Rupert Neve Designs announces the 5060 Centerpiece Desktop Mixer at Musikmesse 2013. I need to be at Musikmesse next year because it seems all the cool stuff are announced there. The 5060 Centerpiece looks awesome and I can just imagine the sound. I need this in my life now. This device is something I’ve dream about plus you get the classic Neve sound for your Daw. Going all digital has me wanting hardware to add sonic texture to my recordings and this looks like it fits the bill. No price information is available but I hope it’s not too expensive. Either way, I will keep my ears to the pavement for this. Here is what they have to say.
From the father of the recording console comes the 5060 Centerpiece: the Class-A analog heart of your 21st-century studio. Sized for your desktop, the 5060 delivers the tonality and center section features of Rupert’s flagship 5088 console at your fingertips, cementing outboard together with serious custom transformers, flexible monitoring, DAW transport controls, and the raw power of a Rupert Neve-designed 24×2 mix-buss.
Define Your Workflow
With a modular, hybrid analogue/digital mix system built around the 5060, you can outfit your studio with exactly what you need – and nothing that you don’t. Utilizing modern DAW control technologies, the 5060 seamlessly integrates stem outputs from the DAW with the rest of your control room, sums the final mix, and provides 2-track outputs, source selection, and speaker feed outputs from the monitor section.
Used in conjunction with 5059 mixers and Portico modules, the 5060 forms the core of a scalable analogue system. In this arrangement, the 5059s provide individual channel control, aux routing, and expandable channel counts, the Portico modules provide preamplification, EQ and dynamics, and the 5060 unites it all. The 5060 brings your dreams of a seamless hybrid workflow to reality.
Beyond providing galvanic isolation, Rupert’s custom transformers in the 5060 are responsible for its larger than life sound. To get more classic tone out of the output transformers you can both use the Silk / Texture controls for a constant effect, or you can push the levels on the input channels into the mix buss with a lower master fader setting for a more dynamic saturation without overloading your 2-track input.
Stereo Input Channels 1-8
A 100mm Fader determines the level of the four stereo input channels. The channels can be either stereo or center-panned mono, and have mute switches and inserts. The main input channels also feed a separate “to monitor” output, which can have talkback assignment for feeding stems to multichannel queue systems or multi-track recorders.
Stereo Inputs Channels 9-24
Eight active stereo inputs with rotary faders for stem and aux inputs
Stereo Buss Master
A 100mm stereo fader provides level control for the master stereo buss, outputting to the stereo buss monitor signal and the stereo master output. When pushing levels on the mix buss, it may be necessary to pull down the level on the master fader to avoid clipping the 2-track destination. For adding compression and EQ to the mix buss, there is also a transformer coupled insert engaged by the Insert switch.
Texture & Silk Red / Blue
Continuously variable Texture control for Silk Red and Blue modes allow you to fine tune the harmonic ratio and tonality of both stereo outputs when extra “color” is desired. Both Silk modes reduce the negative feedback on the output transformer, adding harmonic content as the texture is increased. Silk red mode accentuates the saturation in the high-mids and highs, while silk blue mode features more saturation in the lows and low mids.
The included talkback mic is activated by depressing the Talkback switch. The Talkback has level control, a direct out, and assignment to monitor out 1-2 & 3-4. When the talkback switch is depressed the speaker outputs levels are lowered according to the setting of the Dim control. A talkback remote may also be plugged into the ¼” talkback remote input on the back of the 5060.
Standard transport functions in DAWs including play, stop, record, fast-forward, rewind, loop, shuttle / jog and marker drop are controlled through Midi or USB interconnection
Monitor Source Selection
Selects the monitor source from between the stereo buss and three external monitor inputs
Selects which speaker output active. By holding the Mon 3 button, the Mon 3 outs will “latch” on with both Mon 1 & 2 for use with subwoofers or speakers in the cutting room
A reference grade headphone amplifier with headphone level control. The headphone signal follows the selection of the monitor select.
A 21 Position rotary switch determines the level of the speaker output
VU Meters Display the RMS signal level of the selected monitor source, and the peak indicator illuminates red when the peak threshold has been exceeded. Both VU and Peak levels can be calibrated.
Engaged when either the Dim or Talkback switch is depressed, Dim reduces the volume of monitor between -6dB and -30dB.