Tributes paid to recording innovator Rupert Neve, who has died aged 94

His consoles and preamps shaped the sound of recordings across the 20th century.

Rupert Neve

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Pioneering audio equipment inventor Rupert Neve has died at the age of 94. His mixing consoles and preamps shaped the sound of recorded music across the 20th century.

Neve’s mixing boards were a huge part of the sound of classic rock in the 1970s. His Neve 8028 was used on records by Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tom Petty and many more.

His death was confirmed in a statement posted to his website, which stated that “At 94, Rupert remained engaged and passionate about his work, spending most days on a perpetual series of audio electronics projects and continuing to mentor our engineering team on numerous design and development projects.”

The statement also notes his cause of death as “non-Covid pneumonia and heart failure.”

Since the news of his death broke, figures from around the world of music have paid their respects to Neve, including Joe Bonamassa, Joe Perry, Julian Lennon and more.

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