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AMS-Neve is a manufacturer of music recording and broadcast consoles and hardware. It was originally founded as Neve Electronics in 1961 by Rupert Neve, the man credited with creating the modern mixing console. Today the company is located in Burnley, England.
Neve products are in use in many notable installations, including Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Sound.
HistorySince its founding in 1961, the Neve brand has been owned by a number of different organizations. In February 1973, Bonochord Group of companies acquired the Neve group of companies, with Robin Rigby as chairman of the Bonochord group, and Paul Bircher as the new Neve managing director. Rupert Neve was retained as a consultant.
In 1985, Neve was taken over by the Siemens AG Group of companies. In 1991, Siemens merged Neve with another British audio manufacturer, Advanced Music Systems. The company continued under the name of AMS Neve, but some of the analogue products - the 88RS for example - carried the Neve brand. In 2005, AMS Neve was acquired by the SAE Group.
- 1961: Company based at Harlow.
- 1964: Moved to the Priesthaus in Little Shelford.
- 1966: The Neve Group of Companies formed 1st December 1966 to take over business run privately by Rupert Neve.'''
- 1966: Consoles made for the TV Centre, Madrid.
- 1969: First broadcast consoles for Associated British CorporationTV and Granada TV.
- 1969: First consoles to the USA: Sound Studios, Chicago and Vanguard studios in New York. First 16 track consoles.
- 1970: First console to AIR Studios, first desk for BBC TV Lime Grove Studios, a standard 8008 24/8 costing £15,000.
- 1970: Rupert Neve Incorporated (USA) formed April 1970.
- 1970: Rupert Neve Canada formed (sales company) 10th September 1970
- 1973: February 1973, Bonochord Group of companies acquire the Neve group of companies with Robin Rigby as chairman of the Bonochord group and Paul Bircher as the new Neve managing director. Rupert Neve retained as a consultant.'''
- 1975: Rupert Neve leaves the company under contract to not produce a similar product for ten years (i.e. Focusrite 1985).
- 1977: 8058 and 8068 Mark 1, 5312, 5315
- 1978: Rupert Neve and Company Ltd becomes Neve Electronics International on April 1st 1978.
- 1978: Neve digital design department formed.
- 1985: Neve taken over by the FAF group Group of companies end 1985.
- 1992: Company is amalgamated with AMS in Burnley with remaining staff either moving to Burnley or the London Sales Office. Company now called AMS Neve.'''
- 2005: AMS Neve acquired by SAE Institute
- 1961: First tube/valve based music console made for Recorded Sound.
- 1964: The first transistor console made for Philips Classic Recording Studios, London
- 1970: Wessex A88, the first 24 track console and featuring the 1073 channel amplifier.
- 1970: BCM10
- 1971: 8014 (derived from the S16/4)
- 1971: 8016 (derived from the S24/8) and subsequent 8016A development.
- 1971: PSM8/2
- 1972: 8028 24/16/24 console produced. A599 Decca Paris custom console is the first to use 1081 channel amplifiers and becomes the basis for the 8038.
- 1972: 8026 mark 1 & 2 derived from the 8016 (24/8/16) and using 1073 channel amplifiers evolve into the 8036 using either the 1064 or 1081 channel amplifiers.
- 1973: 5301
- 1973: 8038 24/16/24 and 8048 32 or 24/16/ 24 or 32 monitor consoles released
- 1974: First consoles with digitally controlled audio routing, with memory, supplied to South African Broadcasting Corporation.
- 1974: 8024, 8034, and 5302 ‘Melbourn’ console
- 1975: Necam launched and the first system installed at AIR studios.
- 1977: The Who's Ramport Studio 40 channel 24 track console installed with leather buffer and rosewood cladding
- 1978: 5316, 8066, 8058 and 8068 Mark 2, and Neve 8078
- 1978: July 1978, the 8108, with assignable controls with four memories, (N78) revealed.
- 1980: Neve DSP (first large format digital console)
- 1982: 51 Series Broadcast Console (NNS = New Neve System)
- 1984: First commercial Digital Console built for Tape One studios.
- 1985: Necam 96 launched Spring 1985.
- 1985: Neve digital console installed at CTS studios Dec 27th 1985.
- 1986: Spring 1986, official launch of the V series 48 bus console.
- 1989: 66 series Broadcast Console
- 1989: VR Series console introduced
- 1991: V Legend console introduced
- 1992: Capricorn launched, first large-format digital multitrack music console
- 1997: Libra and Libra Live digital product introduced (AMS design team)
- 1999: 88RS