The Newton Channel is a powerful channel strip that includes a fully Class-A mic preamp, a musical, 3-band discrete EQ section, a fast & flexible VCA compressor, and custom Rupert Neve Designs transformer-coupled outputs with our revolutionary harmonic color stage: variable Silk Red & Blue.
The Input Stage & Mic Preamp
The Newton’s microphone preamplifier contains all the tone and musicality expected from a Rupert Neve Designs piece. This preamp makes it incredibly easy to quickly dial in a tight, clean and detailed sound; and with a robust 72dB of gain including 6dB of fine trim control, the Newton is ideally suited for a wide variety of sources.
The low and high frequency shelf bands are controllable with accurate 31-detent potentiometers that provide up to 12dB of gain boost/cut, providing the ability to dial in either subtle or extreme settings as desired. The parametric mid-band of the Newton EQ section includes another 31-detent potentiometer and a wide range of mid frequencies to boost or cut, switchable from 220Hz to 7kHz.
The Newton Channel also contains the latest iteration of Rupert Neve Designs’ ultra-smooth VCA compressor, with +20dB of make-up gain and ample control for any amount of needed compression while maintaining an effortless sound. Also included is a helpful ‘pre EQ/post EQ’ push button to place the compressor either before or after the EQ section, plus an independent bypass button.
At the end of the Newton’s signal path is the unique & highly coveted variable Silk circuit, providing the power & control to amplify 2nd and 3rd order harmonics by saturating our custom Rupert Neve Designs output transformers for a vintage tonality.
Custom Transformer Outputs
The Newton Channel has a custom transformer output stage with a balanced MAIN standard line level output. Additionally, a separate -6dBu XLR output can compensate for high levels of input and Silk harmonic saturation, enabling engineers to fully drive the Newton to achieve more transformer harmonics without clipping the next device in the chain. Both outputs are active and can be used concurrently.
The Front Panel Features
12-position rotary switch that controls the microphone preamp gain in 6dB steps. For line level input signals, set the Mic Gain to the “0dB” position.
Push-button switch that illuminates RED when +48V Phantom Power is engaged.
Push-button switch that illuminates AMBER when engaged and inverts the phase of the preamp signal.
31-detent potentiometer that allows the user to adjust the preamp gain within a range of +/- 6dB.
Push-button switch that illuminates GREEN when the high pass filter is engaged.
31-detent potentiometer that allows the user to adjust the cutoff frequency of the Sallen-Key high pass filter within a range of 20Hz to 250Hz.
Push-button switch that illuminates GREEN when the EQ section is engaged.
31-detent potentiometer that controls the amount of boost or cut for the low frequency shelf within a range of +/- 12dB.
Push-button switch that selects between the two available low frequency shelf frequencies: 60Hz (OUT) and 150Hz (IN).
31-detent potentiometer that controls the frequency of the midband peaking EQ within a range of 220Hz to 7kHz.
31-detent potentiometer that controls the amount of boost or cut for the MID FREQ peaking EQ within a range of +/- 12dB.
Push-button switch that selects between the two available high frequency shelf frequencies: 8kHz (OUT) and 16kHz (IN).
31-detent potentiometer that controls the amount of boost or cut for the high frequency shelf within a range of +/- 12dB.
Push-button switch that illuminates GREEN when the compressor section is engaged.
31-detent potentiometer that controls the compressor threshold range from +20dBu to -30dBu. When the input signal rises above the set threshold level, compression begins with a soft-knee at a 2:1 ratio.
31-detent potentiometer that controls the compressor release time. The overall timing range available is 50mS (FAST) to 500mS (SLOW).
31-detent potentiometer that controls the compressor make-up gain within a range of -6dB to +20dB.
Push-button switch that routes the compressor section ahead of the EQ section when engaged.
Illuminated push-button switch that toggles through the three available SILK modes: OFF, RED, and BLUE.
31-detent potentiometer that controls the amount of SILK harmonics added within the transformer output stage when SILK is engaged.
GR and OUT Metering
8-segment LED meters that indicate compressor gain reduction (dB) and output level (dBu).
LED that illuminates GREEN when the Newton Channel is powered ON.
The Rear Panel Features
IEC AC power inlet with integrated power switch. 100-240VAC at 50/60Hz. 35 Watts maximum AC power consumption.
Slide switch that lifts XLR Pin 1 from chassis ground on the MAIN OUT as well as the -6dB OUT to help isolate from ground interference.
Balanced XLR output utilizing a lower level, secondary output on the custom Rupert Neve Designs transformer.
Balanced XLR output utilizing a custom Rupert Neve Designs transformer.
1/4” TRS jack that allows two Newton Channel compressors to be linked together for stereo compressor operation. *Only intended for use with other Newton Channel LINK jacks.
Balanced XLR-1/4” TRS combo jack input that can be used for MIC or LINE level signals.
The Other Features
Classic Rupert Neve Mic Pre Tone
Get the punchy, larger-than-life sound heard on countless hit records for the last 50 years.
Custom Transformers and Class-A Line Amplifiers
Vintage character meets the improved headroom and precision of Rupert Neve Designs’ updated transformer-coupled line stages.
Comprehensive 3-Band EQ
Flexible, intuitive EQ section with fully sweepable mid-band, specially designed for the Newton Channel.
Fast & Smooth VCA Compressor
Gently tame transients or apply heavy yet smooth compression with the latest iteration of our esteemed VCA compressor circuit. Also includes a pre/post EQ switch for even greater flexibility.
Silk Red & Blue Saturation
Dial in subtle richness or over-the-top vintage-style harmonic saturation using a simple set of controls.
31-Position Detented Controls
Accurately recall and match your settings with speed & precision.
Stereo Link Switch
Link the gain reduction of two Newton compressors for powerful stereo bus processing.
Internal Universal Power Supply
IEC connection for world-wide AC power from 90-240V located in the 1U rack-mountable chassis.
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