Sound Fellowship Hall of Fame: 2012

John Borwick
Audio journalist, Editor of Sound Recording Practice, founder of Surrey University's Tonmeister course

David Gilmour
Pink Floyd guitarist, vocalist and writer, owner of Astoria Studio

Bruce Swedien
Engineer and mixer for Michael Jackson and many many more

Pete Townshend
Rock guitarist and songwriter with The Who, author, founder of HEAR

Maggie Rodford
Film soundtrack producer, owner of Air Edel, multi- award winner

Eddie Veale
Leading UK studio designer, acoustician, passionate educator

Sound Fellowship Hall of Fame: 2011

Joe Boyd
Legendary world music/folk producer
Clive Green
nnovative console designer
Rupert Hine
Producer, Composer and Mentor
Bob Ludwig
Master mastering engineer
Jimmy Page
Unrivalled guitarist and producer

Chris Thomas
Producer and secret keyboardist

Sound Fellowship Hall of Fame: 2010

Sir Paul McCartney
British musician, singer-songwriter, composer and creative studio innovator.

Quincy Jones
US multi-Grammy Award winning record producer, musical arranger, film composer, TV producer and trumpeter

Mark Knopfler
British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer, film score composer and owner of British Grove Studios

Ken Scott
British record producer and recording engineer. Currently pioneering a new wave of music technology software

Hugh Padgham
British record producer, engineer and developer of the ‘gated drum’ sound.

Colin Sanders CBE
Founder of Solid State Logic, one of the world’s leading developers of audio mixing consoles. Died in a helicopter accident in 1998

Sound Fellowship Hall of Fame: 2009

  Bob Clearmountain
Recording and mixing engineer
  Steve Lillywhite
Record Producer
  Phil Dudderidge
  Peter Gabriel
Singer, record producer and founder of Real World Records
  Trevor Horn
Record producer
  Robin Millar
Record producer

Sound Fellowship Hall of Fame: 2008

George Massenburg
An engineer, producer and equipment designer now based in Nashville whose discography includes over 200 albums by artists including James Taylor, Billy Joel, Dixie Chicks, Journey, Madeleine Peyroux, Little Feat, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Kenny Loggins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt, Earth, Wind & Fire and many more.  George also has a worldwide reputation in studio design and acoustic control responsible for The Complex in Los Angeles, the Site in Marin County and the Skywalker Ranch near San Francisco.

Geoff Emerick
Another innovative and inspired recording engineer, Geoff was originally crafted in the EMI mould first finding himself on their engineering career path in 1962 – a date that coincided with the Beatles first recordings, although Geoff didn’t take the ‘balancing engineer’s’ seat until 1966 when he took over from Norman Smith.  Geoff continued to work with Sir George throughout the recording of Revolver, Sgt Pepper, The White Album and Abbey Road.

Geoff is renowned for bringing an adventurous and experimental attitude to his work some thing he has continued as a producer working with Elvis Costello, Art Garfunkel, Cheap Trick and many more.

Ray Dolby, OBE (hon)
Possibly the most well-known name in theatre and consumer sound, Ray Dolby’s invention of Noise Reduction revolutionised the sound of films and of domestic tape playback systems since 1965.  Born in Portland, Oregon, he worked for Ampex tape where in 1949 he co-invented their first audio tape recorder. In the mid 1950s he studied electrical engineering at Stanford University and later received a PhD in Physics at Cambridge University.  He set up Dolby Labs in the UK in 1965 and officially invented the ‘Dolby Sound System’ in that year.  The Dolby brand has continued to lead the world in cinema sound and has made Dolby labs one of the most consistently successful audio companies in the world.

Rupert Neve
Often credited as the man who made the recording console, Rupert Neve began his professional audio experiences by repairing and building radios in Argentina during the war (WWII).  Moving to the UK in the 1950s, he worked for Rediffusion, a loudspeaker manufacturer at the time.  In the 60’s he built a mixing console for Phillips Records which included the innovation of ‘equalisation’ and as demand for consoles increased found himself at the fore-front of design and manufacture of the key tool in our production armoury, the mixing desk. 

Neve became a global brand leader rivaling SSL for the market leader limelight.  In later years, Rupert has continued to apply his design skills to many high-end audio products including those marketed by Focusrite, Amek, Taylor Guitars and he still bringing out new console models such as the recent 5088 console produced for Rupert Neve Designs.

Rupert Neve was unable to attend the presentation, but sent the following message:
“I am deeply honoured by the award of a Fellowship of the APRS. This is all the more welcome because it represents recognition by friends and colleagues in the U.K. It is said that a prophet is not without honour except in his own country.  Since moving to live in the U.S. I have been in danger of losing my most valued and original contacts. This Sound Fellowship of the APRS re-assures me that I am not forgotten.”

Mickie Most
Mickie Most was one of the most successful pop music producers from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s with the ability to produce hits by matching the right song with the right singer.  Mickie enjoyed his own recording career in the UK and South Africa before returning to the UK in the early 1960s where he moved into producing pop records.  His first big find were the Animals, taking The House of the Rising Sun to the top of the UK and US charts in 1964 and winning a Grammy.  He went on to create the careers of Lulu, Donovan, the Animals and, his biggest success, Herman’s Hermits. In 1969, he created RAK Records, RAK Music publishing and RAK Management.  RAK records constantly won hits with The Sweet, Mud and Suzi Quatro. Mickie became a household name on the show, New Faces.  Hot Chocolate was RAK’s longest-lasting group.  He became the first producer in the UK to own the rights to his own records. 
Mickie Most died of cancer in 2003. Mickie Most’s wife, Christina Most, collected the posthumously awarded APRS Sound Fellowship from Sir George Martin CBE on behalf of her husband.

Sir George Martin CBE
Dave Harries gave the citation on Sir George Martin CBE.
Often referred to as the “fifth Beatle”, Sir George Martin is not just well-known as a Producer but as an accomplished classically trained musician and a composer.  He joined EMI Abbey Road Studios in 1950 as an Assistant to Oscar Preuss, Head of Parlephone. Despite their emphasis on classical artists, he went on to cultivate work with comedians (Peter Sellars, Spike Milligan, Peter Ustinov) and jazz musicians.  In the 1960s his relationship began with The Beatles, successfully working on every single one of their albums.  He worked with a wide range of artists, including Cilla Black, Matt Munro, Gerry and the Pacemakers, America and Jeff Beck. In 1965, he left EMI to set up AIR (Associated Independent Recordings) the first independent record production company.  He then built AIR Studios (in Oxford Street) in 1970, then moving it years later to AIR Lyndhurst. AIR Montserrat was built in 1979 but destroyed by Hurricane Hugo ten years later. In 1996 he was Knighted and is regarded as the best record producer in the world, Sir George boasts combined sales with all his artists of over one billion records. Today, Sir George is working on establishing a Cultural Centre in Montserrat.

Sound Fellowship Hall of Fame: 2007...

Chris Blackwell
Internationally renowned record producer
Sean Davies
Studio designer, technical engineer and authority on disc cutting lathes
Alan Parsons
Recording engineer, producer and artist
Keith Grant
Recording engineer
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Recording engineer and record producer
Ken Townsend
Former EMI Abbey Road Studio manager

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