Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017

1-ch Desktop Microphone Preamp/DI and Compressor
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The Sound of Rupert Neve, to Go!

A 1-channel preamp/compressor that's dripping with classic British vibe! Rupert Neve has had a huge hand in shaping what we know as the modern recording studio. The Rupert Neve Designs Portico series, continued here with the Portico 5017, makes the Neve sound available to project and professional studio owners alike. The DI input and the mic pre can be used simultaneously. And the Portico 5017 also has a blend control, that can be used to combine and compress the direct and amplified signals. The Portico 5017 gives you everything you want from a Rupert Neve box, but in an easily portable unit.

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017 Microphone Preamp/DI/Compressor at a Glance:
  • Legendary Neve sound in an accessable package
  • Studio quality in a portable design
  • Superior control of your sound
Legendary Neve sound in an accessable package

There may not be any single individual as responsible for what we know as audio recording than Rupert Neve. He set the standard that we all keep using today. Now you can get the man's defining sound in a compact, portable, and affordable package. The Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017 gives you the most desired features of a Neve preamp, but it doesn't stop there. As well as the preamp you get a high-quality mobile DI, Neve's Vari-phase control, a powerful single-knob compressor, and more!

Studio quality in a portable design

The Neve Designs Portico 5017 offers so much more than a standard desktop pre. You get a full featured Rupert Neve preamp in a design that you can easily take with you on a mobile recording project. Want to track a singer/songwriter at a gig? Need a high quality DI/preamp to grab a piano track outside of your studio? You've spent a ton of time getting the sounds right in your studio. Now you don't have to compromise the quality of recording when tracking elsewhere.

Superior control of your sound

For having such a small footprint the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017 offers amazing control of all of it's features. Along with gain controls for the instrument and microphone inputs, you also get a variable Blend control between the two inputs to use them both simultaneously. The Vari-phase control lets you dial in the phase of the two ins incrementally for total control. The single-knob compressor is a breeze to use, and you get Neve's Silk control that adds nostalgic warmth and presence to both inputs for that classic Neve sound.

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017 Microphone Preamp/DI/Compressor Features:
  • 1-channel operation
  • Use DI and mic channels together
  • Blend control to mix DI'd signal with miked signal
  • Record bass with both a miked signal and a DI
  • Balanced or unbalanced hi-Z input for instruments
  • Highpass filter: 12dB/octave @ 80Hz
  • Phantom power
  • Phase invert
  • Variphase for fine tuning of phase relationship
  • Compressor
  • Silk channel for vintage-style sound
Vintage vibe without the vintage price, with the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017!

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 10Hz-160khz (@ -3dB)
Phantom Power Yes
Compressor Threshold 10dB to -20dB
Compressor Ratio 2:1
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (Mic Out)
Other I/O 1 x 1/4" (Thru)
Manufacturer Part Number 5017

Customer Reviews

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This is a great sounding box. It is quite versatile. A telecaster DI with silk and compression is the best clean guitar sound ive ever had. If you are a singer songwriter like myself, you can use this box in so many ways youl want two!

Pure Magic!

I really wish I could put into words just what makes Rupert Neve gear, in my estimation, the best music gear around. Is it the pure fidelity across the entire frequency spectrum that their transformers so faithfully reproduce? Or is it some magical fairy dust from the 13th dimension of love? Is it the smooth edges of a super sweet silk circuit that overtakes you in a wave of creamy glory? Whatever it is, however they do it, I have to say NOTHING in this price range approaches the pure sonic sensuality of this Rupert Neve unit. I highly recommend this pure electronic witchery for recording vocals and direct boxing your acoustic the same time! The comp is subtle, smooth and effective, and this thing has more head room than an NBA arena. You may never have occasion to turn the mic gain up more than a quarter of the way. That kind of head room. 5 Stars, Wow! Blown Away, are all applicable adjectives here, but I prefer just one: Magic! The only drawback: I no longer have any excuses for sub-par recrodings. Drat!
Music background: Songwriter, Recording Hobbyist

Worthwhile Investment

I was looking for an upgrade to my vocal chain. I decided on the 5017 with assistance from my rep David. The term "Impressive" is an understatement! The Portico is extremely quiet, 'Present' Mids, smooth highs (especially with the silk mode). Paired with my Mojave MA-200, my vocal tracks (female radio-pop, male hip hop) sound incredible. Very little EQ necessary to make them shine (1073 emulation plugins). So incredibly pleased with this unit. I'm so ready now to build a lunchbox and seeing what else RND has to offer!

Excellent Mic Pre

I got this preamp with the Neumann TLM 103 kit and I'm very happy with it. (thrilled actually) I use it primarily for vocals and acoustic guitar and the features are perfect for this application. I'm also using an Apollo Twin Duo for recording to my computer, but the 5017 is my main vocal mic interface. From there I run balanced out to the line in on the Apollo and then on to Logic Pro on my mac. This is an ideal preamp for my purposes, and I particularly like the compressor and silk mode. You will not be disappointed if you invest in this great preamp. Some might consider it redundant given I have an Apollo Twin, but I initially wanted it for live performances, and then after experimenting with it, it became the heart of my vocal recording interface. I can't imagine a performance without it. Addiction is a terrible thing! Well, unless its a Portico 5017 and in that case it makes perfect sense. Hmmmmm. I bet it would do a number fattening up a tenor sax.....
Music background: 40+ years singer / guitar player. Electrical engineer.

A truly professional piece for the project studio.

So here's the deal - I own a small recording studio and I have been composing and recording for over 15 years. I have been crafting great-sounding music that comes fairly close to that "big-studio" sound but I always felt that my vocal tracks, acoustic guitar and live drum tracks lacked a little polish. I have decent mics and pres, a well-treated ( but not perfect) recording room, good monitors etc. I do extensive mix comparison on different systems and am generally able to get solid, translatable mixes that I am happy with. But it takes lots of tweaking and adjusting and often re-recording to get things how I like. Now I had my eye on the Portico series for some time now and finally I ordered one. I am a firm believer in the fact that gear does not make great recordings - people who learn to use their tools effectively and train their ears do. But the Portico has changed my mind a little. There is something very special about this unit. I can best describe it as a smooth, clear, professional sheen on vocals and acoustic guitar. I plugged my TLM-103 in a added some compression and I felt like I was in a million-dollar studio. The sound was rich and natural. The mic captured details of vocal inflection beautifully. Somehow the recording seemed more "alive" yet was surprisingly forgiving. I felt no need to add lots of eq and plug ins. A touch of reverb and it sounded great. When I did add some plug in effects it seemed to really make them shine. Same results with acoustic guitar and electric bass. My tracks are now easier to mix, and have a natural "big studio" sheen now. I cannot explain it all but I know the interaction of the Neve circuitry seems to bring the very best out of my mics and instruments. I still use my Liquid Channel and UA-solo mic pres, but the portico more often than not gets the job done with the least tweaking and fuss. And I can capture the sounds I have in my mind now. I recognize that every part of the recording chain plays a role. This mic pre is NOT a substitute for good performances, solid acoustic treatment and careful mix-referencing, but it does have some definite MAGIC that has taken my recordings to a new level!! Mr Rupert Neve I am a believer!
Music background: Project Studio Owner, Church Musical Director
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