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.
Since its inception, Rupert Neve Designs has been honored with thirteen TEC Awards, which honor technical excellence & creativity in the music recording industry.
"The NAMM TEC Awards celebrates the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media. In addition to acknowledging the companies pushing the boundaries of sound, they also honor the creators behind these game-changing products, and celebrate the musical powerhouses who bring them to life."
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.
On February 16th 2017, Rupert Neve was awarded the Music Producer’s Guild ‘Special Recognition Award’, presented to him by Producer / Engineer Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne). From Producer and MPG Awards Managing Director Tony Platt:
“Most producers and engineers, both old and new, will have forged a ‘special relationship’ with some incarnation of a Rupert Neve console, channel, compressor etc. at some point in their careers, and so the MPG were delighted to present the Special Recognition Award 2017 to him. The mark of the best audio production tools is their ability to inspire creativity as well as delivering the highest quality and indeed Rupert continues to design tools that do exactly that – and what’s more he does it with flair and style.”