Oscar winning Burnley businessman Mark Crabtree has received his OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
And the man who is responsible for changing the sound of music, television and film around the world, chatred to HRH about Burnley, a town that the Prince has taken to his heart and visited several times.
The OBE was announced in the New Year’s Honours List and Mr Crabtree was inLondon with wife Ann, a JP, son Joseph, a drummer with Wishbone Ash and daughter Anna, a primary school teacher.
Mr Crabtree is founder and managing director of sound engineering company AMS Neve, whose products are used in recording studios across the globe. In recent years the vast majority of Oscar-winning films have been recorded and/or mixed using products he created, transforming the sound of film and resulting in him receiving a second personal Oscar in 2000.
When first told he was to receive the OBE he said: “It is a really heart-warming feeling to realise that your home country has decided that you are doing something really worthwhile and worthy of respect. I feel very privileged and grateful to be honoured.”
He established Advanced Music Systems in 1976 when early customers included Paul McCartney, EMI and Strawberry Studios. He then went on to design the world’s first microprocessor controlled effects units.
A member of Burnley Bondholder Scheme, he has been at the forefront of efforts to put Burnley on the map and was one of those instrumental in it being named the Most Enterprising Town in the country last year.