Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5032 by method1
For all those who want the Neve sound with something a little extra, the 5032 is a great option. First off, in comparison to my vintage 1073 and modded 1271 modules, I’d have to say the portico has the edge in terms of openness and transparency. It does not lack character but seems to be less colourful than it’s older compatriots.
Not a surgical EQ but certainly a very musical one, the unit imparts a bit of “mojo” even when the EQ is flat. The 3-band EQ is very musical and useful for sculpting a mic sound on the way in, and the low pass filter is a useful addition. The silk switch works as advertised, adding some lovely harmonic content to guitars, vocals and other sources I’ve tried it on, it also seems to almost have a subtle de-essing effect in some situations.
Using the EQ as a line insert has proved very useful on a variety of material and can really fatten things up and shape sounds in a musical way.
The unit is very solidly built and I’m sure could take some abuse. It’s very easy and intuitive to use.
It is a bit on the pricey side for a single channel, but well worth it. A very good addition to the studio for anyone wanting some Neve flavour.