Rupert Neve Designs 535 500 Series Diode Bridge Compressor

92 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.
Rupert Neve Designs

Gearank High Notes

The 535 module is a 500 series equivalent of the sought-after Neve 2254 compressor with a few modern updates. Compared to the original, it has been engineered for a lower noise floor, new timing control, stepped controls and internal parallel processing.

The lower noise floor makes it viable for the clean requirements of modern recording, while the expanded controls allow for more precise application of compression to your tracks. The main downside to its expanded control is a steeper learning curve, but not by much compared to the original.

With custom transformers and a class-A amplifiers, the 535 puts classic Neve punch to your 500 series rack. This compressor works great with drums and vocals. On drums, it tightens up the Bass with no compromise of impact while retaining the shimmer of cymbals and detail of snare wires. On vocals, it adds a smooth compression quality while adding a bit of characteristic sheen that Neve components are known for. You can also use two together for gluing mixes together in stereo.

Get that classic Neve clarity and sheen with dynamic processing from the versatile Rupert Neve Designs 535 Compressor.


  • Premium quality studio compressor
  • Works great with drums and vocals
  • Low noise floor
  • Precision control over compression parameters


  • Complex controls

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Hugh Robjohns 94/100
TapeOp Geoff Stanfield 96/100
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