AMS Neve’s founder and managing director, Mark Crabtree, has beenhonored this month with a second Technical Oscar by the Academy ofMotion Picture Arts and Sciences, following one for the Digital FilmMixing Console in 2000. The award was presented by actress JenniferGarner at a lavish Scientific and Engineering Awards Ceremony at theRitz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., on February 14, 2004.
The 2004 Scientific and Engineering Award recognizes “thesignificant contribution the AMS AudioFile has made to the developmentand realization of digital audio workstations with full editingcapabilities for motion picture soundtracks.”
The AMS AudioFile hard disk-based audio editor launched in 1984. Asrecognized by the Academy, Crabtree was responsible for the inventionand establishment of many of the techniques now widely applied tosound-for-picture.
Upon receipt of the award, Crabtree said, “I’m delighted to havebrought these radical creative tools to the film-making process andthen to see them so widely adopted. It feels good every time I watch amovie and feel the immersion and the exhilaration that really greatsound can bring.”
Today, the AudioFile is used by many successful facilities includingCBS, HBO, Soundtrax and POP Sound in the U.S.; BBC, Grand CentralStudios, Pinewood Studios and Videosonics in the UK; Aquest in TheNetherlands; and France 3 in France.
In 2000, Crabtree and two other colleagues from AMS Neve wereawarded a Scientific and Engineering Award for the design anddevelopment of the AMS Neve DFC Digital Film Console for motion picturesound mixing.
AMS Neve’s other industry awards include a Technical Grammy and anEmmy Award for the AudioFile.