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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017

Preamp

  • Microphone preamp and DI box with compressor
  • Two channel operation with crossfading
  • Silk-circuit
  • Microphone gain up to 66 dB
  • DI-Gain up to 30 dB
  • Balanced / unbalanced Hi-Z input
  • 48 V Phantom power
  • Phase reversal
  • Threshold control in compressor
  • Flexible adjustment via internal jumpers

Further Information

Channels 2
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter Yes
Equalizer Yes
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter No
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Really nice mobile Neve preamp!
Felix Nordic, 09.06.2020
A major improvement compared to my Mackie mixer and audio interface preamps! I've been using the 5017 mainly for vocals - in this use it gives a clear sound while having a subtle transformer character. Its DI input was also a major improvement compared to my Mackie mixer - I'm really happy with the tone that I'm getting from my active bass! The compact size of the 5017 makes it practical to use wherever I need it. And having two outputs is really useful too.

The limitations of the 5017 become obvious when recording more complex acoustic instruments such as a piano - now the 5017 transformer distortion comes to the fore, and makes harmonics less clear. The sound is still beautiful in its own way, but it is a coloured sound.

The compressor is really simple and a bit crude, but I find it useful for monitoring, and for preventing feedback in a live setting - when set to a moderate threshold it doesn't seem to harm the sound noticeably.

I've tried the silk button just a few times, and so far preferred to leave it off.

The pots feel very good and the signal present and compressor active lights are definitely useful. But due to the small size of the box and plenty of features, the face plate is otherwise crowded and hard to read. When the 5017 sits on a table, many of the writings are hidden under the long pots. Checking the positions of the white push-buttons is not very fast and it is possible to make mistakes in a hurry, as there are no indicator lights to show switch positions. In fact there is also no light to indicate that the device is on.
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A compact and solid preamp for home or professional use.
Chris Chen, 06.10.2018
This is the only one which you can find in the market providing both high-quality preamp with DI and compressor function,with a solid shell outside.I connect the preamp with TLM103 come from Neumann.It provide ultra clear sound and feel quite good.
Thank to its solid shell,it is very suitable for mobile recording.With an interface connected to the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017,than connect to the ipad.You will acquire extreme sound quality in mobile recording solution.
I recommand you to choose Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017!
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RN Portico 5017 AWESOME DEVICE!
Leeleo, 08.10.2020
i couldnt be happier with this thing...waited a long time to get it down here, but it surely was worth it! (the wait not Thomanns fault though).

Extremely easy to use, and the sound is insanely good. definitely the NEVE sound I was searching for in a portable device.
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Eine echte Bereicherung für mein Heimstudio!
30.03.2017
Ich mache seit ca. 25 Jahren Musik und beschäftige mich seit ungefähr 10 Jahren mit dem Home-Recording. Eine Sache, die mir bisher nie so recht gelingen wolle, war insbesondere das Aufnehmen von Akustikgitarren. Ich habe schon verschiedene Vorverstärker ausprobiert, war aber nie 100%ig glücklich mit den Ergebnissen.

Vor kurzem habe ich mir dann einen Ruck gegeben und hier den Portica 5017 bestellt und ich muss sagen, dass ich doch schwer begeistert bin. Ich nutze ihn jetzt zwischen einem Neumann TLM103 und eine Roland VS2400CD Kompaktstudio. Der Preamp macht das, was er soll (nämlich das Mikrofonsignal lauter) auf eine für meine Ohren sehr neutrale und transparente Art und Weise. Der Klang ist - natürlich immer stark abhängig auch vom verwendeten Mikrofon - sehr klar, leicht & luftig und lässt sich damit auch prima weiterverarbeiten und in einen Mix einfügen. Meine Aufnahmen von Akustikgitarren und auch Vocals haben sich damit wirklich ganz deutlich verbessert. Das ist schon erstaunlich...

Hervorheben will ich noch die Möglichkeit, das Mikrofonsignal mittels der Blend-Funktion mit dem DI-Signal zu mischen. Auch das macht für mich gerade bei der Aufnahme einer Akustikgitarre großen Sinn und eröffnet Raum für Experimente. Eine tolle Sache ist zudem die Silk-Schaltung, die dem Signal einen sehr angenehmen (leider nicht wirklich gut in Worte zu fassenden) Charakter verleiht. Am besten einfach mal anhören...

Mein Fazit: Wenn man die Musik wie ich als Hobby betriebt, ist der Preis natürlich schon deftig. Da das Gerät aber für einen spürbaren Schub in Sachen Aufnahmequalität in meinem kleinen Heimstudio gesorgt hat, bin ich persönlich extrem glücklich mit dem Ding und bereue nichts. :-) Ich würde jederzeit wieder zugreifen.
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