Burnley firm to celebrate Oscar success

Mark Crabtree, co-founder of AMS

Mark Crabtree, co-founder of AMS

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

A BURNLEY firm is again set to celebrate success at the Oscars after providing sound equipment for most of the year’s biggest films.

Nearly all of the films nominated for the 2014 awards had their soundtrack mixed or recorded on AMS Neve’s high-tech equipment, including Gravity, Captain Phillips, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Philomena. The Billington Road company’s mixing desks and amps were used on 17 of last year’s winning pictures, while Mark Crabtree was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

One of the firm’s main products, the DFC Film console, is a past recipient of its own technical Oscar, for its design and contribution to the art and science of motion picture sound mixing.

All the AMS products are designed and manufactured in Burnley, and 80 per cent of these are exported to more than 40 countries.

David Walton, global distribution manager, said: “We’ve been involved in many of the films again this year.

“We are extremely proud to continue to contribute to global entertainment and particularly to the success of the Academy Award nominees.”AMS, which stands for Advanced Music Systems, was formed by Mark Crabtree and Stuart Nevison in 1976 and was run from a small property in Worsthorne.

In the late 70s it was the first company to release a digital audio processor that drastically changed the recording industry.

In 1992, AMS and Cambridge-based Neve merged together, and the company has been located in Billington Road since 1986.

Its big break in the film industry came when the soundtrack to Titanic was mixed on AMS Neve equipment, in the first digitally recorded sound- track.

The movie, directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslett, was a blockbusting Oscar-laden success.

The Oscar winners will be announced on March 2.

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