Rupert Neve Portico series
The design of Portico modules is based on all that is best and most respected by the many friends in the Industry who love the sound of genuine vintage modules.
Very high performance transformers have been developed over the years and we have returned to discrete single-sided circuits wherever possible. There is, therefore, no possibility of crossover distortion; a particularly obnoxious artifact which the professional ear can detect in extremely small quantities. This is one of the reasons for the very sweet and “silky” character of the sound.
Very small quantities of noise and interference can also intrude into an audio path if not dealt rigorously with in the basic design. Portico modules are fully encased in folded steel enclosures; they even have steel front panels behind the heavy gauge machined front mounting plates! Therefore the whole module is magnetically shielded.
The top – seen when desk-mounted – is a seamless, powder-coated, wraparound cover, giving a very attractive appearance.
Each module has its own small power supply that ensures independence from anything else in the system. An external low voltage supply of 9 to 18 volts DC is needed to feed a module. Multiple modules are then “daisy chained” and fed from a single supply. For field work, a 12 volt car battery is ideal.
Power supplies and accessories are detailed on succeeding pages or you are invited to consult Rupert Neve Designs with regard to powering a whole system. Each individual Portico module is normally sold with a power unit capable of powering two units.