Recognized as the developer of the modern mixing console, Rupert’s handiwork is found in thousands of studios around the world.
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.
Mix Magazine Hall of Fame
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.
“Man of the Century” – Studio 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 Audio Century: Top Ten Audio Personalities of the 20th Century
- Rupert Neve – Champion of Audio Quality
- Ray Dolby – Household Name
- Sir George Martin – People’s Producer
- Willi Studer – Tape Machine Pioneer
- Colin Saunders – Founder of SSL
- Alan Blumlein – Inventor
- Georg Neumann – Microphone Designer
- Michael Gerzon – Mathematician
- Valdemar Poulsen – Inventor
- Les Paul – Guitars and Multitracks
AES Fellowship Award
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.
Seven TEC Awards
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.
Portico 5042 “True Tape” Emulator
(2006 winner, Signal Processing Technology / Hardware)
5088 Discrete Analogue Mixer
(2008 winner, Large Format Console Technology)
Portico 5015 Mic Pre / Compressor
(2008 winner, Microphone Preamplifier Technology)
Portico 5017 Mobile MicPre/DI/Comp
(2010 winner, Microphone Preamplifier Technology)
Portico 517 500-series Micpre/DI/Comp
(2011 winner, Microphone Preamplifier Technology)
Portico II Master Buss Processor
(2012 winner, Signal Processing Technology / Hardware)
5059 Satellite 16×2+2 Summing Mixer
(2012 winner, Small Format Console Technology)
Mix Certified Hit
Rupert Neve Designs received the Mix Certified Hit Award in 2006 for the 5088 Console and the Portico Range.
Future Music Platinum Award
Rupert Neve Designs received the Future Music Platinum Award for the Portico Range.
PAR Excellence Awards
Rupert Neve Designs has won four PAR Excellence Awards.