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Jan 16, 2011

Steinberg is teaming up with Rupert Neve Designs to release the first plugins modeled after Rupert’s Portico Series analog gear. The 5043 Compressor and 5033 EQ will both be available in VST and AU formats, for a price not yet announced.

“Particularly known for designing all-analog signal processing equipment, Rupert Neve has been looking for the right technology to port his legendary designs to the digital domain. With Yamaha’s Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology, this coveted intention was able to be realized, evolving to an alliance between Yamaha, Rupert Neve Designs and Steinberg. The very first plug-ins incorporating VCM technology emulating analog Portico hardware are now the RND Portico 5033 equalizer and RND Portico 5043 compressor.

“With the Yamaha VCM technology, we’re able to pick up the amazing quality of musicality and accuracy that was inherent in the original Rupert Neve Designs Portico modules,” states Rupert Neve.”

The 5043 Compressor plugin will follow the controls of the hardware unit, with threshold, ratio, attack, release, and gain, as well as the option to switch between feed-forward and feed-back compression. The 5033 EQ is a five-band equalizer, with three fully parametric bands and a low and high shelf.

Also announced at NAMM 2011: a new mic kit for recording drums from AKG. The Groove Pack is envisioned as a start-up mic set for drummers, and includes 6 microphones from AKG’s Perception Live Series. For $399, the Groove Pack includes:

  • One P2 dynamic mic with high SPL limits and enhanced low frequency response, which make it suited for miking kick drums and other bass instruments.
  • Two P17 small-diaphragm cardioid condensers (technically identical to AKG’s P170 mic’s) that feature switchable -20dB pads and come with stand adapters.
  • Three P4 dynamic mic’s, with neutral frequency response for use on snare and toms. Mounting brackets are also included for placement when space and mic stands are at a minimum. –Mike Bauer