Rupert Neve Designs Portico II MBP

2-channel Compressor/Limiter/Stereo Field Processor
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An Amazing 2-channel Dynamics/Stereo Field Processor

The Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor lets you enhance, reshape, and polish your sound to perfection. Whether you want to add finishing touches to your master buss, level out a stereo group, or add new life to mono sound sources, the Portico II Master Buss Processor gives you the compression, limiting, and stereo field manipulation you need. What's more, the Portico II Master Buss Processor features the same ultra-smooth Class A signal processing made famous but the 5088 mixer and the Portico II Channel, plus 72V topology, which lets it integrate with virtually any system. If you're serious about your sound, then it's time to ask your Sales Engineer about the Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor!

Powerful and flexible compression

Both channels of the Portico II Master Buss Processor feature one of Rupert Neve Designs' most versatile compressors to date. Whether you want to add punch to your mix or smooth out your vocal subgroup, the Portico II Master Buss Processor has the compression you need. Controls for ratio, threshold, attack, release, blend, sidechain highpass filter, limit, and makeup gain let you dial in the perfect compression quickly and easily. Use the two compressors independently, or instantly link them with the push of a button. Texture controls with Silk/Silk + tonality let you add classic Neve warmth, and a blend control lets you dial in the dry signal, so you can get all of the compression you want without losing transients. What's more, the Portico II Master Buss Processor lets you dial in feed-back or feed-forward compression modes, so you can choose from vintage or modern tones.

Transparent and musical limiter that's super-easy to use

Often overlooked at first glance, the Portico II Master Buss Processor's 1-knob limiter is a powerful and flexible tool. This simple limiter lets you get the most out of the Portico II Master Buss Processor's compression section, giving you the option to blend compressed and dry signals together and still keep sharp transients from clipping. Rupert Neve Designs' Adaptive Release Technology also gives this limiter its unique ability to grab onto fast transients, without smothering the rest of the signal.

Amazing Stereo Field Editor section expands the depth of your sound

Although the Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor functions wonderfully as a dual-mono processor, it really shines in stereo mode. That's thanks to its unique Stereo Field Editor. The Stereo Field Editor uses advanced Mid/Side stereo manipulation techniques, allowing you to adjust your stereo bus's width, depth, and ambience. Beyond widening your stereo image, the Portico II Master Buss Processor can actually bring center-panned instruments out in your mix. That makes the Portico II Master Buss Processor as invaluable a tool for mixing down as it is for defining the spread of your subgroups.

Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor Features:
  • Powerful 2-channel compressor/limiter/stereo field manipulator
  • Full compression sections for both channels, including attack, release, ratio, and threshold controls
  • Side chain inputs with highpass filters for both compressors
  • Feed-back/Feed-forward controls let you select from modern and vintage compression sounds
  • Texture control with 2 Silk modes let you add classic Neve warmth
  • Blend controls allow you to mix dry signal back into your compression, preserving transients while adding punch
  • Simple and highly musical 1-knob limiter with Adaptive Release Technology allows for brickwall limiting that doesn't distort or affect levels under the threshold
  • Stereo Field Editor section includes independent controls for width and depth as well as the width and depth EQs, allowing you to dial in the perfect stereo field
The Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor is the perfect way to get the most out of your mix!

Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
Industry Legend Rupert Neve Turns 90

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 2
Controls Gain, Limiter, Texture, Peak/RMS Selection, SC HPF, Ratio, Threshold, Attack Time, Release/Recovery Time, Depth, Width
Threshold -30dBu to +20dBU
Ratio 1:1 to 40:1
Frequency Response 4Hz-120kHz (-3dB)
Side Chain Inserts Yes (x2)
Inputs 2 x XLR
Outputs 2 x XLR
Sidechain I/O 2 x 1/4" TRS out, 2 x 1/4" TRS in
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5
Depth 12"
Width 19"
Weight Shipping Weight: 20 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Portico II MBP

Customer Reviews

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Oh how Sweet it is!

Got this because when I had a director over he asked me if I could redo another composers bad 6 cues in a feature film. I ordered this from Sweetwater 2nd day air. Nick Church set it all up with cables and nice rack. It came, I needed to pull off a miracle. See the music was with a live Orchestra and some synth. So I had to MATCH the real players with all the other stuff i bought from Sweetwater. Vienna, Omnisphere, EastWest, Komplete etc. The Director came back over in 4 days to hear the re-written cues and final mix. Holy crap so little time to do this. So I ran my final mix through Neve's 5043, 5012 then Portico II MBP at the very end of the chain like a finalizer. The Director was blown away. I was like "Yea Good old Rupert Neve" he never lets you down! Sounds with SILK BLUE and RED. Just a little bit of fuzz for that big recording sound. This allowed me to pull the brass into the mix position i wanted on stereo image. It took off all that DIGITAL Brittleness and sharp edges giving back the real sound of real players. SFE to COMP is awesome. Got rid off all those unwanted transients that like to move in your mix property! Smother out the levels perfect. You have to TWEAK it! The sound sonically is so full spectrum and warm, smooth as SILK and above all the director took the mix on a jump drive. I GOT PAID! This unit paid for itself within the first week!! can't say that happens very often in my life. If you are a pro, and want to make your studio sound better then the best, then this unit is for you. If you are a struggling starving musician..this unit is for you!. Your mixes and masters will foot to the top of the pile. Thank you Rupert for 30 years of the BEST sounding equipment. If I ever had a dream it would be to own your 5060 with a 5059, and a Portico II Channel. That would allow me to never leave my home, and deliver a master to Directors and Producers!! This is the most amazing fixer. It brings truth to the Hollywood phrase "So good you can put **it in and gold platinum comes out the other end" Awesome top notch. BUY THIS! You will never regret it. Oh never sell this! as Neve stuff triples in price. Thank You Sweetwater for caring Neve products. If you can't afford this pick up a Neve 5012 or 5043. I have a saying. "end to end Neve, will never grieve!!" This is what the best use! Cheers
Music background: Semi retired TV/Film Composer and musician

Portico 2

I don't give 5 unless it really does blow me away. It's the final touch to my studio.
Music background: Musician/ producer


WOW. This alone with the stereo field processing is worth it. First off, you have the most unique compressor that you'll find out there. Blend, Texture, and of course Attack, Ratio, Release, gain, etc., so many options I don't know where to begin but rest assured, your recordings will improve 20 fold at the least if you get this compressor. I find I like to adjust the Stereo Field Processing by making it very wide on one guitar, then the other guitar is very narrow almost mono. And the two blend together just perfectly. Just take a look at the comp's they have out today. There's nothing like the MBP. Its revolutionizing my session quality. Its adding character and depth that I thought would only be possible with an audio engineering degree and a REAL studio. Not so. This baby packs a punch and it ain't cheap but think about it. Desert Island comp. The ole desert island allegory. Yup this is a desert island comp the only one you will EVER need. Nothing comes close. And don't worry about the "mastering" part. I use it with my mixbus all the time and its great. No problem. I wouldn't use it tracking nor would I use any outboard gear via tracking. Mastering is something I well....haven't mastered yet so right now I'm just getting my feet wet. But I can tell you the MBP is the best compressor that exists out there and there is a reason why it costs $4000.00. Just my two cents but compare this to an LA2A or an 1176 you have two knobs. Thats it. Now that may show my ignorance about compressors but you get so much more with the MBP. Just don't spend chump change on a piece of junk. Save on, get a job, beg,borrow but don't steal....and get this right away you won't regret it!
Music background: lots o' stuff

Neve Quality

"Let's run it through the Neve," has become the most highly repeated phrase in my studio. The Neve. I don't really need to say much more. At first, I was kind of baffled. I was turning all of the knobs and pressing all of the buttons, and I was wondering why I wasn't changing the sound. And then I realized, holy crap, I am not changing the sound. I am achieving 12-15 db of gain reduction without chopping off any transients. My mixes are being returned to my DAW at - 5 db RMS without a lick of distortion and with a roundness and tightness in the low end that I have never before achieved ITB. I am retaining punch and clarity with absolutely zero added artifacts. I wanted a device in which I could manipulate multiple parameters and I have found it. No matter what knob I turn, I seem to add to the integrity of the mix. The silk Red is extremely audible. Turning the knob all the way to the right is tempting, but is a bit much, as I have come to realize. the Silk Blue adds harmonic warmth that my EQs just can't boost. Other MEs use different limiters, but I will just comp my mix bus, print it, and send it right back through the limiter for mastering. This is a major musical weapon and if you can afford it, what are you waiting for? Buy it. The newer version has the highpass sidechain set at 125 Hz unlike what is pictured, which is a relief, because that is much more useful than the original 250 Hz design. My music has drastically improved with this in my arsenal. All of my clients are asking me to bus their music through the Neve, which to me, means it's paying for itself.
Music background: Producer, Engineer, Artist

Smoothness, Punch, Detailed sound all in one!!!

I've recently purchased this devise and I have found no draw back and complain about it specially the new "Bypass All" button in newer models is very handy, thanks rupert neve designs, It is way more practical compared to "Shadow hills Mastering Compressor" and more versatile compared to "Dangerous Music Compressor" specially with SFE and Mid-Sid section ..... after testing it in just 2 weeks I have to say my dream come true, you can see my test in my youtube channel regards
Music background: Singer, Piano Player, Sound Engineer
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