Rupert Neve Design Newton ChannelRegular price £1,649.17
A powerful modern channel strip with an instantly recognizable sound.
The Newton Channel is a powerful modern channel strip born from a legendary sonic lineage. Its intuitive design provides classic sound on demand, with all the instantly-recognizable character, musical tone-shaping abilities, and proven reliability that define a Rupert Neve Designs product. The Newton is equally well-suited for a project studio, large-scale commercial facility or live sound rig – giving more engineers, producers, and artists a chance to join the RND family than ever before.
At a glance
- Fully Class-A mic preamp with 72dB of gain and 6dB fine trim control
- Balanced MAIN standard line level output for pristine audio signal transmission
- Separate -6dBu XLR output for accommodating high levels and Silk harmonic saturation
- Variable high-pass filter with comprehensive frequency range adjustment
- Independent bypass switches for each section (mic preamp, EQ, compressor)
- 3-band discrete EQ section with accurate 31-detent potentiometers
- Parametric mid-band with selectable frequencies ranging from 220Hz to 7kHz
- Advanced VCA compressor with +20dB of make-up gain and precise control
- Variable Silk circuit with Silk Red and Silk Blue modes for enhancing harmonics
- Custom transformer-coupled outputs for exceptional sonic excellence
The Rupert Neve Newton Channel is a robust, contemporary channel strip with an illustrious sonic lineage. Its user-friendly design grants access to classic sound on demand, boasting instantly recognisable character, exceptional musical tone-shaping capabilities, and the renowned reliability that defines all Rupert Neve Designs products. The Newton Channel is equally well-suited for implementation in project studios, large-scale commercial facilities, and live sound setups, extending an invitation to more engineers, producers, and artists than ever before to join the esteemed RND family.
Named after Rupert Neve's birthplace, Newton Abbot, England, the Rupert Neve Designs Newton Channel embodies the sonic journey encompassing his life—from Newton Abbot to Wimberley, spanning vintage to modern eras and everything in between. This versatile and world-class channel strip can breathe life into any audio source with the timeless Rupert Neve Designs sound.
The Newton Channel boasts cutting-edge features, including a fully Class-A mic preamp, a musical 3-band discrete EQ section, a fast and flexible VCA compressor, and custom transformer-coupled outputs by Rupert Neve Designs. In addition, it incorporates the revolutionary harmonic colour stage called variable Silk Red & Blue.
Tonal Richness and Versatility of the Mic Preamp and Input stage
The Newton's microphone preamplifier encompasses all the tonal richness and musicality one would expect from a Rupert Neve Designs masterpiece. In addition, this preamp enables users to achieve a tight, clean, and detailed sound effortlessly, with a robust 72dB of gain that includes 6dB of fine trim control. As a result, the Newton Channel is ideally suited for a wide variety of audio sources.
While the input stage is ideally tailored to match standard microphone source impedance, it also performs exceptionally when driven by line levels. The Newton Channel incorporates a distinctive variable high-pass filter with a comprehensive frequency range and an independent bypass switch. This empowers engineers to eliminate unwanted noise, rumble, or other low-frequency build-ups in the source signal.
Meticulously Crafted EQ
The Newton's EQ section is meticulously crafted to prioritise speed and flexibility, featuring a simplified set of controls. The low and high-frequency shelf bands offer precise control through accurate 31-detent potentiometers, allowing for up to 12dB of gain boost or cut. This enables users to dial in subtle or extreme settings according to their preferences.
The parametric mid-band provides an additional 31-detent potentiometer and a wide range of selectable mid frequencies, ranging from 220Hz to 7kHz. This exceptional versatility empowers engineers to tame low-mid muddiness, enhance mid-frequency presence, or eliminate harshness in the upper midrange. In addition, a carefully chosen fixed Q setting maintains an optimal balance between musicality and precision, offering a width that allows precise equalisation adjustments without adversely affecting neighbouring frequencies.
As with every section of the Newton Channel, the EQ section is equipped with an independent bypass button, ensuring that engineers can double-check their settings at every step of the way.
Advanced VCA Compressor
The Newton Channel incorporates the latest iteration of Rupert Neve Designs' ultra-smooth VCA compressor, delivering outstanding performance with a remarkable +20dB of make-up gain and extensive control over compression levels. This compressor effortlessly maintains the natural characteristics of the audio while providing excellent control to achieve the desired amount of compression. Furthermore, the Newton Channel includes a convenient 'pre-EQ/post-EQ push button, enabling users to position the compressor before or after the EQ section according to their workflow preferences. An independent bypass button is also provided for quick comparison and monitoring purposes.
Unleashing Vintage Tonality: The Distinctive Silk Circuit of the Newton Channel
At the end of the Newton's signal path lies the highly sought-after and distinctive variable Silk circuit. This circuit empowers engineers with the capability to enhance the harmonic richness of their audio by saturating the custom Rupert Neve Designs output transformers, yielding a vintage tonality that is both powerful and controlled.
The Newton Channel features a variable Texture knob that allows engineers to dial the desired harmonic density precisely. When engaged, the Silk Red mode accentuates harmonics in the highs and upper mid frequencies, while the Silk Blue mode enhances harmonics in the lows and low mids. By adjusting the Silk circuit and Texture knob, users can achieve a subtle transformer tonality without Silk or introduce significantly more colour and character than vintage modules when the Silk/Texture circuit is pushed to its full extent. Consequently, the Newton's output stage enriches tracks with enhanced power, brilliance, and sparkle, offering a captivating sonic experience.
Custom Transformer Outputs: Unleashing Sonic Excellence
The Newton Channel features a custom transformer output stage, exemplifying its commitment to excellence. A balanced MAIN standard line level output ensures pristine audio signal transmission while maintaining fidelity and accuracy. In addition, a separate -6dBu XLR output takes into account high levels of input and Silk harmonic saturation, empowering engineers to drive the Newton Channel to its fullest potential, harnessing the richness of transformer harmonics without compromising the integrity of subsequent devices in the signal chain. This unique functionality allows for seamless integration of the Newton Channel into any professional audio setup. Furthermore, both outputs are actively available and can be utilised concurrently, providing utmost flexibility and adaptability for achieving the desired sonic outcome."
The Rupert Neve Newton Channel is a channel strip meticulously tailored for discerning professional audio engineers and producers who demand exceptional sonic capabilities. Rooted in a legendary lineage of sound engineering prowess, this channel strip embodies a fusion of power and modernity, offering an extensive array of features and functionalities that bestow it with an instantly recognisable character, remarkable tone-shaping abilities, and a level of reliability that has become synonymous with the esteemed Rupert Neve Designs brand. Whether you find yourself immersed in the creative confines of a project studio, navigating the intricate landscape of a large-scale commercial facility, or orchestrating the audio experience in a dynamic live sound environment, the Newton Channel extends a warm invitation to an ever-growing number of engineers, producers, and artists, enveloping them within the revered RND family. Inspired by the life journey of Rupert Neve himself, from his humble birthplace in Newton Abbot, England, to his audacious sonic explorations that transcended eras and culminated in Wimberley, the Newton Channel represents an unrivalled and infinitely versatile tool, capable of infusing every audio source it encounters with the timeless Rupert Neve Designs sound—a sound that has come to define excellence in the audio industry.