Rupert Neve, Revered Innovator of Audio Products, Passes Away at 94

Rupert Neve, an icon amongst the professional audio community for his boundless contributions to the industry, passed away peacefully on February 12th, 2021 at the age of 94. A statement on Neve’s website assures that Neve “remained in great spirits to the end, enjoying his life in Wimberly, TX where he and his wife Evelyn have lived for 27 years.”

A lover of electronics, music, and the intersections between them, Neve founded multiple companies during the course of his 80 year career including the original Neve Electronics, as well as Focusrite and Rupert Neve Designs, among others, alongside his wife Evelyn.

Neve and his designs are responsible for shaping the sound of recorded music as we know it today, having made such groundbreaking innovations as the large-format mixing console and 500 series hardware module; additionally, his preamplifiers, equalizers, and other hardware designs are the most sought-after in the industry, and have been since 1961.

Throughout his career, Neve was universally recognized for his contributions to pro audio, earning a multitude of distinctions including a Technical Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 1997, Studio Sound Magazine’s Audio Person of the Century Award in 1999, an Audio Engineering Society Fellowship Award in 2006, and 16 TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Awards with Rupert Neve Designs.

Neve is survived by Evelyn, his wife of nearly 70 years; five children, Mary, David, John, Stephen, and Ann; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

His unmeasurable impact on professional audio, generations of engineers and musicians, and millions of listeners of recorded music demonstrates a legendary legacy that rings louder than most.

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Andrew Leyenhorst is the Assistant Editor for Professional Sound and Professional Lighting & Production, and related online channels.
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