Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 - Horizontal by 8070
Over the past 3-4 years I have been lucky to find some good vintage compressors for my personal collection. Each one of these compressors has a signature sound and function that it excels at. Not all of them however have all the bases covered.
In the summer of 2009 while visiting a local music store(Long and Mcquade), I noticed that they were carrying the new RND products and I had heard that Rupert had started his new company. So I thought, what the heck, maybe they will let me take this home overnight to give it a try; see what it's like. So I asked, and they did just that. I got the unit home and two hours later I was in awe. How powerful, versatile and good sounding this little unit was; it literally blew me away. Whether compressing or not, when I want to smooth something out, I can run it through this thing. If I want a great drum comp in feedback, punchy but controlled, it'll do it. If I want something to handle bass well and give a long controlled sustain...it'll do it. Vocals, no problem. Etc..
The range and values of controls, the fact that it features two detector types on the sidechain, both feedback and feedforward, and how good the unit sounds just running things through it, make this one of the most powerful, goto comp's I have.
On the negative side stepped controls would've been nice, but I guess you can't complain when you realize what it is for the money. Overall, i'm still very happy with this comp and it never fails to satisfy when I need something that the others won't do. I bought the unit the next day.