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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 500 Series Microphone Preamp
Legendary preamp design complete with variable Silk/Texture control - for 500 Series
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.
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By William A on June 13, 2021
This is a no-brainer. If you're looking for your first mic pre don't even consider anything else - this can do clean and it can do tone/vibe. Plus a small investment into a 500 series rack will open up so many possibilities for low cost upgrades in the long-run.
By Rude on December 9, 2020
Yes yes yes
By Jerome O on November 5, 2020
Modern take on a classic circuit. My favorite feature is the continuously variable HPF. Twist until it sounds good. The silk feature is my second favorite. Dial in your preferred harmonic content. Great value as well!
By Steve H on October 29, 2020
Everything seems to cut through with these baddies! I love them. So far they have given me a bright and clear sound that seems to pop out without taking so much space in the mix.
By Your F on May 25, 2020
Anything Rupert makes sings of fidelity and harmonic integrity.
By Charles T on May 16, 2020
By Okamoto K on April 16, 2020
Outstanding with my u87. Silk and texture allow great flexibility for dialing in a sound.
By John on July 23, 2019
Thank you Rupert!
By Dennis H on July 21, 2019
Been using these pres for a few months now and I love them. My vintech dual 72,went up for sale shortly after.
By Brent V on April 10, 2019
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.
An empty rack space is a terrible thing to waste and throughout 2018, Vintage King customers filled them in with fervor. From classic gear to reproductions and new innovations, you brought it home and helped make this one of the biggest years in outboard gear ever.
So... What has everyone been buying? Well, we're here to talk about the top five best selling pieces of outboard gear from 2018. Read below to discover the mic pres, EQs, compressors and more that made it into the ranks, along with a few deserving honorable mentions from close to the top of the list. Continue reading →
A crucial link in the audio chain is the microphone preamplifier, aka the mic preamp or mic pre. The output level of a microphone is very low and requires amplification to bring it up to line level. That’s what a mic pre does. But a mic preamp can’t drive a pair of speakers; that’s the job of the main amplifier.A key part of the job for a mic pre is to keep input noise to a minimum and to amplify without distortion.
Being the first amplification stage of the microphone signal, the mic preamp is essential to getting a good sound. Choose a poor one and you’ll be working harder to overcome its limitations. Choose a good one and processing your sound will get a lot easier. But what are the differences between average preamps and better ones? Let’s look at some of them. Continue reading →
The 500 Series format consists of a whole slew of different signal processing modules in a compact rack unit. Mic preamps, equalizers, compressors, DI boxes, filters, effects... You name it, you can find it in a 500 Series version from a wide variety of manufacturers.Most of those manufacturers participate in the VPR Alliance, established to set standards for the format to ensure that the end user can rely on consistent specifications with regard to voltage, current draw, size, etc. along with proper compatibility with existing modules. The essence of this idea is to make it simple for the user to mix and match modules from different makers, thus allowing for the broadest range of implementation for their products. Continue reading →
One question we always get asked here at Vintage King Audio is, “How do I get huge sounding vocals that have warmth and color?” Over the years, we’ve shared our gear picks for how to do it on an unlimited budget and a somewhat stricter one. For today's blog, we want our social media fans to know that we've heard them loud and clear. You wanted us to do this with a smaller budget, and so here it is!
We understand that not everyone can afford Neumann U47s, Neve 1073s, or Fairchild 670s. With that being said, most people still want their recordings to sound like they have used these titans of the studio for tracking and mixing. Read our blog below to discover some microphone, preamp, and compressor options that will get you a big sounding vocal chain for right around $1,500. Continue reading →
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