Wimberley, TX (September 29, 2006)–Mr. Rupert Neve, a pioneer of analog mixing console design, technical Grammy winner and founder of Rupert Neve Designs, recently achieved yet another milestone when he celebrated his 80th birthday. Mr. Neve and his wife, Evelyn, who have been U.S. citizens since 2002, reside in Wimberley, TX, where Rupert Neve Designs is headquartered.
Many of Mr. Neve’s previous designs, including the Neve 80 Series Consoles (8048, 8068, 8078), the 1073 and 1081 modules, as well as the original Focusrite ISA series hardware, have become some of the most highly prized analog recording equipment in the business. Rupert Neve Designs, established in 2004, continues to add to that legacy.
Born in Newton Abbot in the county of Devonshire in southwestern England, Mr. Neve’s early years were spent in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his father was an agent for the British and Foreign Bible Society. He began designing audio amplifiers and radio receivers from age 13, and, having returned to England in the late stages of WW II, volunteered to serve in His Majesty’s Royal Signals.
He founded the Neve Companies in 1961, designing and manufacturing custom equipment for the recording, TV, film and broadcast industries worldwide, including the now legendary Neve consoles and module designs. Mr. Neve subsequently founded Focusrite and continued to design and manufacture consoles and modules. Since 1989, working under the ARN Consultants LLC moniker, Mr. Rupert Neve has put his audio design talents to work as a consultant for a number of U.K. and U.S. manufacturers, including Amek, Legendary Audio Masterpiece Mastering, Summit Audio and Taylor Guitars.
The current Portico range of signal-processing modules manufactured by Rupert Neve Designs includes the 5012 mic preamp, 5032 mic pre/EQ, 5033 5-band EQ, 5042 “True Tape” emulation and line driver, and 5043 compressor/limiter.
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