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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5042 Saves Time and Money at Infinitum Productions

Bill Sgambati of Infinitum Productions

Bill Sgambati has installed eight channels of Rupert Neve Designs’ Portico 5042 “True Tape” emulation and line driver at his Infinitum Productions facility in New York’s Hudson Valley. The 2-channel Portico 5042 Line Amp/Tape FX unit includes genuine tape-drive circuitry and duplicates the effects of tape when recording directly into a digital audio workstation. The Portico 5042’s emulation circuit provides the rounding and compression usually only achieved by the use of tape, which also serves to offset the harshness often found in digital recordings.

Although he maintains four tape machines, Sgambati says, “I purchased the 5042s for sessions where people don’t want to pay extra for the time and expense of tape. It’s basically a cost- and a time-saver for the artist. It’s great if we have something that can closely emulate the sound of tape.”

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