The ultimate ´´color box”. As a 500-series follow-up to the Portico 5042, the 542 delivers the same thick, musical simulation of tape while drastically enhancing creative control via a number of new features. In addition to the the ´´true tape” circuitry – great for bringing out 3rd-order harmonics – the 542 incorporates a soft-clip circuit that tames the harshest sources and enhances 2nd-order harmonics, a variable and versatile Silk/Texture circuit for three transformer tones in one, and a wet/dry control to blend in the perfect amount of saturation.The 542’s ´´True Tape” emulation circuit provides the nostalgic rounding and compression usually only achieved by the use of tape, and can offset the harshness often found in digital recordings. Unlike digital emulations, the ´´True Tape” drive circuit works by feeding a custom-designed transformer acting as a ´´record head”, which in turn is coupled to a correctly equalized replay amplifier. As the voltage rises on the ´´record head”, saturation increases, and a soft clip circuit engages at higher levels to round off peak transients. The sound of the tape circuit can be further modified with selectable 15 / 30 IPS modes and a pre/post-tape blend control. In addition to the tape circuit, the 542 also has the variable Silk & Texture circuitry developed for the Portico II series modules, which allows the engineer to fine-tune the harmonic ratio and tonality on the output transformer.Getting the Most Out of the 542While in the olden days, tape’s non-linearity was generally looked upon as more of a curse than a ´´feature”, the advent of digital systems that operate in a completely linear fashion has made many appreciate the quirks of non-linear audio processing. Unlike linear designs, non-linear devices require the user to actively experiment with gain staging to find the ´´sweet spot” of the circuit. Although this requires a small amount of effort on part of the engineer, if used properly, the effect can add a dynamic aspect to performances that can enhance the impact of a song.The non-linearity in the 542’s ´´True Tape” circuitry and Saturation control necessitate taking note of both drive and input levels. How levels are staged into the 542’s tape circuit can significantly impact tone, depending on the position of the saturation control and the drive level on the tape circuit. As saturation is increased, low frequency compensation is decreased, and at a drive level of 5 the soft clipper enters the circuit. Finding the best balance point between low frequency response, total harmonic distortion, and desired soft clipping require playing with a combination of the saturation, trim and blend controls, and may also include using dynamics processing and proper gain staging before the 542.As a rough guide, we recommend starting with an input signal from around 2-10dBu and applying saturation, 15 / 30 IPS, Silk, and blend to taste. However, it always behooves the engineer to experiment with the balance between the pre-tape signal level and the level of the saturation control to find the best results for each source.To get a better idea of what is happening at different saturation and ´´Tape Head” levels, look through the frequency response and THD by frequency response graphs in the Technical Specifications section at the end of the manual.Also, like a real tape machine, the flux loops in the ´´True Tape” circuitry can pick up signals from strong nearby magnetic fields (The most likely sources are nearby power supplies, power amplifiers and computer monitors). Although we have shielded both the unit as a whole and the tape circuit to minimize stray inductance, if you have issues with hum when engaging the tape circuit, try moving the 542 to other spots away from magnetic field radiators until the hum subsides.Adding TextureBoth Silk modes are modified and fine tuned by the ´´Texture” control. By manipulating the Texture control, the amount of Silk can be changed from essentially absent, to roughly four times the amount of coloration found in Silk from the original Portico Series. With Silk / Texture engaged, the distortion characteristic and harmonic content of the unit are very reminiscent of many of Rupert’s vintage class-A designs. These controls add another realm of tonal control to the 542, and should be explored creatively in conjunction with the ´´True Tape” for best effect.Designed for 500 Series by Mr. Rupert...
Comprised of a rugged, portable chassis with world class Portico pre-amp, compressor and DI circuits as well as two channel operation, variphase, silk and DI/mic blending capabilities, the Portico 5017 is an innovative and powerful tool for recording or live performance. In replacing the Portico 5016 Mic Pre / Variphase DI, the 5017 Mobile DPC adds single knob compression, DI / Mic Pre blending, and a go anywhere design to a well established classic.With Portico Series custom transformers and silk mode, the Mobile DPC’s sonic signature is nothing short of legendary. It’s the 5017′s revolutionary feature set however that make it an indispensable tool for studio recording, live recording and stage performances.Dual Channel UseUsed as a two channel device, a lead singer and guitar player, can take the classic studio quality of the 5017 wherever they go; using the DPC for a Vocal mic pre and compressor, as well as a separate DI preamplifier. To achieve this, the blend control should be selected as fully DI (blend off), and an internal jumper can be selected to apply the compressor to the mic pre signal. When engaged, Silk mode would effect both vocal and guitar tracks, and the HPF control would effect only the mic path.Blended UseUsed as a single channel device for instruments, the 5017 can be used to phase align, combine and compress direct and amplified signals. To achieve this, use the DI for the instrument’s direct signal and the mic preamp for the speaker cabinet signal. The blend control is used for mixing direct and amplified signals to achieve the desired tonal blend between the two sources, and the variphase is used to minimize or extenuate phase cancellations between the two signals. To compress the blended signal, the internal compressor jumper must be set to the blend path (this is the default setting). This technique could also be used to create a single, mixed output of a guitar and vocals.The CompressorBased around a new LDR (light dependent resister) design, the 5017′s opto-coupler compressor has been simplified to a single threshold control with auto make up gain. By default, the compressor is set to a fixed 2:1 ratio with an internal jumper to change between standard and fast time constants. To set the compressor, simply dial the threshold control down until the desired amount of compression is achieved. An LED light indicates when the compressor is active.Vari-PhaseIn addition to the standard polarity reverse, the 5017 also incorporates a vari-phase control to adjust the phase incrementally. This control is useful any time two signals derived from the same source are combined.For instance, even with careful placement, the combination of close miced drums and overheads, can often yield hollow sounding results. By using the variable phase adjust, the direct signal can be phase rotated until the signals are naturally aligned.This technique is also extremely useful when combined with the internal blend control on instruments. A bassist, using both direct and miced signals can blend the two into a single output, using the vari-phase to reach an optimal alignment. By adjusting the phase in the 5017, the musician or engineer can find the absolute best mic position without regard to the phase relation to the direct signal.With the 5017, the Portico sound is always within reach.
Today, more than 45 million men and women are in their 20s and trying to figure out this very important phase of their lives. Striking out on their own with many firsts and unknowns, they face a decade filled with self-discovery and self-doubt. In the challenging audiobook Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart, Lisa Shumate shares an incredible resource for 20-somethings, walking them through 20 truths that they should always and never incorporate into their lives.Whether you are 20-something or older, these concepts are simple yet timeless, and they have the power to transform the way you think and act, setting a high standard for you and the quality of your relationships. Shumate asserts that putting Always and Never mantras into practice every day will build a strong foundation for the rest of your life - one that helps you realize your most cherished goals and dreams. This audiobook will guide, inform, and inspire you for the bright future to come! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Bieber, Lisa Shumate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150179/bk_acx0_150179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How can successful women flourish when they’re caught in a never-ending battle of seemingly conflicting interests: ambitions to pursue demanding careers, dedication to home and family, desire for intellectual self-improvement, and yearning for fulfillment of emotional and spiritual needs?The OM Factor is your key to both immediate and long-term fixes to deal with stress, anxiety, and imbalance in your life. Dhillon’s holistic approach to well-being incorporates seven easily applicable ´´plug-and-play” tools designed to deliver instant and effective results in emotionally challenging situations. You will also learn to cultivate seven important traits to achieve a spiritual evolution. Each trait is accompanied by a corresponding yoga pose, designed to be used easily and quickly wherever you are to enhance your practice for lasting results. Together, this creates an infinitely adaptable toolbox you can use in any aspect of your life. You’ll discover : How to meditate effectively for the shortest amount of time to see real results and change your current situation How to diffuse high-conflict situations on the spot and heal from old emotional wounds You’ll discover the ultimate value of investing in yourself and the profitable ripple-effect it has on your career and business. The scientifically proven power of seven specific ancient affirmations and key traits that create a shift in thinking and changes your realityAlka Dhillon brings her years of success as a CEO and entrepreneur to help you discover your own road map to equilibrium. The OM Factor will help you to achieve internal fulfillment and engender your external success.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alka Dhillon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151355/bk_acx0_151355_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The benefits of this book include 10 workouts as a special bonus that cover every part of your body and warm-ups necessary for each day!There are protein-packed recipes to help you look your best. And lessons on how to incorporate food into your everyday life. This book will help you to lose weight by following a workout for three days in a row, then resting. Do completely different muscles every workout and incorporate lots of cardio into your plan.The recipes included are so simple and quick to follow. All of them take less than 10 minutes to prepare. Perfect for people on the go. Included in this book are breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.When you exercise every day, you have more energy, vigor, and your metabolism will skyrocket!All of these workouts are geared toward building muscle and take less than 45 minutes, warm-ups and cool-downs included; these workouts that can be done at home with little to no equipment and are perfect for busy people.This book is designed for everyone at any stage in their fitness journey!Never has it been easier to learn how to lose weight and build muscle. Do not fall for the fads that tell you can lose 50 pounds in a week if you take a pill or if you drink a specially formulated drink.Losing weight and getting fit takes work and discipline!If you follow this book, you will see the difference within a few days. All it takes is eating right and burning more calories than you consume to lose weight. To bulk up, you need to consume protein, get rest, weight train with the addition of a little cardio, and eat more protein.Remember, fitness is only 20 percent exercise and 80 percent diet. Controlling what you consume is more important than the exercise, so be vigilant and follow this book! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/128689/bk_acx0_128689_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The master motivational speaker and spiritual channeler now known as Abraham Hicks was born Esther Weaver on March 5, 1948, in Coalville, Utah. Her parents, Henry ´´Bill´´ Emerson Weaver and Ruth Blazzard Weaver, raised Esther and her sisters, Jeanne and Rebecca Weaver, in Layton, Utah. Contrary to the life of blissful luxury Esther Hicks currently enjoys, she was once a small-time girl. While she was enthralled by the effects of easygoing Rocky Mountain living, Esther says she ´´never really thought about things too deeply´´. It´s amazing to think that the host of hundreds of life-changing presentations didn´t always view life from the supernatural perspective we see today. Raised on fresh mountain air and family values, Esther attended South Summit High School between 1962 and 1966. Esther´s beaming, youthful yearbook photo was captioned ´´Witty and Wise´´ by her peers. Here is a preview of what you´ll learn when you download your copy today: Esther Hicks´ life story The law of attraction The importance of feeling good and manifesting what you want in life How to incorporate Abraham Hicks´ message into your own life The partnership of Esther and Jerry Hicks 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janis McCubbrey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058050/bk_acx0_058050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.