Rupert Neve Portico II Channel Mic Pre / EQ / Compressor / Texture

Article number: Portico II Channel
Availability: Ships from manufacturer
Delivery time: Normal delivery time is 2-7 business days, subject to availability.

The Portico II Channel was created using the high voltage topologies from the 5088 to create a channel strip with the ultimate sound quality. Comprised of a fully-featured mic preamplifier, 4-band EQ, compressor-limiter, “texture” control and level metering, the Portico II Channel includes a bevy of new features including; Variable Silk with Texture control, a fully tunable “de-esser”, multiple VCA filtering and detection options, a transient-optimized swept HPF and parallel compression blending. With its simple yet powerful topologies and extensive feature set, every element of the Portico II Channel is geared towards empowering recording artists to realize these visions.


  • Texture allows for variable Silk to dial in harmonics
  • De-esser
  • Blend knob to mix compressed and uncompressed signals
  • Feed-back and Feed-forward operation of compression
  • RMS or Peak detection on Compression Circuit
  • Side-chain the compresser to the HPF or external device
  • Meters to display gain reduction and output level
  • Mic Pre with 66dB of gain in 6dB steps
  • High Pass Filter, Trim, Polarity Invert and Phantom Power on Mic Pre
  • DI input for Hi-Z sources
  • Selectable Line Input
  • HF and LF Shelf/Peaking EQ and 2-Band Parametic EQ
  • EQ my be moved before or after the compressor

Input Section
Microphone, Line or DI Inputs. The Microphone input has a 10K Ohm non-reactive input resistance that handles a full 26dBu signal without the need for a pad. Gain controls provides 66dB of gain in 6dB increments with a +/- 6dB Trim for fine adjustment. Additionally, a 20-200 Hz HPF, 48V Phantom Power switch, Phase Inversion, Signal Present indicator and a Mute switch are included. Inserting a plug into the DI input selects a 3M Ohm discrete FET DI circuit with a transformer-coupled topography that optimizes both the microphone and DI inputs, allowing low impedance microphones and high impedance sources like electric guitars and basses to sound their very best. A “Line” switch selects the independent Line XLR non-reactive input circuit that includes the HPF and Level Trim controls.

One of the key developments in the Portico II Channel is the new Texture section. Building on the “Silk” mode found in the original Portico Series mic preamplifiers, Texture is designed to adjust the actual amount of musical harmonic content from the source material – in effect, providing countless tonal options in one device. The texture section can vary from barely audible to dramatic, all controlled by a single knob.

The EQ topologies in the 4-Band Equalizer of the Portico II combine the best-loved sound of several classic designs, but are also capable of extremely fine surgical adjustments as well as dramatic boosts or cuts. The EQ section features a LF and HF selectable Shelf/Peaking EQ while there are 2 fully parametric bands for Low-Mids and High-Mids. A new De-Esser circuit, tuned from the HMF band, can be varied from off to full effect to help tame harsh sibilance.

The VCA compressor has a choice of Feed-Forward / Feed-Back modes, either providing a transparent modern response (FF) or a smoother, more vintage response (FB). Along with FF/FB modes, there are also 1:1 to 40:1 ratio controls and threshold adjustment, together with Attack from 20 to 75ms (.1 ms in Peak mode), Release from 100ms to 2.5s, and 20dB of Make-Up Gain. Link 2 units together for Stereo operation via the Link Switch. Insert the HPF as a Side-Chain to trigger the compression or use an external devices via the Key Send and Return jacks.

“Blend” works by creating a parallel mix between the compressed and dry signals. By mixing the compressed and dry signals, it is possible to increase the volume of quieter elements in the source material while maintaining a natural dynamic feel for the louder elements.

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