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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 517

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 517, Mic Pre-Amp and Compressor (500 Series), transformer-coupled preamp, compressor and DI circuitry, with Vari-phase, Silk and DI/mic blending capabilities - The silk button reduces negative feedback and adjusts the frequency spectrum to provide a very sweet and musical performance, Frequency Response: Main Output, no load, –0.2 dB @ 10 Hz –3 dB @ 160 kHz, Noise: Measured at Main Output, unweighted, 22Hz-22kHz, Terminated 150 Ohms. With gain at unity better than –100 dBu With gain at 66 dB better than –62 dBu Equivalent Input Noise better than –128 dBu Noise Factor 1.5dB, Maximum Output Level: Maximum output from 20 Hz to 40 kHz is +23 dBu. Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise: @ 1kHz, +20 dBu output: Main Output: Better than 0.001% @ 20Hz, +20 dBu output: Main Output: Better than 0.002% Silk Engaged: Better than 0.2% Second harmonic, Crosstalk: Measured channel to channel: Better than –90 dB @ 15kHz. Phantom Power: +48 Volts DC +/- 1%, Format: API Series 500 Rack

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Pre-Amp Yes
48 V Phantom power Yes
compressor Yes
limiter No
equalizer No
De-Esser No
other processors No
Rack/Frame No
supplies No

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Seriously good

23.04.2014
If you're looking for a combined pre-amp and DI, with the ability to blend between the two, there's really not much choice. Luckily, though, you don't need to look any further than this little beauty. The fact it's available in a 500-series module means that it's possible to use this kind of gear on the road as part of your instrument set-up, which is pretty astounding. As you might imagine, the thing is built like a tank, and cosmetically looks excellent. The signature Portico knobs are great to grab and feel solid. Before I got hold of one of these, I was using Focusrite ISA units as my main pre-amps, and to be honest, I didn't expect to hear any noticable difference between those and the 517, especially considering it wasn't a dedicated pre-amp itself. However, comparing the sound of an acoustic guitar through a DPA 2011C, I couldn't believe how much more detailed the 517 sounded. On the strength of this, I bought a 551 EQ (also excellent), and I'm also considering buying a few other rack units in this range. Top notch!
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04.04.2014
Well that, this previous is magic, it makes everything sound better. The SILK button, which supposedly adds "nostalgic warmth" does not do much, or almost I have not noticed. That is the only drawback. Failing to try it with acoustic guitars I give it 5 stars in everything.
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