Rupert Neve was a British electronics engineer and entrepreneur, recognized in particular as a pioneer in professional audio recording equipment design. He was born on 31 July 1926 in Newton Abbot, England.
Neve died in Wimberley, Texas, U.S., due to pneumonia and heart failure on 12 February 2021.
Neve worked for Rediffusion in the 1950s, mainly a forerunner to early cable television networks. Neve left the business and founded CQ Audio, a company that specializes in the development of hi-fi speaker systems.
For a composer called Desmond Leslie, from Castle Leslie, Ireland, where the original desk is still located, he designed and installed a mixing console in the early 1960s. He founded Neve Electronics in 1961.
64 reminders of Rupert Neve every time I walk into the studio.
In 1975, Neve and his wife Evelyn sold the Neve Companies, but the inventor would continue to work for the rest of his life to design new recording technologies. In 1994, he moved to Texas and later created Rupert Neve Designs in 2005. In 1997, he won a Lifetime Achievement Technical GRAMMYAward.
In 2008, the Neve buildings in Melbourn were demolished by Camstead Homes to make way for a housing development. The completed production, originally marketed under the name Foxfield’s, was called Rupert Neve Close.
According to a statement posted on his official website, the legendary audio engineer, recording equipment inventor, and entrepreneur Rupert Neve have died. A representative-shared obituary indicates that “non-Covid pneumonia and heart failure” is the cause of death.
RIP Rupert Neve. Audio legend. I’ve utilized Neve 1073 mic pres and EQs on every recording session the past 20 years. Stalked him several times at NAMM too. Super sweet man in person. GOAT. pic.twitter.com/8DNjJwiz6r