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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5042-H Tape Emulator

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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5042-H Tape Emulator

Winner of the 2006 TEC award for best signal processing hardware, the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5042 is anything but another tape emulator. The module makes use of authentic tape drive circuitry to deliver an uncanny simulation of tape sound. Additionally, users can choose not to engage the tape circuit in order to use the 5042 as a dedicated line amplifier with a gain range of +/- 12dB. 

When combined, the tape and line driver sections are the perfect way to clean up a harsh digital signal. The unit accomplishes this feat though the inclusion of an authentic tape drive circuit routed into a magnetic head coupled to an equalized replay amplifier. 

In terms of connectivity, the 5042 features dual line-driving amplifiers with transformer-balanced inputs and outputs. It should be noted that the amplifiers are of exemplary sonic quality and are capable of enhancing nearly any audio signal, especially digital ones. 

This is the HORIZONTAL version of the Portico 5042.

Portico 5042-H Features

  • Dual channel tape simulation effects module
  • Winner of the 2006 Tec Award For Signal Processing Hardware
  • Genuine tape drive Circuitry for simulation of true tape sound
  • Analogue operation
  • Intended for recording, mixing and mastering Applications
  • Compact half-rack design
  • Heavy duty construction

Line Amp

  • Line Amp Noise Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 400 Hz-22 kHz, Terminated 40 Ohms Balanced
  • Line Amp Noise With Gain at Unity: Better than —100 dBu
  • Line Amp Frequency Response: Measured at +10dBu, trim at unity
  • Main Output: @ 10 Hz: —0.50 dB; @ 160 kHz: —3 dB
  • Maximum Output Level: Balanced and Floating Transformer Output: +25 dBu

Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise:

  • @ 1kHz, +20 dBu output level, no load: Better than 0.0015%
  • @ 20Hz, +20 dBu output level, no load: 0.250% typical. Mostly 2nd and 3rd Harmonic
  • Crosstalk: Measured Channel to Channel: Better than —90 dB @ 16kHz

Buss Output

  • Output is designed to feed the RND 5014 Buss-mixer, Monitor Amplifier at the internal system level of —2.5 dBu. Output level of the Rupert Neve Designs 5014 is
  • then equal to that of the 5042

Tape FX Specifications

  • (Measurements with tape circuit engaged)
  • Maximum Output Level:
  • Gain trim at Unity, Saturation at Min: +25 dBu
  • Gain trim at Unity, Saturation at Max: +6 dBu


  • Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 400Hz-22kHz, input terminated 40 Ohms Balanced
  • With Gain at Unity, Saturation control at Min: Better than —70 dBu
  • With Gain at Unity, Saturation control at Max: Better than —90 dBu

Frequency Response

  • Tape engaged, 7.5 IPS -3 dB @ 16 kHz
  • Tape engaged, 15 IPS -3 dB @ 20 kHz
  • Low frequency response varies with input gain and saturation settings
  • Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise: Tape Engaged: Approximately 1-2% 2nd and 3rd Harmonic below 1 kHz
  • Crosstalk: Measured Channel-to-Channel, Maximum Saturation - Better than —80 dB @ 16kHz
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