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New Rupert Neve Designs 5088 - 16 Channel/Meterbridge/No automation.

$53,400.00
SKU Neve-5088

This is a Special Order listing. Rupert Neve Designs 5088 is custom made to your exact specs, Everything You Need, Nothing You Don't!

The 5088 is the culmination of Rupert Neve’s vast analog circuitry knowledge, and the only console built today with the same dedication to sound quality found in his most legendary vintage designs.


As his final word in fully discrete mixing design, the 5088 incorporates and improves upon many of the same analog concepts that made his original 80 series consoles so revered: single-sided, fully discrete amplification, bespoke audio transformers on every single input and output, bulletproof build quality, and unparalleled headroom and dynamic range. If you value sound quality above all else, the 5088 is the only choice.


The 5088 is the culmination of Rupert Neve’s vast analog circuitry knowledge, and the only console built today with the same dedication to sound quality found in his most legendary vintage designs.
As his final word in fully discrete mixing design, the 5088 incorporates and improves upon many of the same analog concepts that made his original 80 series consoles so revered: single-sided, fully discrete amplification, bespoke audio transformers on every single input and output, bulletproof build quality, and unparalleled headroom and dynamic range. If you value sound quality above all else, the 5088 is the only choice.

“Nine years later...I still think it is the best analog console currently made.”
— LARRY CRANE, 5088 OWNER
& TAPE OP MAGAZINE FOUNDER

Made to order, designed to adapt.
In an era of ubiquitous DAWs, plugins and digital consoles, many engineers report that this “state of the art” equipment – which touts impressive-looking specifications and “enhanced” workflow – has removed the rich, expressive quality found in their older recordings, and often requires significantly more time & effort to make a mix gel. Additionally, it is always disappointing when an expensive digital tool becomes obsolete far too quickly. The 5088 is philosophically opposed to this one-size-fits-all approach.

Each console is built to spec for each engineer, and can evolve as the needs in the studio shift with new technologies. Aside from its audible prowess and reliability, much of the 5088’s staying power is due to this adaptability. Because the 5088 is completely modular, channel strips and processing modules like EQ, microphone preamplification and dynamics can be added or removed to meet changing demands, eliminating the massive redundancies inherent in nearly every other console.

The 5088 can easily be configured with everything you need – and nothing you don’t.

Completely modular, expandable design
The 5088 is a fundamentally different console philosophy, very carefully thought-out so that you don’t have to waste money paying for unnecessary functionality. Instead of adding bells and whistles, Rupert and his team focused on designing the most efficient, direct, and sweetest-sounding analog audio paths through a console that integrates seamlessly with any outboard gear in the world.

Custom high voltage, discrete op-amp cards
The all-new, fully discrete analog architecture in the 5088 represents a culmination of Rupert’s vast analog circuitry knowledge. Custom high voltage and discrete op-amp cards have been designed specifically for the 5088 that eliminate crossover distortion entirely; provide extended headroom, dynamic range, and frequency response; and offer exceptionally low noise and distortion.

Bespoke transformers on all inputs & outputs
Rupert Neve was always a staunch advocate of transformer-based designs, and custom-built transformers are implemented on every single input and output of the 5088. These electrically isolate the console with a true floating ground while also imparting the sweet sound quality of Rupert’s most sought-after classic designs.

The real power of the 5088 lies hidden within these transformer-coupled inputs and outputs and discrete, single-sided circuit topologies that produce 10dB greater dynamic range than any of my previous designs. The dynamic range is actually extended downwards to encompass the extremely small, often out-of-band signals – usually ignored – that go to complete our listening perspective, making sounds warmer, sweeter and fuller, apparently affecting the low and mid frequencies.

The significance of this enormous dynamic range and the frequency response that extends comfortably beyond 100kHz lies in the ability of the 5088 to source, retain and mix the microscopically tiny signals that are essential to retention and enhancement of the full soundscape.

The first time I actually heard music played through a 5088, I just…relaxed. A wave of satisfaction swept over me – I didn't have to measure, I just listened and thought, ‘Boy, I think we've actually achieved it.’ There is something about the 5088 which I have not been able to get from any other piece of equipment.”
– RUPERT NEVE


The 5088 is the culmination of Rupert Neve’s vast analog circuitry knowledge, and the only console built today with the same dedication to sound quality found in his most legendary vintage designs.
As his final word in fully discrete mixing design, the 5088 incorporates and improves upon many of the same analog concepts that made his original 80 series consoles so revered: single-sided, fully discrete amplification, bespoke audio transformers on every single input and output, bulletproof build quality, and unparalleled headroom and dynamic range. If you value sound quality above all else, the 5088 is the only choice.

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“Nine years later...I still think it is the best analog console currently made.”
— LARRY CRANE, 5088 OWNER
& TAPE OP MAGAZINE FOUNDER
Made to order, designed to adapt.
In an era of ubiquitous DAWs, plugins and digital consoles, many engineers report that this “state of the art” equipment – which touts impressive-looking specifications and “enhanced” workflow – has removed the rich, expressive quality found in their older recordings, and often requires significantly more time & effort to make a mix gel. Additionally, it is always disappointing when an expensive digital tool becomes obsolete far too quickly. The 5088 is philosophically opposed to this one-size-fits-all approach.

Each console is built to spec for each engineer, and can evolve as the needs in the studio shift with new technologies. Aside from its audible prowess and reliability, much of the 5088’s staying power is due to this adaptability. Because the 5088 is completely modular, channel strips and processing modules like EQ, microphone preamplification and dynamics can be added or removed to meet changing demands, eliminating the massive redundancies inherent in nearly every other console.

The 5088 can easily be configured with everything you need – and nothing you don’t.

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Completely modular, expandable design
The 5088 is a fundamentally different console philosophy, very carefully thought-out so that you don’t have to waste money paying for unnecessary functionality. Instead of adding bells and whistles, Rupert and his team focused on designing the most efficient, direct, and sweetest-sounding analog audio paths through a console that integrates seamlessly with any outboard gear in the world.

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Custom high voltage, discrete op-amp cards
The all-new, fully discrete analog architecture in the 5088 represents a culmination of Rupert’s vast analog circuitry knowledge. Custom high voltage and discrete op-amp cards have been designed specifically for the 5088 that eliminate crossover distortion entirely; provide extended headroom, dynamic range, and frequency response; and offer exceptionally low noise and distortion.

5088-transformer-cream.jpg
Bespoke transformers on all inputs & outputs
Rupert Neve was always a staunch advocate of transformer-based designs, and custom-built transformers are implemented on every single input and output of the 5088. These electrically isolate the console with a true floating ground while also imparting the sweet sound quality of Rupert’s most sought-after classic designs.

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— DEADMAU5

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The real power of the 5088 lies hidden within these transformer-coupled inputs and outputs and discrete, single-sided circuit topologies that produce 10dB greater dynamic range than any of my previous designs. The dynamic range is actually extended downwards to encompass the extremely small, often out-of-band signals – usually ignored – that go to complete our listening perspective, making sounds warmer, sweeter and fuller, apparently affecting the low and mid frequencies.

The significance of this enormous dynamic range and the frequency response that extends comfortably beyond 100kHz lies in the ability of the 5088 to source, retain and mix the microscopically tiny signals that are essential to retention and enhancement of the full soundscape.

The first time I actually heard music played through a 5088, I just…relaxed. A wave of satisfaction swept over me – I didn't have to measure, I just listened and thought, ‘Boy, I think we've actually achieved it.’ There is something about the 5088 which I have not been able to get from any other piece of equipment.”
– RUPERT NEVE
CONFIGURATIONS
Need 16 inputs and no mic preamps?
Done.

How about 8 mono + 8 stereo inputs, with 8 preamps for tracking?
No problem.

A fully-loaded 48-input desk with preamps and EQs on every channel, and compressors on every group?
You can do that too.

At its core, the 5088 is an expandable 16 channel line mixer that provides 8 group busses, 8 auxiliary sends, 4 stereo effects returns and a stereo output buss.

Dimensions
8 Channel Master
Width: 76 cm, 29.9 inches
Depth: 74.4 cm, 29.3 inches
Height: 27.2 cm, 10.7 inches
Weight: 140 lbs, 63.5 kg

8 Channel Master with Penthouse and Meterbridge
Width: 76 cm, 29.9 inches
Depth: 105 cm, 41.33 inches
Height: 58.2 cm, 22.9 inches
Weight: 190 lbs, 86.2 kg

16 Channel Master
Width: 116.8 cm, 45.9 inches
Depth: 74.4 cm, 29.3 inches
Height: 27.2 cm, 10.7 inches
Weight: 235 lbs, 106.5 kg

16 Channel Master with Penthouse and Meterbridge
Width: 116.8 cm, 45.9 inches
Depth: 105 cm, 41.33 inches
Height: 58.2 cm, 22.9 inches
Weight (loaded): 485 lbs, 219 kg (approx.)

16 Channel Expansion Sections (each)
Width: 73 cm, 28.7 inches
Depth: 74.4 cm, 29.3 inches
Height: 27.2 cm, 10.7 inches

16 Channel Expansion Sections with Penthouse and Meterbridge (each)
Width: 73 cm, 28.7 inches
Depth: 105 cm, 41.33 inches
Height: 58.2 cm, 22.9 inches

32 Channel with Penthouse and Meterbridge
Width: 189.8 cm, 74.7 inches
Depth: 105 cm, 41.33 inches
Height: 58.2 cm, 22.9 inches
Weight (loaded): 785 lbs, 356 kg (approx.)

48 Channel with Penthouse and Meterbridge
Width: 262.8 cm, 103.5 inches
Depth: 105 cm, 41.33 inches
Height: 58.2 cm, 22.9 inches
Weight (loaded): 1085 lbs, 492 kg (approx.)

64 Channel with Penthouse and Meterbridge
Width: 335.8 cm, 132.2 inches
Depth: 105 cm, 41.33 inches
Height: 58.2 cm, 22.9 inches
Weight: 1385 lbs, 628 kg (approx.)

80 Channel with Penthouse and Meterbridge
Width: 408.8 cm, 160.9 inches
Depth: 105 cm, 41.33 inches
Height: 58.2 cm, 22.9 inches
Weight: 1685 lbs, 764 kg (approx.)