Rupert Neve Shelford 5051 is part of Neve´'s Shelford series of worlds. 5051, the combination is a classic three-band EQ based on Rupert's vintage design, with the power and flexibility of the Portico II compressor.
5051 utilizes a fully discrete, Class-A signal path and high-performance input and output transformers. 5051 the performance and musicality expected from a Rupert Neve Design.
The 5051 EQ design evokes sonic similarities to some of Rupert's classic EQs.
General about the Rupert Neve Shelford series
50 years ago, Mr. Rupert Neve in a converted rectory in Little Shelford, England a series of preamp and EQ designs that revolutionized the sound of recorded music. Rupert and his team of engineers, now living in Wimberley, Texas, have carefully combined the very best of these classics with contemporary concepts and components to create the high-voltage Shelford Series model.
The heart of the Shelford series lies in their Class A, discrete, +/- 24V topologies, built up of custom transformers and inductors. Rupert has carefully constructed them so that they sound-wise stand up to his famous 80s series channel modules which he developed during his time at Shelford (1073, 1064, 1081, etc.). It has resulted in Shelford Series designs that capture Neve´'s classic sound and depth and soul, without compromise.
The EQ section is especially inspired by Rupert's previous designs, and has a 3-band EQ based on the highlights of the classic modules.