Wimberley, TX (April 19, 2010) — Rupert Neve Designs is now shipping the
Portico 5017 Mobile DI/Pre/Comp. Comprised of a rugged, portable chassis
with world class Portico preamp, compressor and DI circuitry, the 5017
features two-channel operation, Vari-phase, Silk, DI/mic blending
capabilities, and boasts an unparalleled sonic heritage.
Built with value in mind ($1195 US list price), the 5017 is designed to
provide industry leading sonic performance with a versatile feature set
capable of functioning in many different capacities. Indispensable for both
recording and live performance, the 5017 assures that classic sound is
always within reach. An engineer could use his or her 5017 as an inexpensive
means to add new high-end analogue mic amplification, instrument
amplification, vari-phase adjustment and compression to their studio while
also taking advantage of the 5017’s portability to enhance their live
performances or location recording.
The Portico 5017’s microphone and instrument amplifiers provide the sweet,
musical response expected from a Rupert Neve design. With ultra low
distortion, exceptional bandwidth and the flexibility of Silk, the 5017’s
amplifiers can faithfully reproduce and even enhance every detail captured
by a microphone or instrument.
Based around a new LDR (light dependent resistor) design, the 5017’s
opto-coupler compressor has been simplified to a single threshold control
with auto make-up gain. By default the compressor is set to a fixed 2:1
ratio with an internal jumper to change between standard and fast time
constants. To set the compressor, simply dial the threshold control down
until the desired amount of compression is achieved. A built-in LED
indicates when the compressor is active.
Used as a two-channel device, a vocalist and a guitar player, for example,
can take the foremost studio quality of the 5017 wherever they go, using the
5017 for a vocal mic pre and compressor as well as a separate DI for the
guitar. To achieve this, the blend control should be selected as fully DI
(blend off), and an internal jumper can be selected to apply the compressor
to the mic pre signal. When engaged, Silk mode would affect both vocal and
guitar tracks; the HPF control would affect only the mic path.
Used as a single-channel device for instruments, the 5017 can be used to
phase align, combine and compress direct and amplified signals. To achieve
this, use the DI for the instrument’s direct signal and the mic preamp for
the speaker cabinet signal. The blend control is used for mixing direct and
amplified signals to achieve the desired tonal blend between the two
sources, and Vari-phase is used to minimize or attenuate phase cancellation
between the two signals. To compress the blended signal, the internal
compressor jumper must be set to the blend path (this is the default
setting). This technique could also be used to create a single, mixed output
of a guitar and vocal.
Founded by Rupert and Evelyn Neve, Rupert Neve Designs is built on passion,
experience and a desire to create products embodying the highest musical
quality. In continuing his legacy as a pioneer in audio circuit design, Mr.
Rupert Neve is currently focusing his talents on creating innovative
solutions to the issues facing the modern recording engineer.
Tel: (818) 909-9790
Rupert Neve Designs,
11 Flite Acres Road,
Wimberly, TX 78676.
Tel: (512) 847-3013
Fax: (512) 847-8869