Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator

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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator

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  • 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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  • 1Description

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.

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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 542 Tape Emulator
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
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