New York, NY (July 29, 2016)—The big day is Sunday, but why wait? Pro Sound News wishes Rupert Neve a very happy 90th birthday. Born July 31, 1926 in Newton Abbot, England, Mr. Neve has been a mainstay of the recording industry for decades, creating classic consoles, preamps, EQs and more.
Neve first got interested in audio as a child while living in Argentina, fixing radios so that people could keep up with news of World War II. When he returned to the U.K. at 17, he built a mobile studio in the back of a retired US ambulance, using it to record events and choirs on 78 rpm lacquer disks.
By the 1960s, he had created new high-end transistor equipment to replace aging valve designs, which attracted the attention of Phillips Records. For his first client, he built a transistor-based mixing console with an equalizer; that in turn led to a career specializing in pro audio, where over the years, he’s either founded or worked with a slew of notable pro audio companies, including Neve, AMS Neve, Focusrite, Amek, Legendary Audio, Summit, sE Electronics, Yamaha Commercial Audio and more.
Among other achievements, Neve was the third person ever to be given a Lifetime Achievement Technical Grammy Award, and can be seen comically bewildering rockstar Dave Ghrol with tech talk in the 2013 documentary, Studio City.
In the meantime, not one to retire, Neve is still active, working on creating new products at Rupert Neve Designs.
Rupert Neve Designs