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Portico 5012 or 1073DPA?
Old 30th June 2005
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Portico 5012 or 1073DPA?


I'm starting to save for my first Neve preamp!!!

I'd like a dual one, for stereo, but can't afford two 1073s - what am I talking about - I can't afford anything Neve!!!

I figured I'd aim for either the 1073DPA or the Portico 5012. Anyone sussed out the differences?

Are these good first high-end pres to buy? I'm currently using a M-audio Tampa.

Oh, other thing is that my current mic is a Rode NTK. Of course I would like to upgrade to something better, but in the meantime, will I still see an improvement in sound whacking the Rodie through either of the Neves?

Should I buy a Neve first, or keep the Tampa and invest in a high end mic?

Last question - I need some recommendations on which mics are good to use when recording stereo images of acoustic guitar. I want something that will be good at achieving both a nice crisp sound, and also that warm , make your ears go fuzzy Wilco-like acoutic sound (separate takes!).


Old 30th June 2005
We have the Neve 1073DPA here on loan..

It has very fancy digital outs

I haven't hear the Portico yet... keen to!

Old 30th June 2005
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Of course, you could also go for a high end but lower priced preamp (or API 512C where you coudl add a 2nd channel later) and a better mic. I guess you could get a daking + Brauner Phantom C for the price of the 1073DPA.
Old 30th June 2005
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check out this DIY project if your so inclined.

I bought (3)neve 3415 modules for about $900.00 US, gave one to a friend and in return he created this...

be careful!!! Once you go Neve, you never go back!
Old 30th June 2005
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The Portico is an amazing pre. I haven't heard it side by side with a 1073 yet though.
Old 30th June 2005
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Originally Posted by Jules
We have the Neve 1073DPA here on loan..

It has very fancy digital outs

Well then you don't have the DPA!!!!!

Just bustin your balls man, you got the DPD though, the one with the AD converters built in. I just got mine yesterday and can't wait to track with it tonight.
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