Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012Item ID: 5012DuoMicH
2-channel Microphone Preamp with Phantom Power and a "Silk" Circuit for Vintage-style Tone
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Vintage tone from Mr. Rupert Neve!The Portico 5012 from Rupert Neve Designs is a 2-channel microphone preamp that sports Neve's custom input and output transformer designs for a sound that's strikingly similar to that of classic Neve consoles. Each channel of the Portico 5012 is equipped with individually selectable phase, mute, phantom power, and a fully sweepable highpass filter, along with a "Silk" circuit, which enhances the sound, adding warmth and presence. The Neve sound is one of the most most sought-after of all time, and with the Portico 5012, it's yours at a very reasonable price.
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 at a Glance:
Balanced mic input for premium sound
The microphone input is balanced but not floating, being a variant of an instrumentation amplifier using a "Transformer-Like-Amplifier" (T.L.A.) configuration with a toroidal Common Mode Rejection Low Pass Filter that excludes frequencies above 150kHz. The T.L.A. is followed by an actual input transformer permitting a full +25 dBu input signal to be handled at unity gain without an input pad over the whole audio spectrum. This combines the advantages of both an "Electronically Balanced" and true transformer input. When the phantom power is disengaged, this input serves as a very high quality line input with an impedance of 10,000 ohms
Low Noise, Low Distortion Operation
Much care was given in designing the 5012 to produce as little noise and non-harmonic distortion as possible. Carefully implemented signal paths and Class A operation are a large part of the 5012's sweet, whisper quiet performance. After all, your most critical recordings deserve the very best, don't they?
Input and output circuits must be freed from ground dependence so that only the "wanted" signal enters and leaves the processing path. Transformers are the ideal solution. The sweet and silky sound of Neve's classic consoles was achieved with big transistors and large high-quality transformers. Rupert Neve Designs Portico modules achieve similar quality today without the bulk or the cost.
In order that the Portico modules can work together in a proprietary console-style configuration without producing hum, R.F. interference, or other interactions, the connecting interfaces, grounding, levels and impedances must receive careful attention. Each Portico module is a complete integral signal processor that delivers its specified performance independently. This is one of the reasons Rupert Neve Designs uses transformers.
Add some "Silk" to your sound
What does "Silk" mean? Suffice to say, that it gives a subtle option to enhance sound quality in the direction of vintage modules. The Silk button reduces negative feedback and adjusts the frequency spectrum to provide a very sweet and musical performance.
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 Features:
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Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
by Scott Andrews from New York, NYYou just can't go wrong with these pres. They work on every source you put through them.
October 17, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
The Silk button adds a nice smooth bottom end. The HPF filters are perfect for varied sources.
T... read more [+]he stepped gain and variable trim knobs keep recall easy and make precise adjustments easy.
The sound is so clear and smooth. Snares and kicks sound nice and fat. close [-]
by Elias Ponce Rodriguez chief sound engineer at Sonic III from Miami FloridaHave great sound almost equal to those 1073.
October 3, 2009
Music Background: Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Santana, Lester Mendez, among others
Super punch for the price
This product is amazing!
by BRETT from cherry hill, new jerseyOk so if you read my review on the portico before i reviewed the grace m101 as better on a different post. but i guess i was wrong. who knows what i was doing wrong. cause the portico does have a grea... read more [+]t air to it and depth to it that the grace m101 doesnt really have. it just has that very high quality preamp sound to it. make sure you get a good mic to, to go with it. i use the brauner phanthera and together there both awesome! close [-]
September 11, 2009
Music Background: Recording Engineer
A rare excellence...AMAZING SOUND
by Richard from EuropeThis preamp is a must have if you like that big expensive sound. It sounds better than my Great River one channel pre, and alot smoother than my Focusrite ISA. The sound is silky smooth on vocals, it ... read more [+]just melts things in a nice way. The bottom end is huge, and the air this thing blows out is just incredible. I have used this unit on both female and male vocals, voice overs, acoustic guitar, synths, and some other sources. I wish it had some eq, but I needed two preamps in a small box for portability. It seems to be my to-go preamp now, and I am looking to sell my Focusrite soon. The fact that Rupert Neve designed this unit for todays working engineers, this is a quality standout. close [-]
January 19, 2009
Very Nice Rupert.
by Scott fromYummy
April 5, 2012
Music Background: Producer, Songwriter, Performer
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012
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