|At the 2010 AES Conference, Rupert Neve Designs, LLC launches the Portico 5024 Quad Mic Amp. Based around custom transformers and class-A topologies, the 5024 combines purity with the sweet musical performance expected from a Rupert Neve Design. With four channels of renowned Portico Series preamplification, independent Silk controls, two channels of DI inputs, and an M-S decoder, the 5024 is designed to be a workhorse equipped to enhance the front-end performance of any digital or analogue recording system.|
For RND’s founder and head designer Rupert Neve, the real beauty of the 5024 is found on the inside. “Transformers have always been a signature component of my designs, and the implementation of custom transformers with the class-A circuit topologies developed for the Portico Series have drawn on countless years of knowledge. As the result of countless hours of experimentation, these preamplifier designs greatly enhance sonic performance, and make listening a more enjoyable experience.“
In addition to 72 dB of gain, the 5024’s microphone preamplifiers include individually selectable phase, mute, phantom power, a selectable frequency high-pass filter, and the Silk circuit, which yields the rich warmth and presence of the renowned classic designs. Channels 1 and 2 of the 5024 feature a high-Z input designed for instrument level sources. Channels 3 and 4 feature an M-S switch, which enables Mid-Side decoding without the use of multiple console channels.
“Versatility has always been a forte of the Portico Series pres,“ says RND marketing director Tristan Rhodes. “Engineers ranging from high end producers to project studio hobbyists have learned to trust Portico modules to sound amazing with virtually any source material or microphone. In the context of a four-channel preamplifier, this flexibility, paired with features like Silk, M-S and DI inputs. makes the 5024 a great choice for studios looking to improve their preamp arsenal.”
In 2005 Rupert Neve returned to manufacturing with a series of all-analogue products under his own brand, Rupert Neve Designs, following over 15 years of design consultation for other companies.