AMS Neve Founder Crabtree Wins Second Academy Award

Mar 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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AMS Neve's founder and managing director, Mark Crabtree, has been honored this month with a second Technical Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, following one for the Digital Film Mixing Console in 2000. The award was presented by actress Jennifer Garner at a lavish Scientific and Engineering Awards Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., on February 14, 2004.

The 2004 Scientific and Engineering Award recognizes "the significant contribution the AMS AudioFile has made to the development and realization of digital audio workstations with full editing capabilities for motion picture soundtracks."

The AMS AudioFile hard disk-based audio editor launched in 1984. As recognized by the Academy, Crabtree was responsible for the invention and establishment of many of the techniques now widely applied to sound-for-picture.

Upon receipt of the award, Crabtree said, "I'm delighted to have brought these radical creative tools to the film-making process and then to see them so widely adopted. It feels good every time I watch a movie and feel the immersion and the exhilaration that really great sound can bring."

Today, the AudioFile is used by many successful facilities including CBS, HBO, Soundtrax and POP Sound in the U.S.; BBC, Grand Central Studios, Pinewood Studios and Videosonics in the UK; Aquest in The Netherlands; and France 3 in France.

In 2000, Crabtree and two other colleagues from AMS Neve were awarded a Scientific and Engineering Award for the design and development of the AMS Neve DFC Digital Film Console for motion picture sound mixing.

AMS Neve's other industry awards include a Technical Grammy and an Emmy Award for the AudioFile.

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