Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Pre

Legendary preamp design complete with variable Silk/Texture control - for 500 Series
MFR# 511
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Pre
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The Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Pre combines some of the best features of leading Neve channels, including the 517 preamp, and the 5012’s sweepable High-Pass Filter. The Portico 511 is a great addition to any recording studio's 500 series rack, an extremely versatile preamplifier that is suitable for any application.

This transformer based, Class-A preamp can have up to 66 dB of dynamic range, each click of the preamp is in 6 dB increments for easy recall. The 511 is a TLA non-reactive design that precludes the loading of microphones with limited driving capability, this gives the 511 its signature Neve sound quality with very musical harmonic distortion. With the 511, the Texture control allows the preamp to be pushed even further, adding about 10 times the desirable THD of the original signal. A trim pot is included on the front panel for the perfect input to the preamp.


  • 517 Mic/Line Preamp circuit
  • 5012 Sweepable High-Pass Filter / 20 Hz - 250 Hz
  • Class A, Transformer based Preamp
  • 66dB of Dynamic Range
  • 6dB increments per click
  • Trim Pot ±6 dB for fine adjustments
  • TLA non-reactive design prevents unwanted distortion
  • 48 V Phantom power for active DIs or Condenser Microphones
  • Front Panel VU meter
  • Phase Flip Button
  • Texture Control - adding up to 10 times the amount of THD

Additional Information

Condition New
Channels Single-Channel
Chassis Module
Module Type 500 Series
Module Slot Count 1 Slot
Direct Input No
Digital I/O No

Great preamp. Warm and great for vocals

By Mitchell M on February 6, 2019

I have a pair of these with the 551 EQs and I love them. They are a more modern, clean sound than my real NEVE 1073LB and my 73 clones. The silk control does give it a little of the color of old school preamps - just not nearly as much. That said, I do not think that is negative. These pres are simply superb sounding and completely authentic to the original source. And for the price, I simply don't think there is a better 500 preamp available. I really like mine and think they are worth consideration for your rack.

By Sean R. on June 2, 2018

Awesome pre. On the cleaner side but it works great on any source. Some pres have a bit too much distortion for my liking and I find that this is a happy middle ground between having a vibeless track and "closing in" the sound because of too much color and distortion. The headroom is really great on this pre as well; I use it for R&B singers often where they swing from really loud passages to softer passages during the verse.

By Mickey on May 5, 2017

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