• Built with Rupert Neve Class-A transformers.
  • Revitalize mono or stereo tracks, stems and mixes with new controls.
  • Adds body and power with the Super Silk circuit.
  • Introduces dynamic character with the optical cell Color Comp compressor.
  • Allows quick tone adjustment with delicate and musical LF and HF Shelf EQ.
  • The Width section offers options to increase spatiality without losing focus.
  • I/O amplifiers to manage and adapt the levels of the interstage transformers.

Rupert Neve MBT

Stereo processor to give sound color to complete mixes, groups, stems or single tracks

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  • Built with Rupert Neve Class-A transformers.
  • Revitalize mono or stereo tracks, stems and mixes with new controls.
  • Adds body and power with the Super Silk circuit.
  • Introduces dynamic character with the optical cell Color Comp compressor.
  • Allows quick tone adjustment with delicate and musical LF and HF Shelf EQ.
  • The Width section offers options to increase spatiality without losing focus.
  • I/O amplifiers to manage and adapt the levels of the interstage transformers.

Rupert Neve MBT

Stereo processor to give sound color to complete mixes, groups, stems or single tracks

Transformers have always been central to the philosophy of devices made by Rupert Neve. Rupert Neve Designs’ custom transformers are central to each of their products. The MBT, with these high-quality transformers, offers a wide range of sonic options for shaping, enriching and enhancing audio sources. It is an essential tool for enhancing the musicality of your sound. It fits perfectly into complete mixes, groups, stems or single tracks, providing legendary tone quality and a flexible set of controls.

Creating Magic with HPF & Shelf EQ

The first main feature of the MBT is a high-pass filter adjustable in frequency from 100Hz to 15Hz, ideal for managing the mix. Additionally, there is a new 2-band EQ section with a 3-octave range, smooth slopes and minimal phase rotation. This EQ is easy to use and adds color to tracks, especially when combined with the other sections of the MBT. Each band of the EQ offers gain control adjustable from +/- 9dB. The low-frequency band allows you to add or attenuate the power of your tracks, while the high-frequency band allows precise adjustments in the high-midrange and treble, adding clarity and brilliance to the sound. An interesting aspect of the MBT is how these sections can interact with each other. Sometimes, it may be useful to adjust the EQ before other sections, but the MBT allows you to experiment with different combinations.

Breathe new life with color comp

Thanks to the new Color Comp optical compressor, you can emphasize the non-linear distortion and “colorful” characteristics of the Opto cell, giving new life and depth to your sound. You can adjust the compression with low values (2:1) for gentle compression or high values (5:1) for a more punchy effect. An adjustable high pass filter on the side-chain removes low frequencies from the circuitry that drives the compression, allowing low frequencies to pass through without processing. This control, from 20Hz to 350Hz, offers a lot of flexibility in shaping the sound.

The Color Comp also has a Blend control for using the compressor in parallel with the uncompressed audio signal. This is useful for managing harmonic content, reducing dynamic range and controlling transients. You can adjust the threshold from 0dBu to +24dBu, with a gain reduction LED that lights up when the signal exceeds the threshold. Keep in mind that Color Comp introduces harmonic content even with slight gain reduction, so listen carefully even when gain reduction is not evident.

You can vary the release time from 100mS to 1.5S. By increasing the ratio and reducing the release times, you can achieve more pronounced “pumping” effects, while longer release times produce smoother compression. Finally, the Color Comp offers a makeup gain of 20dB in Class-A, which is useful for equalizing the level before and after signal compression, and for further improving the harmonic characteristics via the Super Silk section.

Find a New Dimension with the Width Section

The Width section is designed to expand the perception of the stereo panorama without compromising the presence of low frequencies. The MBT’s “WIDTH” controls are inspired by the Stereo Field Editor (SFE), but have two important differences. First, the MBT’s Width control is purely additive, with a wider range for extreme operations. Secondly, there is a variable high-pass filter between 50Hz and 800Hz, which allows you to adjust the width so that the low frequencies remain anchored in the center of the mix, while the mids and highs are expanded to create a wider space. Additionally, subtle high-frequency reduction has been introduced in stereo content to avoid over-emphasizing annoying frequencies.

Control harmonics with Super Silk

Introduced nearly twenty years ago, Rupert Neve Designs’ Silk technology is much loved by professionals. Now, with Super Silk present on the MBT, a new level of harmonic manipulation is achieved. Super Silk offers independent controls for Red, Blue, Harmonics and Zener Drive, allowing for unprecedented harmonic manipulation.

Traditionally applied to MBT output transformers, Silk technology now offers greater control and flexibility. Super Silk includes extra transformers to expand the possibilities of this circuit. You can push Super Silk for dynamic saturation and transient clipping or attenuate the signal with Output Trim for more precise gain control.

Silk Red accentuates harmonics in the mid and high frequencies, adding sparkle, while Silk Blue accentuates harmonics in the mid and low frequencies, adding weight and depth. The Harmonics control increases the harmonic content, saturating the MBT’s custom transformers and interacting with the Silk Blue and Silk Red settings, offering infinite tonal mixing possibilities. Finally, the switchable Zener Drive is a diode-based asymmetric soft clip circuit that introduces primarily odd-order harmonic content as the signal approaches the MBT’s headroom limit, creating more aggressive sonics.

Drive and Control Levels with I/O Amplifiers

To maintain optimal gain control in the MBT, Class-A input and output amplifiers have been implemented. These output amplifiers power custom Rupert Neve Designs transformers, contributing to line balancing and isolation. This way, you can push the transformers hard and precisely balance the pre and post signals.


Specifications

Input Impedance: 10 kilohm

No Features Engaged
Noise (22 Hz – 22kHz): Better than -95 dBu
THD+N (0 dBu @ 1kHz): Better than 0.004%
THD+N (+20 dBu @ 1 kHz): Better than 0.002%
Maximum Input Level: +25.5 dBu
Crosstalk @ 1 kHz: Better than -95 dB
Frequency Response:
<5 Hz – 30 kHz: +/- 0.1 dB
<5 Hz – 60 kHz: +/- 0.25 dB
<5 Hz – 180 kHz: -3 dB

HPF Engaged
Noise (22 Hz – 22 kHz): Better than -95 dBu
THD+N (+20 dBu @ 1 kHz): Better than 0.002%

Equalizer Engaged
Noise (22 Hz – 22 kHz): Better than -93dBu
THD+N (+20 dBu @ 1 kHz): Better than 0.002%

Compressor Engaged
Noise (22 Hz – 22 kHz): Better than -92dBu
THD+N (+20 dBu @ 1 kHz): Better than 0.002%

Width Engaged
Noise (22 Hz – 22 kHz): Better than -88dBu
THD+N (+20 dBu @ 1 kHz): Better than 0.002%

SILK Engaged
Noise (22 Hz – 22 kHz): Better than -95dBu
THD+N (+20 dBu @ 1 kHz): Better than 0.003%

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
Product Dimensions (W x D x H): 19” (48.3 cm) x 10.125” (25.7 cm) x 3.5” (8.9 cm)
Shipping Dimensions (L x W x H): 22” (55.9 cm) x 18” (45.7 cm) x 8.7” (22.1 cm)
Shipping Weight: 17 lbs. (7.7 kg)

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