Rupert Neve Designs 542 Tape Emulator

500 Series Processor with "True Tape" Silk/Texture Circuitry
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Put the Portico Sound in Your 500 Series Rack

Rupert Neve Designs brings their acclaimed tape emulation (from their Portico 5042) to the 500 Series format with the 542 module. Add the thick, musical sound of tape to your tracks, with the added bonus of Neve's Silk/Texture circuit to fine-tune your sound. Once you hear the 542, we're pretty sure you won't want to mix without it.

Rupert Neve Designs 542 500 Series Tape Emulator Module Features:
  • Add the rich, musical sound of tape to your digital tracks
  • True Tape circuitry uses real tape heads to emulate the characteristics of tape recording
  • Versatile Silk/Texture circuit gives you additional sonic-sculpting potential
  • Wet/dry control lets you fine-tune the amount of tape saturation
  • Soft-clip circuit helps you tame the sound of harsh, transient signals

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
Signal Processing Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 5Hz-60kHz
Manufacturer Part Number 542

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Amazing

Magical tool. I have two of these set up in mid-side mode (using a plugin to encode/decode) that lives on my master bus. I use it to fatten up and glue together drums and samples... easy to get that classic hip hop sound by driving the mid channel on 15 ips mode with full blend/silk red. Mixing is a lot simpler now, no more stacking plugins to chase that full/saturated sound of boom bap. A++++
5/5

Vintage Saturation & Tape Warmth

If you want a true, vintage saturated tone.....don't mess with virtual plug-ins. You get everything from a subtle sweet-spot for vocals to rock girt for drums or electric guitar. I purchased 2 of these for 2 channel strips I have. I placed them after the preamp and before the compressor, with the EQ at the end. These emulators are superb.
Music background: Always learning
5/5

TRUE TAPE 542

GREAT FATTENING TO TRACKS THICK ANALOG VIBE HAPPENING. REAL TAPE EFFECT HAS A REAL TAPE HEAD INSIDE ON THE CHASSIS. A MUST HAVE... WE HAVE A PAIR FOR FINAL MIX DOW...
Music background: PLAYED WITH SLY & THE FAMILY STONE 1974-77
5/5

It's true.

You may be skeptical looking at this unit, but it really does what everyone says. When it's in your signal chain, everything sounds richer, warmer, and bigger. It's awesome.
Music background: Audio Engineer
5/5

Love At First Listen

People either love these things or hate them. I love them. Don't expect an over the top audible difference at first. Listen closely to the top end smooth over as you increase the saturation. Listen to the mid range come to life, and the low end get bigger. It's all very subtle, but the cumulative effect is pretty striking. I don't think I could live without my pair after using them for the last few sessions!
See also: 500 Series Compressors, Rupert Neve Designs, Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series Dynamics, Rupert Neve Designs Other 500 Series Processors, Rupert Neve Designs Exciters / Enhancers