end distortion/harmonics (if that's what you call it) did seem to be more like some of the Neve reissues I've used with more of that focus and strident sound in the upper mids - I've called it the "laser beam" mids of a 1073 when pushed. (I never got that from vintage 1073's I've used or the Heritage unit). I tended to prefer Vox with it either turned off or turned up until about 50%. Ymmv. I swear it has the quietest noise floor of any pre I've used. I would be perfectly happy with a lunchbox full of these. I'm not using these for drums, so I can't speak to that, but I can't imagine a better pre that comes at this bargain. (I would imagine with the extra bottom on these on a drumset, they would sound marvelous.) I highly, highly recommend it. In fact, if anyone asks me what they would start with building a lunchbox, this would be my suggestion.
Music background: Songwriter

Great Buy! Unbeatable deal!

I own a pair of AMS 1073lb. Love it to death. They are beefy and there's a reason why the 73s have made history. But these 511s are amazing preamps. They are clean, transparent and if necessary, will deliver some coloration with the silk feature. HPF is a great feature as well. I don't have anything bad to say about this module. For $545, simply impossible to go wrong with it. I've used the AMEK 9098 for years and for some reason the 511 resembles that tone. Did I mention that I bought a pair? Oh yeah. I am very happy with these guys and will definitely consider buying more of the rupert neve modules. Perhaps a pair of the 543... Oh boy. These products are designed by the master and manufactured here in the US. I do not expect having any issues with it. Go ahead and grab one. You can scream at me if you don't like it. :) Cheers!
Music background: Record Producer, Songwriter and Arranger.

Outstanding Mic Pre!!

As I told my Sweetwater sales engineer -- "If you want this pre back, you'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands!" Outstanding on vocals using a Blackspade tube mic and acoustic guitars using an A-T Pro 37. Signal path also includes an Aphex Comp 500. A great match.
Music background: Producer/Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Watching the studio-gear paradigm progress has been interesting. Years ago, of course, everything was analog. Then the digital era hit, and many of us switched to completely in-the-box systems for the advantages they provided. But these days, many studios (including mine) are switching to a hybrid approach - using the best of both digital and analog. A big part of the growing popularity of the hybrid approach has been the rise of the API 500 Series format, which condenses pro studio gear into compact modules that can be loaded into a rackmount or portable chassis. Rupert Neve Designs recently released a family of modules, including two brand-new pieces that were first shown at the 2013 Winter NAMM show. I was able to load up all four into a chassis and take them for a spin. There are two preamps: the 517, which combines an RND preamp with an opto compressor and RND's signature Silk control, and the brand-new 511, which is a preamp with Silk and a variable highpass filter. The 517 actually has two paths, mic and DI, which can be blended. Both modules sound phenomenal, with a full but open tone. The Silk control allows you to shape the tone, adding a subtly smooth texture. The 543 is RND's mono VCA compressor. It offers full control over all parameters, plus a choice of RMS or peak detection, feed-forward or feedback operation, and the ability to sidechain with or without a highpass filter in the path. I found it to be transparent, with just a touch of added "polish" - the tracks I ran through it sounded subtly enhanced in that beautiful Neve fashion. Also brand-new is the 542. This tape emulator module can do great things to your audio, adding beef and rounding out harshness while adding desirable harmonic content. You get a saturation control, a blend control for mixing in the effect, and the choice of 15ips or 30ips tape-speed simulation - as well as the ability to add Silk to the signal. Here's my favorite setting: 30ips, fairly heavy saturation, the blend set to around 50%, and a good amount of the "blue" texture setting. It's analog heaven! Rupert Neve has really hit the mark with these modules. All the Portico sound is there, with plenty of control and powerful sound-shaping options, but in the compact, affordable 500 Series format. Outstanding!
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See also: 500 Series Pre, Rupert Neve Designs, Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series Preamps