sE Rupert Neve Microphones
Rupert Neve and sE Electronics
Rupert Neve of Rupert Neve Designs: "Recent developments in the way that humans perceive sound are demanding significant advances both in performance and the philosophy of audio processing. That which was ‘good enough’ for light-hearted amusement fails to satisfy the thoughtful listener.”
Siwei Zou of sE Electronics: “I have, for many years, admired the work of Mr Neve, and now that we are working together I am able to realise a quality level in microphone technology that no other manufacturer to date has managed to achieve."
Siwei Zou of sE Electronics: "The excellence we have worked so hard to achieve in the production, design and capsule technology at sE, coupled with the best transformers this product area has ever seen, plus new cutting edge circuit board design means we are now able to produce high end mics, at a fraction of the cost of other high end brand models, but which have a sound and performance quality the likes of which this market has never seen before.This is a truly exciting time for sE and me personally.”
Rupert Neve of Rupert Neve Designs: “I have worked for some time on the designs for a new range of microphones – the concepts of which are actually already being implemented in our own Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console – namely utilising Discrete Single-Sided Circuits and my custom designed transformers. This new approach to analogue sound processing needs extreme care in its manufacture and meticulous alignment of the embedded discrete opamps and the delicate microphone elements.”
James Ishmaev-Young of sE Electronics: “It’s a huge honour for us that Rupert even considered us among the big players as a company he might like to work with. In the end there was no way we could ever compete with the kind of money that a large corporation could throw around to secure a deal, so it’s a testament to Mr Neve’s principles and dedication to his art that he chose to work with the company that he thought would build the best product, plain and simple.”
Josh Thomas of Rupert Neve Designs: “We are extremely pleased to be working so closely with sE Electronics. Rupert has been studying the mic market for some years with the intention of working on a project like this. After putting a number of big brand names, and countless mics, through rigorous testing, and looking at the manufacturing techniques, build quality, and work ethic of these companies, it quickly became clear that the partnership with sE would be extremely interesting from both a design standpoint and for the market.”
“Where most manufacturers we looked into seem to be cutting corners in manufacturing, packaging etc, or subcontracting to OEM to save money, and blindly copy what has been done before, sE have consistently shown us a complete commitment to pushing the design envelope with hand crafted quality in all their products, and continual efforts to improve every detail possible in their product. sE’s ethos is less about making as much profit as possible, and more about making the best product they can, and frankly, that is precisely what Mr Neve is all about.”
Mr Rupert Neve shares an outline of his remarkable life, career, honours, and some personal stories here including many photos of vintage equipment, much of which is still in use today by the most discriminating professionals in the pro audio, film industry, and broadcast industries.