Burnley firm celebrates Oscars success

Managing Director of AMS Neve Mr Mark Crabtree with a sound console similar to the one they supplied for the film Avatar.''PHOTO: Ben Parsons - Burnley News Pics - 03/02/10
Managing Director of AMS Neve Mr Mark Crabtree with a sound console similar to the one they supplied for the film Avatar.''PHOTO: Ben Parsons - Burnley News Pics - 03/02/10

A BURNLEY business has swept the boards at the Oscars – by providing sound equipment for a host of top films.

Audio technology specialist AMS Neve has once again provided the best sound around for the multi-billion dollar industry.

Nearly all of this year’s Oscar nominees had their soundtrack mixed and/or music recorded on AMS Neve’s consoles, including Best Picture winner The Artist.

Other films to benefit from the Burnley technology included Hugo, The Iron Lady, Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy, War Horse, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The adventures of Tintin, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Sunday’s ceremony from Los Angeles was watched by a global television audience of more than 150 million people.

As with last year’s Oscars, the sound of the global film industry has had less to do with the Hollywood Hills and more to do with the advanced audio technology business with its Burnley headquarters at Billington Road.

AMS Neve has built a team of world-class analogue and digital designers, software specialists and audio purists who have pushed the boundaries of professional sound equipment in recent years.

Founder and managing director Mark Crabtree said: “The AMS Neve DFC Digital Film Console is a past recipient of its own Technical Oscar for its design and contribution to the art and science of motion picture sound mixing.

“We provided both digital and analogue consoles to create this year’s Oscar winners and nominees – horses for courses so to speak – analogue is considered better for orchestral scoring.

“All AMS Neve products are designed and manufactured entirely in Burnley, with 80% of these exported to more than 40 countries.

This is a great testament to Burnley’s tradition of engineering excellence.

“Burnley’s engineering, and high tech sector is punching above its weight.”