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 used in tandem, the tape and line driver sections are an excellent means of cleaning up a cold 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 VERTICAL version of the Portico 5042.
Portico 5042-V 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
Intended for recording, mixing and mastering Applications
Noise: Measured at Main Output, un-weighted, 400 Hz-22 kHz, Terminated 40 Ohms Balanced
With Gain at Unity: Better than —100 dBu
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% typicalMostly 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
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
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5042-V Tape Emulator Reviews