Fifteen Years of Rupert Neve Designs

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been fifteen years since Rupert Neve Designs was founded by Rupert, his wife Evelyn, and Josh Thomas.

In 2005, Rupert Neve Designs began with the original Portico modules, taking concepts he began with the original Neve Company, Focusrite, and AMEK, and combining them into a new line of outboard equipment that took Rupert’s vision of high-fidelity audio and adapted it for a more modular, modern workflow.

The Portico Series was followed by the 5088 console – the pinnacle of Rupert’s console design philosophies, and the only modern console with the same level of build quality as his legendary 80-Series consoles from the early 1970s. To this day, those desks are still regarded as perhaps the greatest vintage consoles ever built, and the 5088 is the only console currently in production that carries their design philosophies onwards without compromise. With higher voltage and lower noise than the beloved vintage desks, custom transformers on every single input and output, and a truly stunning amount of headroom, there is nothing else like it being made today.

And with users ranging from Alan Parsons to deadmau5, Historic RCA Studio B to Jack White, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to Willie Nelson’s Pedernales, the 5088 has firmly cemented its position as the console of choice for artists, engineers, studios and universities who require the best sound quality in the world.

Between 2009 and 2013, Rupert Neve Designs released a number of pieces now well-known around the world: the Portico II Channel & Master Buss Processor, the 5059 Satellite & 5060 Centerpiece, Rupert’s first authentic 500-Series modules, and more. All of these newer modules advanced the concept of the company’s SILK circuit, adding greater levels of sonic flexibility and dramatically enhancing the equipment’s versatility for any source.

Nearly every single one of these new units were honored with TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Awards – and to date, we are proud to say that Rupert Neve Designs has the highest ratio of TEC Awards (sixteen) to employees (twenty) of any company in the recording industry.

2013 added the Shelford Series to the product lineup, bringing even more tonal variety to Rupert Neve Designs’ equipment. The vintage-inspired 5051 Inductor EQ + Compressor, 5052 Mic Preamp + Inductor EQ, and flagship Shelford Channel take all the most desirable elements of the legendary 1073, 1064, 2254 and others, and combine them into far more flexible, versatile, and reliable tools for the modern engineer.

From 2014 to today, Rupert Neve Designs has also become a fixture of the high-end live sound market with products like the 5045 Primary Source Enhancer and the RMP-D8 Dante® connected mic preamp – the company’s first product with digital connectivity.

Today, our gear is seen on stages all over the world with artists including Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, and countless others.

And with the launch of the Fidelice® product family in 2019, the company now offers high-end playback equipment for home systems. This truly brings Rupert Neve’s design career full-circle, as one of his very first jobs was designing hi-fi equipment for a British amplifier & speaker manufacturer in the 1950s.

Thank you so much to all of our fans and friends for being a part of our first 15 years. Here’s to many more.