Recognized as the developer of the modern mixing console, Rupert’s handiwork is found in thousands of studios around the world. Because of these efforts, he has been the recipient of a number of accolades over the years.
In 1997, Rupert became one of a very few personal recipients of a Technical Grammy award. In awarding his Grammy, the Recording Academy acknowledged Rupert’s profound impact on the industry:
“For setting the standard for quality sound reproduction through his engineering and his innovative designs, which have made possible unparalleled advances in the quality of recorded sound; in recognition of his influence on a generation of audio designers; and for his dedication to purity of audio reproduction.”
The morning following the amazing Grammy Awards ceremony in February 1997, Rupert and Evelyn Neve hired a stretch limo to take them to the airport. After all, for that day at least, Rupert was a star. Carrying the coveted Grammy Trophy in its distinctive blue Tiffany bag, they headed for security.
“What is this?” the security guard asked, puzzled by the strange image on her screen. “It’s our Grammy,” Rupert replied. The girl looked startled and in hushed tones said, “I’m so sorry sir. You’ll have to check this. We can’t carry ashes in the cabin.”
“No, no, no,” Rupert explained. “My Grammy – not Granny. Have a look if you like.” She opened it up and for a moment security at the airport came to a standstill as girls screamed and all gazed in awe at the beautiful replica gramophone. It was almost the best moment of the whole proceeding.
In 1989, Rupert was inducted into the Mix Magazine Tech Awards Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifetime contribution to excellence in recording and sound.
1999: At the turn of the century, Studio Sound magazine conducted a survey inviting readers to vote for the Top Ten personalities of the industry in various disciplines. The first was Audio Personality.
It is Rupert’s prized honor to have been selected by his peers in the Pro Audio business as number one Audio Personality of the 20th Century.
The Fellowship Award Reads:
“The Audio Engineering Society, Inc. Presents the Fellowship Award to Rupert Neve
In recognition of your enormous contributions to analogue audio designs and mixing consoles – a career that spans over 60 years and has influenced generations of audio designers” October 5th, 2006.
Rupert Neve Designs has been honored with seven TEC Award nominations since its inception in 2005, with all seven nominated products going on to win in their respective categories.
Rupert Neve Designs received the Mix Certified Hit Award for the 5088 Console and the Portico Range.
Rupert Neve Designs received the Future Music Platinum Award for the Portico Range.
Rupert Neve Designs has won seven PAR Excellence Awards.