Rupert Neve Designs
Portico 542 500 Series Tape Emulator

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Portico 542 500 Series Tape Emulator

 

The Portico 542 Tape Emulator from Rupert Neve Designs is a single-channel 500 series rack module that simulates the sound of analog tape, and adds texture to your audio with its dedicated Silk circuitry. The emulation of tape is achieved with analog hardware, as opposed to digital processing. The 542 features a "True Tape" circuit, which utilizes an authentic magnetic record head and a replay amplifier, giving the applied audio the warmth of tape compression. Texture can be added by pushing the Silk button, selecting Red or Blue mode, and adjusting a knob. This adds harmonic content that's reminiscent of vintage Neve equipment.

Tape Effects can be added in by pressing an illuminated button. A Saturation knob enables you to dial in the amount of effects, and a Blend knob lets you mix the pre and post signals. A 15 / 30 IPS button lets you select between the emulations of those two tape-based characteristics. Two eight-segment LED meters are on the face of the 542, one dedicated to Drive, the other to Level. When your signal hits the yellow LED in the Drive meter, a Soft Clip functionality kicks in, protecting your signal from peaking. A 500-Series power supply/rack is required for operation.

Features

  • Single Channel
  • True Tape Circuitry
  • 15 / 30 IPS Tape Characteristics
  • Blend Between Pre and Post Signals
  • Red and Blue Silk Circuit Adds Texture
  • For 500 Series Racks

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  • Function: Tape Emulator
  • Number of Channels: Single
  • Inputs: 1x XLR
  • Outputs: 1x XLR

Controls

  • 1x Trim knob, +/- 12 dB
  • 1x Saturation knob
  • 1x Blend knob
  • 1x Texture knob
  • 1x Tape Effect In button
  • 1x 15/30 IPS button
  • 1x Silk button
  • Maximum Output Level: 23.25dBu

Frequency Response

  • Line amp specifications, with tape circuit disengaged
  • Measured at +10dBu, trim at unity
  • Main Output +/- 0.25 dB from 5 Hz to 60 Khz -2 dB @ 120 kHz

Tape FX specifications

  • 15 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu -3dBu @ 28 kHz Saturation @ minimum 0dBu @ 10 Hz +5dBu Peak @ 60 Hz
  • Saturation @ maximum -3dBu @ 20 kHz -3dBu @ 12.5 Hz +2.4dBu Peak @ 60 Hz
  • 30 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu -3dBu @ 120 kHz Saturation @ minimum -3dBu @ 10 Hz +3.15dBu Peak @ 125 Hz
  • Saturation @ maximum -3dBu @ 100 kHz -3dBu @ 12.5 Hz
  • +1.3dBu Peak @ 110 Hz

Noise

  • Line amp specifications, with tape circuit disengaged
  • Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Input Terminated 40 Ohms
  • Unity Gain: better than -100dBu

Tape FX Specifications

  • Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Input Terminated 40 Ohms
  • Saturation @ minimum: better than -100dBu Saturation @ maximum: better than -100dBu
  • Total Harmonic Distortion/Noise: Line amp specifications, with tape circuit disengaged:
  • @ 1 kHz, +20dBu output level: better than 0.0025% @ 20 Hz, +20dBu output level 0.07% Typical (2nd and 3rd harmonic)

Tape FX Specifications

  • 15 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu 0.4% @ 3 kHz to 1% @ 175Hz typical
  • Saturation @ minimum greater than 1% below 175 Hz typical
  • Saturation @ maximum 1% at 6 kHz typical 0.3% @ 1 kHz to 3% @ 50 Hz typical
  • 30 IPS, Input @ -0 dBu 1% at 1 kHz typical
  • Saturation @ minimum 0.6% @ 400 Hz 5% @ 20 Hz typical
  • Saturation @ maximum 1.5% @ 20 kHz to 0.4% @ 1 kHz typical 0.4% @ 1 kHz to 2 %@ 50 Hz typical

Meters

  • 1x 8-segment Level meter
  • 1x 8-segment Drive meter
  • Power Requirements: Supplied by 500 series rack with 110-125 mA @ +/- 16V DC

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