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Rupert Neve Designs 543 Compressor/Limiter Reviews

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  • from San Antonio,TX September 21, 2016Music Background:
    Producer, Engineer


    I was absolutely blown away by this compressor. Sales Engineer Drew Foster told me about how good it sounds. He was not wrong at all.. Even doing loads of compression, there are no unpleasing artifacts and it just adds weight to the sound. Just like Neve should.. Awesome..

  • from Newport, RI July 12, 2016Music Background:
    indie record label owner, audio engineer.


    Not gonna say much about this purchase, only that the name and product speaks for its self. go to your nearest pro gear vendor and listen and believe.

  • from East Orange, NJ January 29, 2014Music Background:
    Producer/Recording Engineer


    I have to admit the low price point had me a little skeptical at first, but after using the 511 for a little over a month, I have to say that I am very impressed!
    This thing just sounds nice and gives my vocals that presence I was looking for. I did only hear a slight difference when engaging the silk feature, but the hi pass filter works absolutely great!
    Really good sounding pre at a REALLY good price.

  • from San Francisco, CA USA October 10, 2013Music Background:
    Supervising Sound Mixer and Sound Designer in production and post-production for Film, Television, Stage, Theatre, Concerts.

    "Among the cleanest, most foul creature!"

    This was our first foray into the world of Rupert Neve Design. After countless performances and shows of using UA 1176LN, LA2A, Distressor, Presonus ACP88, including the ubiquitous Art Pro-VLA II, we decided that a cleaner and more transparent compressor was needed in our selections.

    RND's Portico 543 particularly excelled in the category of sounding clean without having the pumping effect of an overly-compressed signal box. The first exception was it's high-pass sidechain parameter that enables all frequencies under 250Hz to pass through untouched. What this does is allow the compressor to work on only the mids and upper transients of the signal, thus, giving a much smoother and uniform body. Very similar to having a multiband compressor across your signal, ie bass, kick, mix buss, and boosting the lower frequencies for a fuller soundtrack.

    The second most important feature is the feedback and feedforward parameter. The feedback mode is very gentle, while the feedforward mode has a higher compression effect. With feedback mode engaged and high compression ratio, the signal still retains most of it's dynamics except for the slightest transients that gets smoothed out.

    In all, RND's 543 is by far the most transparent compressor we've ever heard to date. It's not unlikely that one would fill a whole 500 series rack full of 543's.

  • from Lexington, SC USA October 19, 2012Music Background:
    Producer, Engineer and Pro Musician


    I love this on FB mode for R&B and Hip Hop vocals (or for any vocal you want clean). This sounds great with my Pacifica mic pre. Very clean and transparent. One design aspect that I would change is to have the gain reduction meter on top so it's easier to see. That's just a personal preference. It seems to be of a very solid construction.

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