For more than 50 years AMS Neve has represented the pinnacle of professional audio design and engineering. 1961 was a watershed year in technology. It was the year that a human being was first sent into space, and saw the launch of Telstar, the world's first communications satellite forerunner of the networks that cross the Earth today. It was also the year that British electronics designer Rupert Neve formed the company that still bears his name. From the very beginning, Neve Electronics specialized in the finest professional audio consoles and systems, utilizing Class A designs and high-quality components to produce equipment unmatched in performance in the industry at the time.
Following a move to the Cambridge area, in 1964 Neve designed and built the world's first commercial transistor-based mixing console for Philips Recording Studio in London. The Neve name was established and the company had soon produced several custom consoles for distinguished studio clients. Building on this success, the company moved into a purpose-built factory in Melbourn, near Cambridge, entering the broadcast field in 1968 producing the famous 2254 Comp/Limiter for ABC Weekend Television in the UK, followed by the world's first solid-state switching matrix the next year and making its products available in North America for the first time.