Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the AMS Neve factory in Burnley with a group of 13 SSR students, taking a guided tour around the factory floor before heading upstairs to view the company's Art of Sound
The UK-based company’s products - from giant film consoles to plug-in modules - have been behind the sound of many of the most popular records, film and television soundtracks for more than four decades. It’s won two Oscars, a Grammy and an Emmy in its own right for engineering excellence.
The visit was arranged as part of AMS Neve's educational partnership programme
, which along with field trips such as this also includes exclusive student discounts, equipment donations and masterclass workshops.
Upon arrival our students were shown around the factory's assembly line by Distribution Manager David Walton, taking a look at a wide range of Neve consoles and equipment in various stages of production and meeting some of the technical staff who make and assemble the products. Being able to take a look at how the products are put together, from bare console chassis to finished articles and everything in between, was a real eye opener for our students and it was fascinating to see the various processes involved.
Following the factory tour, we headed upstairs to take a look around the AMS Neve Art Of Sound
exhibition, which details the company's history through a series of graphical displays, vintage and modern equipment, memorabilia and even operational demonstration units that our students were able to test out for themselves.
Also in attendance on the day were a news team from ITV, who were there produce a report on the company and the exhibition for that evening's Granada Reports programme. A number of our students were actually interviewed by the crew and featured in the evening broadcast, sharing their thoughts on the exhibition and how Neve's educational partnership programme is proving to be of real benefit to their studies here at SSR.
During the exhibition, our students were also able to talk to AMS founder Mark Crabtree and esteemed record producer Steve Levine; both of whom were more than happy to talk about their careers and experiences of both using, and helping to develop, the Neve product range.
The whole trip proved to be a great day out and we would like to pay a special thank you to Elizabeth Wilkinson, David Walton, Mark Crabtree and everyone at AMS Neve for accommodating us and being so friendly and welcoming. We're currently arranging another visit that will enable more of our students to attend and we can't wait to go back!The Art of Sound Exhibition is free and open to all, and we can highly recommend making a visit. Please visit the AMS Neve website and get in contact to check suitable times and dates.
For more pictures from the visit, check out our Media Gallery.