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Rupert Neve, Master Audio Engineer


By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis –

If you've listened to the soundtrack of Fiddler on the Roof, or if Pink Floyd is more to your taste, you've heard the work of Rupert Neve.

In the 1950s and 60s, he developed the modern audio console. That's what recording engineers use to mix together sounds from dozens of microphones and instruments.

Studios around the world use Neve consoles, including EMI's famous Abbey Road facility in London. In 1997 Neve received a technical Grammy Award for his work.

Rupert Neve visited St. Louis recently to give a talk at Webster University. Neve told KWMU's Matt Sepic he got his start with a small recording business as a young man in England.

In this extended version of the interview Neve talks about his childhood in Argentina as the son of missionaries, setting up a public address system for Winston Churchill and the future of audio technology.