Rupert Neve Designs Portico II ChannelItem ID: Portico2
2U Channel Strip with Mic Pre, Compressor, EQ, and Texture
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Classic Console Magic from an Amazing Channel Strip!Rupert Neve Designs brings us another stellar hit: the outstanding Portico II Channel channel strip! with the astounding Portico II!
Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel Channel Strip at a Glance:
A great new chapter in the Rupert Neve story
By combining circuits based on Rupert Neve's single-sided, discrete RNHV2 op-amps and custom transformers with a new array of features like Texture control, a muli-variable de-esser/EQ, multiple VCA filtering/detection options, a transient optimized swept HPF, and parallel compression blending, Rupert Neve Designs made every element of the the Portico II work toward giving you incredible sonic performance and control. This channel strip is an instant classic; in fact, the Portico II Channel received its first award, the 2009 PAR Excellence Award, upon its debut.
The input options you need
Rupert Neve Designs equipped the Portico II to give you flexible input options. Input signals may be derived from any of three sources: microphone, line, or DI. The mic input has a 10k ohm non-reactive input resistance that handles a full 26dBu signal without the need for a pad. A primary gain control provides 66dB of gain in 6dB increments for easy recall with a +/- 6dB trim for fine adjustment. A transient-optimized HPF continuously covering the range from 20-250Hz is included. In addition the usual 48V phantom power switch, phase inversion, signal present indicator and a mute switch are included on the Portico II.
Inserting a plug into the Portico II's DI input selects a 3M ohm discrete FET DI circuit. This circuit includes transformer-coupled pristine topography that optimizes both the microphone and DI inputs, allowing low impedance microphones and high impedance sources such as electric guitars and basses to deliver optimum performance. Primary gain and trim controls on the Portico II are fully operational. Rupert Neve Designs included a "Thru" jack on the front panel that duplicates the unaffected source signal allows the use of an external amplifier, if required. A "Line" switch selects the independent Line XLR non-reactive input circuit that includes the HPF and Level trim controls.
Texture control gives you amazing tonal options
One of the most exciting features on the Portico II is its Texture section. Building on the "Silk" mode found in the Portico Series mic preamps, Texture is designed to adjust the actual amount of harmonic music content from the source material. In effect, it provides countless tonal options from one device! Rupert Neve Designs placed great care insuring that the musical integrity of source material itself will not be compromised by these harmonic controls (these are not to be confused with controls from other manufactures that may "incinerate", "demolish" or "destroy" source material). The Portico II is made to fit the personality of any song, instrument, or engineer. Also found on the original Portico, Silk mode works by reducing negative feedback on the output transformer and adjusting the frequency response to more closely resemble Rupert Neve's vintage designs. "Silk +" mode pushes this technique still further, achieving a more harmonically rich sound.
Amazing Neve-quality EQ
The 4-Band equalizer on the Portico II combines the best-loved sound of several classic designs, but Rupert Neve Designs made it very capable of extremely fine surgical adjustments as well as dramatic boosts or cuts. By default, the EQ section follows the mic preamplifier and HPF, and precedes the compressor, but this sequence may be reversed by engaging the Post Comp switch. The Low Shelf has an independent engage switch, Classic Peak/ Accelerated Shelf selection, with +/- 12dB level adjustment, and selectable turnover frequencies of 35, 60, 100, and 220Hz. The fully parametric LMF and HMF bands have a joint engage switch, providing +/- 12dB level adjustment, continuously variable "Q" from 0.7 to 5, and continuously variable frequency ranges from 70 to 1.4KHz and 700Hz to 14KHz. In addition to its standard capabilities, the Portico II's HMF band can also be used to precisely tune a new De-Esser circuit.
The de-esser function can be varied from off to full effect, and uses the Frequency, and "Q" controls to tame harsh sibilance in vocals and instruments with an independent high-mid limiter. Even when the de-esser is on, the EQ level may still be used. The high frequency shelf has independent engage switch, Classic Peak/ Accelerated Shelf selection, +/- 12dB level adjustment, and selectable turnover frequencies of 4.7, 6.8, 12, and 25kHz. When two Portico II channel strips are used side by side, the EQ section can also excel at stereo material.
The flexibility and vibe you want from a compressor
The Portico II's compressor section is exceptionally flexible. Like the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043, the Portico II lets you choose between Forward Feed and Return Feed modes, either providing a transparent modern response, or a smoother more musical vintage response. Along with FF/FB modes, there are also 1:1 to 40:1 ratio controls and threshold from -30dBu to +20dBu, together with attack from 20 to 75ms (.1 ms in fast mode), Release from 100ms to 2.5s, and makeup gain from 0 to 20dB with a stereo link.
The Portico II's compressor section incorporates a number of new ways to tame or enhance dynamics. HPF to SC inserts the highpass filter into the side chain to deal with intense low frequencies that may skew the response of the VCA with certain songs and instruments. The "Fast" switch alters the Portico II compressor's attack to react to transients with a roughly .1ms response time. When "fast" is disengaged, the compressor responds to the RMS signal in conjunction with the attack and release settings. "Blend" works by creating a parallel mix between the compressed and dry signals. By mixing the compressed and dry signals, it is possible to increase the volume of quieter elements in the source material (for instance, delicate snare brushing on a track with much louder hits), while maintaining a natural dynamic feel for the louder elements. Rupert Neve Designs included an insert "send" and "return" that may be paired with an external EQ or other filters for additional manipulation. The "return" may also be used as a "Key" input for ducking one signal under another. (for instance, a voiceover keying the compressor to duck a background music track). By connecting the "link" jack on the back of the Portico II to another Portico II link jack and engaging the Link buttons, the compressor section may be used for stereo material.
Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel Strip Features:
The Rupert Neve Designs Portico II packs Neve quality, sound, and vibe into a convenient rackmountable channel strip!
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Marcy, Saint Louis, MO
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Amazing! A 5088 in a rack
by Mike Schatzleun from NashvilleGot a couple of these, for kick/snare when tracking and for vocal overdubs. They sound SUPER. You start with the tantalizing aroma of those big transformers warming up for the first time. Then you dis... read more [+]cover how clean the audio is and remember what is was like to work on a Neve console. Balanced in and out, low noise, plenty of gain in the preamps. EQ, compressors, and silk are the real deal. Knobs feel great, push/push switches feel a little cheesy. Unit over all is big (deep) and feels rock solid. Biggest improvement to sound since I started my project studio five years ago. close [-]
January 31, 2013
Music Background: Musician, producer, mixing engineer
Extremely Versatile Channel Strip
by Scott A. from New York, NYAfter looking at a few channel strips all around the 3K range, I decided to go with the Portico II. I looked at the STT-1 Orgin, the 6176, GML 2032 and the Avalon 737/747s. I wanted a channel strip th... read more [+]at served it's purpose on vocals, but would also allow me to use it on various other applications. Seeing as I already owned 2 5012s I was just itching to see what Rupert Neve and his Team added to what was already an amazing preamp and product line-up.
April 22, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
Simply put, I was blown away by the end of the first session using it.
On vocals, it can handle any singer, and the De-Esser is great because it is separate from the compressor (on the Millenia STT-1 Orgin you couldn't use the De-Esser and Compressor at the same time and the other strips didn't have a de-esser). Another great function was being able to move the EQ post compressor. Can't forget the Silk+ mode and texture knob! Really added a nice robust low end on the blue setting to the singers voice. Very very good paired with a Tube Mic.
The next session I had was with a band and I paired it with the RNR1 from Se on a guitar cabinet. Immediately I saw a great opportunity to play with the Texture knob and WOW was I completely blown away. I could literally color the Signal to my preference. The red Silk setting was great. The EQ was of great help again and was very transparent.
Next, I plugged a bass in, and I knew I wanted Blue Silk for a nice detailed bottom end. After some fiddling (not much) we had a beautiful bass sound that we were all happy with. The "blend" knob on the compressor was great and just let me dial in the perfect amount of compression, and the FeedForward and FeedBack modes and RMS/Peak selection made the compressor just that much more versatile.
All in all, if you are looking for a WORKHORSE in your studio, I highly recommend this channel strip! It can handle ANYTHING you throw at it.
It can color signal any way you want to, or keep your signal transparent. It has a ton of headroom. Can't wait for a second one! close [-]
It's a diamond
by Bojan Ostojic from Iquique ChileI just have this baby for 2 weeks , and just blow my mind away.... just buy this. nothing more
October 21, 2011
Music Background: Owner Recording Studio, drummer.
1073???... Why if you can get this Baby?!
by Matias A. from Santiago, ChileWhat can I say?..... This baby is awesome!!!..... everything that you need in one box!
December 16, 2010
Music Background: Profesional Producer, Recording Engineer, Composser and Pro Musician
I have a pair of this bad boys and I'm using them on everything... Today I was in a Drum recording... read more [+] session and everyone were impressed with the sound of the Kick and the Snare where we used them... Punchy, Thight, focused, BIG and silk.
In vocals is such a great unit!... all the vocals are silk when they run through the pre amp, the EQ section and the compressor are beautiful... so musical!
The +/- 36V Rails it's an amazing design improve v/s the small portico units.... this are like "the Poor man 5088 Console".
If you need a clean Sound you can get it.... if you need a more foward kind of distortion in your sound.... like an API pre amp, you can get it..... And if you want / need that Classic Neve sound, you can get it too... that's the job of the 2 modes silk button plus the Texture control.
It's expensive, but you get a lot for your bucks.... so if you need a great pre amp, a very musical EQ and a really amazing compressor... this is the unit for you!!!
Why you should pay 2,000 dollars more for a 1073 if you can get this baby?!!!!..... I don't get it!!!.... This is the new 1073, period! close [-]
The legend continues with the Rupert Neve Designs Portico II. I've used this channel strip and have always been impressed with what it does. It can sculpt the dynamics, tone, and overal vibe of everything from vocals to drums. If you'e interested in getting a highly versatile and powerful channel strip, this is a very good choice.
Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel
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