History

For more than 50 years AMS Neve has represented the pinnacle of professional audio design and engineering. 1961 was a watershed year in technology. It was the year that a human being was first sent into space, and saw the launch of Telstar, the world's first communications satellite forerunner of the networks that cross the Earth today. It was also the year that British electronics designer Rupert Neve formed the company that still bears his name. From the very beginning, Neve Electronics specialized in the finest professional audio consoles and systems, utilizing Class A designs and high-quality components to produce equipment unmatched in performance in the industry at the time.

Following a move to the Cambridge area, in 1964 Neve designed and built the world's first commercial transistor-based mixing console for Philips Recording Studio in London. The Neve name was established and the company had soon produced several custom consoles for distinguished studio clients. Building on this success, the company moved into a purpose-built factory in Melbourn, near Cambridge, entering the broadcast field in 1968 producing the famous 2254 Comp/Limiter for ABC Weekend Television in the UK, followed by the world's first solid-state switching matrix the next year and making its products available in North America for the first time.


DNA of the World's Best Sound



1970 A LEDGEND IS BORN


The world's most desirable mic preamp, the 1073, is designed for the Wessex A88 console.



1970 BCM10/2


Neve releases the BCM10/2 fitted with 1066 mic preamps. Pete Townsend of The Who is one of the first customer - and he still uses it!



1974 THE FIRST NEVE 8048


The Neve 8048 with 32 channels of 1081’s is exhibited at AES in Denmark and destined for Studio Clarens in Paris.



1976 QUEEN'S MOUNTAIN RECORDING STUDIOS


David Bowie records Heroes on the Neve 8048 desk at Queen’s Mountain Recording Studio. The console is used by a vast number of high profile artists including Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and Deep Purple.



1976 8058/8068


Neve build the first "in-line monitor" consoles - 8058/8068. The first UK installation is at Thames Televsion.



1978 THE 8078 CONSOLE IS PRODUCED


One of the earliest is installed at EMI electrola GmbH. “80-series” consoles continue their march to legendary status.



1978 AIR MONTSERRAT


AIR Montserrat console (A4792) built and installed in to Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios, on the island of Montserrat. In 1983, The Police record ‘Synchronicity’ on the iconic console.



1978 8108 IS LAUNCHED


Following on from the AIR Montserrat console.



1985 NEVE RELEASES THE V SERIES CONSOLE


The first is installed at Yellow 2 studios, Stockport. The second is installed at London’s AIR studios.



1987 V3


The successor to the V1, the V3 is released<



1988 NEVE INTRODUCES THE VR CONSOLE


Full console software Recall of settings is added to the mix.



1989 VRP


A post-production specific version is released – The Neve VRP.



1991 VR LEGEND


Further sonic improvements are added to the class leading V-Series including oxygen-free signal cabling.



1997 NEVE INTRODUCES THE VX/VXS CONSOLE


The first delivery is Right Track, New York in 96 channel configuration.



2001 88R


AMS Neve releases the ultimate analogue recording console, the Neve 88R, to worldwide acclaim.



2004 88RS SP2


Following the success of the scoring version of the 88R, the hugely powerful SP2 scoring panel is added – designed in conjunction with the world’s leading scoring mixers. The SP2 boasts an incredible 132 busses and is found on all the world’s leading scoring stages.



2004 88RS SP2


Neve 88RS SP2 console is installed in the Barbra Streisand Stage at Sony Studios.



2005 NEVE OUTBOARD 


A new range of Outboard, the 88-series is launched, alongside the existing Classic modules



2007 NEVE INTRODUCES GENESYS 


Legendary Neve analogue signal path, with full digital control and digital connectivity, powerful workflow features and easy upgrade and expansion.



2015 THE BCM10/2 MK2


The BCM10/2 Mk2 is announced at AES New York, 2015. With all the revered design, genuine Neve modules and sound, yet with additional convenience features for modern day recording.

 

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