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Introducing the "Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor"!


I have been thinking for some time about installing a stereo compressor that can be applied to two mixes, and I have finally decided on the model to install and have it in hand. The model is the Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor (black outboard in the photo above).


The "Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor" seems to have become a standard model even at the commercial level, and is used for a wide range of mixing, mastering, and recording.


Leaving the sound check to other websites, it is a wonderful analog device with clear sound quality and rich functions, so much so that you can "do anything with it.

First, the compressor has not only two modes to choose from, Peak and RMS, but also a "SC124Hz" mode that does not compress only the low pass. When this is turned on, the compressor can be applied to the upper part of the sound while retaining the energy of the bass, so the punch of the bass remains. This is a very useful compressor.


In addition, it has a limiter. To be honest, I have just installed the limiter and do not really know how to use it, so I will skip it this time. It seems to be doing some kind of intelligent processing.


I was interested in this feature because the Rupert Neve Designs outboard has a good reputation for its "Silk" mode, which adds overtones. The "Silk:Red" mode and the "Silk:Blue" mode can be selected, making it a highly versatile feature. If you want to hear a song clearly, I think the "Silk:Red" mode is most often used at the moment. The "Texture" setting allows you to adjust the amount of application, so you can find the best setting for a variety of songs. It is very easy to use as it gives a natural sound without feeling uncomfortable even if you play it hard.

In addition, the Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor has a "Depth" and "Width" function. It is a very complete package.


The Depth function adjusts the depth of the center component, and the frequency selectable EQ function can be enabled. This is also useful when you want to bring the kick, bass, or vocals forward. I like to select "LF" in the "EQ" function and apply a heavy EQ to give the bass a more modern feel.


The "Width" function allows you to adjust the stereo spread. For example, if you select "HM" and twist "Width" to the right, you can add width to both mixes at once.

The "Depth" and "Width" functions can be used for M-S processing to easily create the inverted triangle image often referred to as a well-balanced mix. Moreover, when the compressor's "SC124Hz" mode is turned on, the bass energy remains beautifully intact, resulting in a very powerful sound.


On the other hand, if you turn the "Depth" function to the left to mute the center component and use the "Width" function to emphasize stereo, you will get an ambient-enhanced sound. This may be a good choice for orchestral or film music, where singing is not the main focus.


The Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor was an expensive purchase for me, but I like not only the richness of its functions, but also its texture, which feels thicker and more dense when passed through it. I am very satisfied with this analog equipment.


We are very much looking forward to having it as a partner in our work for a long time to come.


Of course, we will continue to provide sound through the "Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor" in the services we are exhibiting, so please enjoy the Horizon sound that has been raised to the next level.







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