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Legendary Audio Equipment Inventor, Rupert Neve dies at 94

According to a statement posted on his official website, legendary audio engineer, recording equipment inventor, and entrepreneur Rupert Neve has died. Neve is renowned for his mixing consoles and preamplifiers that shaped the sound of recorded music in the 20th century. Representatives revealed that the cause of death was “non-Covid pneumonia and heart failure.” Rupert Neve was 94 years old.

Neve consoles have been used on many legendary records by iconic artists like Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tom Petty, among countless others. Through this, the Neve board has defined the sound of classic rock. Eventually becoming even more famous through Dave Grohl’s 2013 Sound City documentary, which highlighted the Neve 8028 console, used on the creation of Nirvana's Nevermind.

The Neve 1073 preamplifier is, next to that, also still regarded as one of the best sounding preamps of all time by many audio engineers. With the sound of the 1073 frequently emulated by hardware and software manufacturers alike.

Rupert Neve founded Neve Electronics in 1961 and quickly became legendary when he would design the first-ever commercial transistor-based mixing console three years later. The mixing board replaced the traditional vacuum-tube-based designs used up until that point for the iconic Phillips Studios in London.

Neve and his wife Evelyn eventually sold the Neve Companies in 1975, but the inventor would continue to work on designing new recording innovations through the rest of his life. He moved to Texas in 1994, he received a Lifetime Achievement Technical GRAMMY Award in 1997 and later established Rupert Neve Designs in 2005.


Source: Pitchfork