Rupert Neve Designs has announced the Newton Channel, ‘a modern channel strip born from a legendary sonic lineage’.

The intuitive design of the Newton Channel offers classic sound characteristins, with the instantly-recognisable character, musical tone-shaping abilities, and reliability that define a Rupert Neve Designs product. Equally well-suited to use in a project studio, voiceover set-up, large-scale commercial facility or live sound rig, it invites further engineers, producers, and artists a chance to join the RND family.

Rupert Neve Designs Newton ChannelThe Newton Channel name originates with Rupert’s birthplace (Newton Abbot in England) and reflects the journeys of his life from Newton Abbot to Wimberley and vintage to modern. The unit includes a fully class-A mic preamp with a sweepable high-pass filter, a musical three-band discrete EQ section with LF and HF shelves, and a fully parametric mid band, a fast and flexible VCA compressor, and custom Rupert Neve Designs transformer-coupled outputs with RND’s harmonic colour stage – variable Silk Red & Blue.

The Newton’s input stage accepts both mic and line level signals, the compressor’s action can be linked with a second Newton, and 31-position detented controls are used throughout. This makes it suited to tracking and also stereo bus processing when paired with a second unit. The compressor can be placed pre or post EQ, and both the EQ and compressor can be fully bypassed via switches on the front panel.

Like many other recent Rupert Neve Designs products, the Newton Channel offers both main and -6dB outputs, the latter enabling engineers to drive the Newton in order to achieve more transformer harmonics without clipping the next device in the chain. Coupled with variable Silk Red and Blue modes to enhance musically relevant harmonic content across two different frequency ranges, Newton offers a wide variety of sonic coloration possibilities ranging from clean & transparent to over-the-top vintage tones.

The Newton Channel is made in the USA and ships worldwide in June 2023, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$1,999.


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