Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012

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
  • Low-noise, low-distortion operation
  • Why Transformers?
  • Add some "Silk" to your sound
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?

Why Transformers?

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:
  • Input: Balanced, using "Transformer-Like-Amplifier" (T.L.A.) with toroidal Common Mode Rejection Low Pass Filter
  • Input Impedance: 10,000 Ohms + or - 20%
  • High Pass Filter: Swept Frequency continuously variable from 20Hz to 250Hz.
  • Slope: 12dB/Octave.
  • Gain: Switched Gain from Unity to +66dB in 6dB steps.
  • "Trim": Continuously adjustable potentiometer from -6dB to +6dB with reference to setting on the Gain Switch.
  • Maximum Output Level:
  • Balanced and Floating Transformer Output from 20Hz to 40kHz: +25 dBu. (Clips at just over +26 dBu)
  • Mute: Mutes Main Output only. (i.e. Monitor remains "Live")
  • External 15V Supply included with every Portico Series module.
Add Neve to your Rack with the Portico 5012 from Rupert Neve Designs!

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 10Hz-160kHz (@3dB)
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR (Mic)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR, 4 x 1/4" (Buss A, B)
Rack Spaces Half
Height 1.75"
Manufacturer Part Number 5012-H

Customer Reviews

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Simple controls...easy recall...beautiful tone.....built like a tank....sleek design.....i have been in and out of studios all my life and have been recorded through tons of pres (from millenia to ssl to hardy Andy everything in between) and it's easy for me to see that my new neve portico is going to be a serious workhorse in my new studio. thus far I have only sent vocals and bass through this bad boy but I can tell it is going to perform on any source. One of my favorite features of this pre is the silk button......want it colored? turn it on. Need transparency? Turn it off. I would recommend this to anyone of any studio size. This whole portico line is a grand slam.
Music background: sony/jive recording artist...producer...multi instrumentalist

Love it

It is a Humble preamp that is clean transparent and my go to on a lot of applications from over heads to vocals, to guitars you name it. Anything can sound crisp clear through this preamp. A lot of people would say the silk doesn't do much to the ear but I know when I enable the silk option I get a warmer more vintage feel from the pre because it is adding some low harmonic information to signal . if you want a solid preamp that is clean transparent and reliable and wont disappoint this is it.
Music background: Producer, Mixing/Recording Engineer, Pro Musician

Amazing Pres

You just can't go wrong with these pres. They work on every source you put through them. The Silk button adds a nice smooth bottom end. The HPF filters are perfect for varied sources. The 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.
Music background: Recording Engineer

Amazing Sounds

Have great sound almost equal to those 1073. Super punch for the price
Music background: Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Santana, Lester Mendez, among others

This product is amazing!

Ok 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 great 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!
Music background: Recording Engineer
See also: Rupert Neve Designs, Rupert Neve Designs Preamps