Rupert Neve Portico II Channel Strip Review

Looking for an all in one tool that will add a little something extra to your recordings as well as being functional?  Then you might just want to check out the Rupert Neve Portico II Channel Strip.  This compresser/equalizer/preamp is an all in one tool that is designed based on the knowledge of Rupert Neve.  He has put together everything in a truly unique circuit system that allows the board to function more fully than another one would.  However, you might not be able to tell this from its simplistic design. Continue Reading




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The Portico is encased in a simple steel box with a nice aluminum front panel, the buttons have back up LED lighting and reliable output meters, but the interior construction is solid, and it is where Neve’s artistry shines.  The inputs (microphone, line, and direct source) are all coupled through n input transformer that uses Neve’s transformer-like-amplifier topology.  A 12-position rotary switch controls input gain.

The Portico II features a 4 band equializer with a pair of parametric midrange sections and peak filters.  Neve has reused their Accelerated Slope design from the 1064 and 1073 modules here for the HF/LF filters.  They also have built a de-esser circuit into the HMF section, something that has not been done before.  This reduces only that section’s audio instead of the entire band.

Overall, the Portico II Channel is perhaps Neve’s best flexible, powerful unit to date.  The fact that it is very easy to use makes it easy to recommend.  With a number of new innovations coupled with time-proven methods, the Portico II is truly outstanding.  It retails for $3,249, however, so be ready to pay for it.

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