The Portico Range
A Series of All Analogue Building Blocks
A portico, in building terms, suggests a rather grand entrance or doorway. Its form tells you something about what to expect as you enter.
The new Rupert Neve Designs Portico modular preamplifiers and analogue audio processors constitute a range of building blocks that may be used independently or in combination to provide key elements that were traditionally included in large format Sound Control Consoles.
High quality sound control consoles can provide a powerful array of audio tools but your actual choice is limited by decisions the console designer has already made on your behalf and by the cost of providing a large number of identical modules, many of which are probably redundant to your purpose. The Portico Range presents a means of interconnecting very high quality modules that give you those precise features that you need just when and where they are wanted in the chain, without the huge redundancy of a large console.
As new modules are added you will be able to select from a wide range of innovative audio processors that can be freely interconnected. In addition, because of the balanced inputs and outputs, the flexible mounting features and the independent powering, you can include any of your favorite transformer-coupled, balanced modules in a Portico chain without fear of ground loops or level discrepancies.
Classic Circuit Design
Built on Cornerstones of Tradition
The design of Portico modules is based on all that is best and most respected by the many friends in the Industry who love the sound of genuine vintage modules.
Very high performance transformers have been developed over the years and we have returned to discrete single-sided circuits wherever possible. There is, therefore, no possibility of crossover distortion; a particularly obnoxious artifact which the professional ear can detect in extremely small quantities. This is one of the reasons for the very sweet and “silky” character of the sound.
Very small quantities of noise and interference can also intrude into an audio path if not dealt rigorously with in the basic design. Portico modules are fully encased in folded steel enclosures; they even have steel front panels behind the heavy gauge machined front mounting plates! Therefore the whole module is magnetically shielded.
The top – seen when desk-mounted – is a seamless, powder-coated, wraparound cover, giving a very attractive appearance.
Each module has its own small power supply that ensures independence from anything else in the system. An external low voltage supply of 9 to 18 volts DC is needed to feed a module. Multiple modules are then “daisy chained” and fed from a single supply. For field work, a 12 volt car battery is ideal.
Power supplies and accessories are detailed on succeeding pages or you are invited to consult Rupert Neve Designs with regard to powering a whole system. Each individual Portico module is normally sold with a power unit capable of powering two units.