Burnley firm's licence to thrill as Adele records new 007 soundtrack

AMS Neve founder Mark Crabtree at the mixing desk,

AMS Neve founder Mark Crabtree at the mixing desk,

First published in News

A BURNLEY firm’s technology which has ‘shaken and stirred’ the movie industry has proved James Bonds’ not so secret gadget in producing the sound for the next film.

With the UK awash with Bond fever as the iconic film franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary, AMS Neve Ltd, based on Billington Road, provided the technology that the soundtrack to Skyfall, which hits UK cinemas on October 26, was recorded on.

In addition, sound consoles manufactured in Burnley were also used to record singer Adele’s title track, also called Skyfall, which is currently at number four in the domestic Top 40 and riding high in charts across the world.

The song has been described as a “typical and classic Bond theme”, with Adele’s feted voice accompanied by dark horns overlaying rich strings.

The song was recorded at Abbey Road studios on Neve 88RS mixing consoles.

A spokesman for Neve said: “Console technology, rather like James Bond’s gadgets, has come a long way in the 50 years since Dr No launched the 007 franchise.

“Back in 1962 there was no automation, no stem mixing and no surround sound, yet today it’s unthinkable that you’d record a Bond theme without them.

“Getting the 007 sound requires something extra, something deeper in a console’s DNA.

“We’re saying listen again to Skyfall, it’s not just pure Bond, it’s also pure AMS Neve.”

Last month, the firm was hailed as a leading example of the UK’s creative industries when it joined a UK Trade and Investment mission hoping to boost trade with Brazil.

Other Oscar-nominated films their equipment was used on include Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Black Swan, The Iron Lady, Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy, War Horse, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Moneyball.

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3:07pm Fri 12 Oct 12

HecticBigBoy says...

Nice of Q to turn up for the photo!!
Nice of Q to turn up for the photo!! HecticBigBoy
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11:46am Mon 15 Oct 12

MVCsucks says...

Q? More like Dr No!
Q? More like Dr No! MVCsucks
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