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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5/5

Get This Pre!

Wow! If you're looking for a high end pre, don't need a ton of I/O's, and want a stellar sound... this is what you need. I plugged a KSM through an Apogee Element 24, and of course it had crips and clear sound... then I turned this puppy on and the light that came over my little brothers eyes (who isn't a music enthusiast of any sort) let me know this was a very worth while investment! So up front, warm, and amazing sound this gives. It took sound quality from pro, to ready to be released. With onboard compression you're looking at minimal to no post effects after recording. You NEED to get this pre. It's an absolute steal for the price and you will not be disappointed! Classic Neve sound for an unbelievable price!
Music background: Singer/Songwriter Producer
5/5

Love it!

I have 6 months with this pre-amp! I love it! I think its super cheap for what i does..
Music background: Berklee
5/5

NEVE IS PURE HEAVEN

i cant believe i only paid 1000 bucks for this sound. i hooked it up to my sE Gemini 2 and i could only turn the gain up ONE NOTCH because the signal was so upfront! this unit gives you that Neve Sound at a price that is just hard to beat. i have had a few High Dollar Mic Pres in the last few years but i have never achieved the kind of Pure Vocal Heaven as i have with the Mobile Pre. and Guitars too. and its so easy to carry it to sessions elsewhere too! I wish i had made the move to NEVE years ago. AND SWEETWATER SHIPPED IT TO ME IN 3 DAYS! unheard of. THANKS AGAIN.
Music background: Pro Musician, published Songwriter, Studio Owner, Gear Junkie
5/5

King Of Sound Mr. Neve

The 5017 Portico, is a pre-amps, high quality compressor, I have tried several pre-amps, but nothing compares to Portico 5017 of the King of the sound Mr. Rupert Neve. Pre-amps is clean, large and graceful when you use it in voices, guitars, bass and all metal instrument and string. I use it with the Neumann TLM 102 MT and it sounds fantastic voices. try it and you see.
Music background: Singer and Music Producer
5/5

Sweet!

Sweet Neve tone! The DI works great for Bass. The mic pre is awesome on vocals, acoustic guitar and sounds killer on elctric guitar as well. Lots of features in this little box 'o tone! Love the blend and the live acoustic guitar/vocalist ability. Improved my recordings exponentially. -jp
Music background: Recording Engineer/Musician 35 years
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