New York, NY (December 6, 2005)–Location recording enthusiast Chris Jones has acquired a Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 Duo Mic Pre dual-channel microphone preamplifier for use with his portable recording system. Chris Jones and his portable location recording setup, including the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 Duo Mic Pre.Jones, who spends much of his spare time traveling the country to record some of his favorite artists, also maintains an easily transportable collection of high-end professional microphones, converters and hard disk recording equipment.
“The Portico 5012 is fantastic,” enthused Jones. “I used to have a bunch of outboard equipment, but portability was an issue. I’ve never been satisfied with a lot of the dedicated portable units. Everything I tried left me disappointed until I purchased this. I’ve since sold a lot of the other gear I was using.”
The previous recording setup that Jones had been lugging around not only didn’t offer the quality that he was looking for but it became prohibitive to transport by air. “I had several portable pres and converters that I wasn’t happy with, and I ended up hauling hundreds of pounds of gear to these gigs and inverting car batteries to power it.”
But, he added, “I wasn’t really willing to scale down in quality. This is a step up; the Neve box is fantastic.” The Rupert Neve Designs 5012, a compact, half-space, two-channel unit that incorporates custom designed transformers, very short signal paths, minimal negative feedback plus single-sided transformer-coupled amplifier designs, has allowed Jones to not
only slim down his portable setup but also improve the quality of his recordings.
“With the 5012, I’ve been recording some great stuff,” he reported. On the road, Jones typically records through the Portico 5012 to a Mytek Digital Stereo192 ADC converter and a Sound Devices 722 two-channel hard disk recorder using microphones from his collection of DPA 4011, 4015 and 4022 models. Closer to home, local New York shows are generally captured through the Rupert Neve pramplifiers to an Apple laptop using a Metric Halo Mobile
Jones first learned of the Portico 5012 while browsing some of his favorite web sites. “There was a lot of buzz online, especially on industry message boards and pro audio forums, which I frequent. This is a hobby, but one I take very seriously. With the reputation that Mr. Rupert Neve has, I thought I’d give it a go.”
Elaborating on his hobby, Jones continued, “It’s my life outside of the finance world, which is what I do for a living. Typically, I record artists with liberal taping policies that allow audience members to capture their performances. I’ve been recording the Dave Matthews Band since 2000. That got me started. The Dave Matthews Band community led me to other renowned
acts with similar attitudes toward audience recording, and I’ve been fortunate to record others such as David Gray, John Mayer, Trey Anastasio, Howie Day, and Jason Mraz. They all have this grassroots attitude, letting audience members record their shows. It’s free marketing for them, a privilege for me, and has allowed me to spread great music through my recordings.”
For further information on the Rupert Neve Designs Portico Series, please visit www.rupertneve.com.