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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5042 Tape Emulator and Line Driver

The Portico 5042 provides a remarkable simulation of true tape sound through the inclusion of genuine tape drive circuitry. The 5042’s 2-channel “True Tape” and line driver’s tape-emulation circuit provides the nostalgic rounding and compression usually only achieved by the use of actual tape. This effectively offsets the harshness often found in digital recordings.


When the Tape circuit is not engaged, the 5042 can be used as a full transformer-coupled, high-performance line amplifier.

The company has also launched the Portico 5043, a stereo compressor/limiter with a choice of feed-forward or feedback control providing unobtrusive musical-sounding dynamics and brick-wall limiting.

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