Rupert Neve Designs Portico 517

Microphone preamplifier, compressor and DI

  • With Vari-phase, Silk and DI / mic blend
  • Frequency range: Main output, no load, -0.2 dB @ 10 Hz -3 dB @ 160 kHz
  • Noise: measured at main output, unweighted, 22 Hz-22 kHz
  • Microphone gain up to 66 dB
  • DI gain from 0db to 30dB
  • Maximum Output Level: from 20 Hz to 40 kHz +23 dBu
  • Total harmonic distortion and noise: @ 1 kHz, + 20 dBu output: Main Output: better than 0.001% at 20 Hz, +20 dBu Output: Main Output: better than 0.002% Silk activated: better than 0.2% Second Harmonic
  • Crosstalk (measured from channel to channel): better than -90 dB @ 15 kHz
  • Phantom Power: +48 Volts DC +/- 1%
  • Construction: API Series 500 rack format

Further Information

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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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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