Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 500 Series Mic Pre
The Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 is a single-channel microphone preamplifier that implements all the coveted features and usability of a larger Portico outboard rack unit into the 500-series format. The module boasts Rupert Neve’s signature Silk button, for added harmonics that result in a characteristically vintage tone reminiscent of its manufacturer’s early designs.While the 511 is advertised as a microphone preamplifier, it does not always have to be used in this way. Setting the gain knob at 0dB enables the module to accept line-level signals.
Additionally, the 511 can power condenser miss and active DI boxes via Phantom Power, which can be activated simply by pushing the corresponding button.
In terms of processing, the 511 features a variable high-pass filter that sweeps between 20-250 Hz. There’s also an eight-segment LED meter for effectively monitoring the output.
Portico 511 Features
Sonically flexible microphone preamplifier in 500 Series format
Preamp circuitry from the 517 preamp
Sweepable highpass filter circuit from the 5012 preamplifier
Versatile tone shaping provided by the Silk/Texture circuit (from the Portico II channel strip)
Excellent sound quality and flexibility should make this a great preamp for any project
Noise: Noise measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 22 Hz - 22 kHz, source impedance 150 Ohms balanced. Noise performance can vary depending on the 500 series and/or interference from stray magnetic fields.
EIN: -126 dB 150 ohm
Gain: Unity Gain: better than -103dBV
With Gain @ +66 dB: better than -60dBV
Gain Range: Gain Unity up to +66 dB in 6 dB steps
Trim continuously adjustable from -6 dB to +6 dB
Controls: 1x Trim knob
1x Gain knob
1x High-Pass Filter knob
1x Texture knob
1x Phantom Power button
1x Polarity Reverse button
1x High-Pass Filter button
1x Silk button
High-Pass Filter: High-Pass Filter continuously variable swept frequency from 20 Hz to 250 Hz
Slope: 12 dB/Octave
Meter: 8 segment LED meter
Power Requirements: Power Requirements @ +/-16VDC 100mA
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