During this period Rupert introduced "Moving Fader Automation". The idea of storing and recalling fader positions had been introduced by a Canadian Company using two tracks of a multi-track tape machine and VCA’s (Voltage Controlled Attenuators); however, their long-promised console never appeared. Rupert questioned many of the world’s leading studio owners and engineers about their "dream" wish list, from which evolved the concept of NECAM: the world’s first moving fader system.
By 1976, a Neve 16/4 console had been equipped with machine control and George Martin was invited to try out the new system at the Neve Company studio. He spent a day remixing masters, at the end of which his comment was, "How soon can I have one?"
8078: 40-Channel 24-Group 32-Track Recording and Mixdown Console
One of the 3 famous consoles designed for AIR Studios 1978, now in Bryan Adams’ studio, Vancouver
2254E Limiter Compressor
Standard & Custom Consoles
Neve "S" Series
Neve 5302 Melbourne: 12-Channel 2-Group Multi-Purpose Sound Mixing Console
Multi-track Music Recording Consoles
Recorded Sound Console
The Smoke Factory
1975 brought a new phase. Needing new capital to fund the rapid expansion, the Neve Companies were sold to a small public British company. Rupert and Evelyn entered into a non-competition agreement for 10 years. They set up ARN Consultants that they still operate, dealing in sound reinforcement and acoustics in difficult buildings such as churches and cathedrals and environmental control systems.
Rupert had time to develop techniques and equipment for low-budget studios around the world. He initiated the Cambridge Radio Course: a four-week, residential, hands-on experience designed for Christian workers who were motivated to use the medium of Radio to educate, inform and entertain their communities. During the 70’s and 80’s several hundred men and women from around the world attended the courses where professionals from commercial state-owned broadcasting organizations, lectured, tutored and counseled a rich spectrum of dedicated Christian workers.
Cambridge Radio Course: Editing, Recording, Script Writing, and Self-Op Studio.