Burnley firm’s role in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II’

MAGICAL: Mark Crabtree, managing director of AMS Neve (S)
MAGICAL: Mark Crabtree, managing director of AMS Neve (S)

MOST fans agree that the latest and final Harry Potter blockbuster looked and sounded just magical – partly thanks to a Burnley company.

Professional audio equipment world leaders AMS Neve are celebrating box office success after their technology was used on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”.

The film had its score recorded at Abbey Road on a Neve 88RS analogue console by Peter Cobbin, and mixed on the DFC Gemini by Peter Cobbin and Sam Okell.

Mark Crabtree, managing director of AMS Neve, said: “The AMS Neve DFC Gemini console was chosen for its huge input capability and unmatched sound, which makes it the perfect solution to cope with such a demanding project.

“We were thrilled to be able to contribute towards such a phenomenal worldwide success as the Harry Potter series and we’re delighted with the finished product.”

Post-production was completed on the 1,000 signal path DFC Gemini by Mike Dowson, Stuart Hilliker and Adam Scrivener during an intensive six-week mixing process at De Lane Lea in London.

The final instalment in the record-breaking Harry Potter franchise made history with the biggest opening weekend ever, grossing around $476m. worldwide in its first two days, with ticket sales set to exceed £1bn.

AMS Neve consoles were used to produce 80% of this year’s Oscar-winning movies, including “The King’s Speech”, “Black Swan”, “The Social Network”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Toy Story 3” and “Inception”, and all of the 2011 BAFTA-winning films.

AMS Neve designs and manufactures all products at its Burnley base.