Rupert Neve DesignsPortico II Channel Strip

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Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel Strip

The Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel Strip combines RNHV2 op-amps and transformers with newer features like a multi-variable EQ/de-esser, Texture control, an array of VCA filtering and detection choices, parallel compression blending, and a high-pass filter to offer users a module that delivers unprecedented sonic control. 

The module accepts line-level, microphone, or DI input signals for a variety of customizable input options. The input boasts a 10k ohm non-reactive input resistance capable of handling up to 26dBu without a pad. There’s also a primary gain control that adds up to 66dB of gain in 6dB increments, complete with a +/- 6dB trim. The module’s high-pass filter is continuously variable from 20 to 250Hz. 

The Portico II’s EQ section is comprised of four bands and follows the mic preamp and hi-pass filter by default, preceding the compressor. However, this mode is customizable via the Post Comp switch. The module’s low shelf boasts an independent engage switch, Classic Peak/Shelf section with +/- 12dB room for adjustment, and selectable turnover frequencies ranging from 70 to 1.4kHz and 700Hz to 14kHz. The LMF and HMF bands are fully parametric and feature a joint engage switch for an additional +/- 12dB of adjustment, a continuously variable Q (0.7 - 5), and a continuously variable frequency range extending from 70 to 1.4kHz and 700Hz to 14kHz. 

Portico II Channel Strip Features

  • Texture control for fine tuning harmonic ratio and tone
  • Post Comp moves the EQ after the compressor
  • Multi-variable De-Esser can be used to soften harsh sibilance in voices and instruments
  • Blend gives you a continuously variable control to mix compressed and uncompressed signals
  • FF/FB changes the VCA detection from a forward feed design to a feed back design
  • Super Fast overrides the attack setting, using a combination of peak and RMS detection set below 1ms
  • Side Chain Send/Return
  • External compressor side chain send and return on 2 x TRS jacks
  • Dual 16-point peak meters display compressor gain reduction and output levels
  • Highpass filter is continuously variable from 20-250Hz
  • HPF to Side Chain Uses the HPF in the compressor side chain
  • Gain provides 66dB in 6dB steps
  • Trim: Continuous +/- 6dB level control
  • All EQ In: Enables all EQ bands
  • Comp In: Engages compressor section
  • Phase Inverts
  • Phantom power: Selectable 48V
  • DI: Discrete FET input for hi-Z instruments
  • Line input: Selectable +4 balanced input
  • LF EQ: +/-15dB adjustment at 35, 60, 100, and 220 Hz, independent LF engage, selectable classic bell or accelerated shelf curves
  • LMF EQ: +/-15dB adjustment from 70 to 1.4KHz, with a continuous "Q" from .7 to 5., engaged with the MF switch.
  • HMF EQ: +/-15dB adjustment from 700Hz to 14KHz, with a continuous "Q" from .7 to 5., engaged with the MF switch.
  • HF EQ: +/-15dB adjustment at 4.7, 6.8, 12, and 25kHz, independent HF engage, selectable classic bell or accelerated shelf curves
  • Rackmountable, 2U


  • Preamp Type: Solid State
  • Number of Channels: 1
  • Frequency Response: 2Hz-160kHz (-3dB)
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • EQ: Yes
  • Compressor: Yes
  • Other Processing: Textre
  • Analog Inputs: 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x XLR (Line), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
  • Analog Outputs: 1 x XLR
  • Digital Inputs: No Digital Inputs
  • Digital Outputs: No Digital Outputs
  • Other I/O: 1 x 1/4" (Thru), 2 x 1/4" (Sidechain Send, Return), 2 x 1/4" (Link)
  • Computer Connectivity: No Computer Connectivity
  • Rackmount Spaces: 2U
  • Height: 3.5"
  • Depth: 10"
  • Width: 19"
  • Weight: 20 lbs.
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