Variety Magazine emphasizes that he is known to this day as “the man who made the sound mixer”. The emblematic sound engineer Rupert Neve, who was responsible for the great technological advances in the music industry in the 1960s and 1970s, died this Friday in Texas, USA, aged 94, of complications from heart failure and pneumonia, its representatives have said not caused by covid-19.
Rupert Neve was born in the market town of Newton Abbot in England in 1926 and spent much of his childhood in Argentina, where he quickly acquired the hobby of rebuilding and repairing old or damaged radios. In 1961 the British founded Neve Electronics with his wife Evelyn; Three years later he created the first transistor-based device, which over time would make the design of the tube circuits previously used superfluous.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Rupert developed the Neve 50 and Neve 80 mixers, the Neve 8028 analog sound mixer, located in the Sound City studio in Los Angeles, and the Neve 1073 preamplifier, which was used to shape the sound of the microphones used Admission. Neve 8028 has been used in the work of bands like The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Grateful Dead, and guitarists Tom Petty and Santana – and the impact of this important sound mixer is recognized and celebrated in the documentary Sound City (directed : Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters), including a long interview with the sound engineer.
Rupert sold Neve Electronics in 1975 but remained connected to the music industry. In 1997 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Technical Grammy and in 2005 he created Rupert Neve Designs, again with Evelyn at his side. Josh Thomas, co-founder and current CEO of the company, honored the late pioneer in an official statement. “For 16 years he gave everything to form a team capable of preserving the theories, practices and ideologies underlying Rupert Neve’s design,” he wrote. “The world definitely sounds better because he came over.”