Best of British: Hackenbacker and Downton secure Emmy Nomination with Neve

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Best of British: Hackenbacker and Downton secure Emmy Nomination with Neve

Good to see another great British brand story continuing its success overseas. London's Hackenbacker Studios has been nominated for its work on 'Downton Abbey' at the 67th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The nomination is the studio’s third for Downton, with re-recording Mixers Nigel Heath and Kiran Marshal using AMS Neve’s MMC post production system to mix the show.

Earlier on this year AMS Neve consoles enjoyed notable success at the Oscars, with nearly all of the 2015 nominees having their soundtracks mixed or recorded on AMS Neve DFC and Neve 88RS consoles.

The British firm’s consoles contributed to successes in two of three film sound related categories and perhaps most notably, every film which was nominated in the ‘Music - Original Score’ category. Among the winners were The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything, American Sniper, The Imitation Game and Interstellar.

As the Financial Times noted in February, AMS was at the forefront of sampling, introducing equipment that enabled the recording and replaying of clips. If you’ve ever heard Paul Hardcastle’s “N-n-n-” in “19” or the drum reverb in Phil Collins’s “In the Air Tonight” then you’re already acquainted.

Whether that ruined music or enhanced it is a source of debate,” said founder, Mark Crabtree.

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