A pioneering audio equipment inventor whose Neve 8028 console was used by Elton and many other popular rockers in the seventies, has passed away.
Rupert Neve was 94 and suffered from pneumonia and heart failure.
Neve, who was born in England, worked for a number of electronics firms and manufacturers before founding his own company. He was also known for the Neve 1073 preamp, which offered control over microphone input--and remains popular today.
Julian Lennon was among those paying tribute, writing that music ''just wouldn't sound the way it does without your genius. You brought the magic!''
Joe Perry declared: ''His legend and genius lives on in uncountable recordings of music in every genre. Amazing how one man can touch so many lives in a good way and yet most people won't know who he is . . but we do!''
Joe Bonamassa wrote online: ''Anyone who has ever listened to or recorded music themselves owes this man a debt of gratitude. Your inventions have changed the world and rattled the walls.''
Rupert, who received a Lifetime Achievement Technical Grammy in 1997, is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Evelyn; five children; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.