Rupert Neve Designs 543 500 Series Mono Compressor/Limiter

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  • Mono VCA compressor in 500 series format, based on Portico 5043 design.
  • Delivers subtle and musical dynamic control.
  • Offers individual control over threshold, attack, release, makeup gain, ratio, sidechain highpass filter, and detection modes.
  • Switchable between Feed-Forward and Feed-Back compression modes.
  • Provides Peak and RMS detection modes for versatile signal processing.
SKU: RUP-543-500S Categories: ,

The Rupert Neve Designs 543 Compressor is a high-quality compressor-limiter module designed for use in the 500 series format. It offers a range of features and options to control the dynamics of audio signals while preserving their musicality. Here’s a breakdown of how this compressor works and its key features:

Voltage Controlled Amplifier (V.C.A.):

The 543 Compressor uses a low-noise, low-distortion V.C.A. to control gain. This component plays a crucial role in shaping the compressor’s sound.

Threshold, Attack, Release, Makeup Gain, Ratio:

rnd 543 compressor These are parameters that you can control to shape the compression effect. Threshold sets the level at which compression begins, while Attack determines how quickly the compressor responds to incoming signals. Release controls how long it takes for the compressor to stop compressing after the input signal falls below the threshold. Makeup Gain allows you to boost the compressed signal to match the desired output level. Ratio sets the amount of gain reduction applied to signals above the threshold.

rupert neve 543 compressor

Feed-Forward and Feed-Back Modes:

The 543 Compressor provides the option to switch between feed-forward and feed-back modes. Feed-forward mode uses control voltage derived from the input signal before compression, while feed-back mode uses control voltage from the output. These modes offer different compression characteristics and response times.

Peak and RMS Detection:

The compressor features a switch that allows you to choose between Peak and RMS detection modes. RMS circuits mimic how the human ear perceives loudness, while Peak circuits respond directly to the waveform voltage. The Peak/RMS mode combines elements of both methods to optimize compression.

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Ratio and Threshold Interdependence:

The Ratio and Threshold settings are closely related. A higher ratio (e.g., 40:1) typically requires a higher threshold to prevent excessive gain reduction. The Threshold control ranges from -30dB to +22dBu.

Attack Time:

The Attack Time setting determines how quickly the compressor responds to transients in the input signal. Short attack times can make the compression sound more aggressive, while longer attack times allow transients to pass through uncompressed.

Release/Recovery Time:

Release Time controls how quickly the compressor recovers and stops reducing gain after the input signal falls below the threshold. The optimal settings depend on the program material and desired effect.

Stereo Operation:

You can link two 543 modules for stereo operation to maintain stereo balance and positioning. This is useful for processing stereo audio sources.


When two linked 543 modules are used, one can be controlled by the other to create ducking effects. For example, you can reduce music levels when there is speech to create a “speech-over” announcement.


The 543 Compressor includes two peak LED meters that display the output level and gain reduction. The output level meter covers a range from -10dB to +22dB, while the gain reduction meter is calibrated in dB and covers a range from +1dB to +22dB.

In summary, the Rupert Neve Designs 543 Compressor offers precise and versatile dynamic control with various settings and modes, making it a powerful tool for audio engineers and producers looking to shape the dynamics of their audio signals. Its combination of features, including feed-forward/feed-back modes, Peak/RMS detection, and stereo operation, makes it a valuable addition to a 500 series rack.


Additional information

Processor Type

500 Series VCA Compressor

Number of Channels



Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Gain


-30dBu to +20dBu


1:1 to 40:1

Frequency Response


Module Slot Size


Power Usage

±16V DC

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Rupert Neve Designs 543 500 Series Mono VCA Compressor/Limiter

Rupert Neve Designs 543 500 Series Mono Compressor/Limiter

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