AMS (Advanced Music Systems)

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AMS (Advanced Music Systems)
Industry Professional audio design & engineering
Founded 1976
Headquarters Burnley, Lancashire
Key people
Mark Crabtree
Stuart Nevison
Products Audio & recording equipment
AMS Audiofile hard disc audio recorder

AMS (Advanced Music Systems) were a manufacturer of professional studio equipment.[1] The company later merged with Neve Electronics to form AMS Neve.


AMS was established in 1976 by Mark Crabtree and Stuart Nevison. They had been Aerospace engineers moving into the design of professional studio equipment for the manipulation and control of sound. The first product designed by the company was the DM-20 Tape Phase Simulator. This initial product was notably used by ELO, 10cc and Paul McCartney, who used it on the Wings' London Town album in 1978. In 1978 AMS introduced the world's first microprocessor controlled, 15 bit digital delay line - the AMS DMX 15-80.One of the early users of the AMS DMX 15-80 was Manchester record producer Martin Hannett who would go on to own quite a few of the devices. Later the DMX included "loop triggering" launching the use of digital sampling. The DMX later included pitch changing and up to 32 seconds of delay.[2]

In 1981 AMS released the RMX-16 digital reverberator.[3] This new effects processor's "Non Lin 2"-setting was digitally emulating the drum sound (of compressing and gating a room microphone) that was used on the Phil Collins recording In the Air Tonight.[3] The track's unique drum sound was created by a combination of a room microphone compressed by the "Listen Mic"-Compressor of an early SSL Console in combination with cutting off the reverb sound with a noise gate.[3] AMS then released the Audiofile, one of the first 16-bit hard disk based recording systems dedicated to Post production.[4]. The Audiofile saw considerable use in television post production and was seen by dubbing mixers as a huge technological breakthrough. After decades of mixing on 16mm magnetic film stock, in which mix decisions were extremely difficult to undo, the ability to undo and make changes instantaneously provided dubbing mixers with new opportunities for experimentation in their work. [5] In 1988, the company released the Logic 1; it was the first dynamically configurable, fully automated digital mixing console.[3] In 1992, AMS merged with Neve and carried on manufacturing professional recording equipment.

Notable products[edit]

  • AMS DMX 15-80 digital delay (mono)
  • AMS DMX 15-80S digital delay (stereo)
  • AMS RMX-16 digital reverberator
  • AMS Audiofile digital audio editor
  • AMS Logic series

External links[edit]


  1. ^ AMS - Neve About Us Archived February 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on March 16, 2009
  2. ^ AMS - Neve History 70s Archived February 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on March 16, 2009
  3. ^ a b c d AMS - Neve History 80s Archived February 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on March 16, 2009
  4. ^ Weinrich, Dennis. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2011-02-22. , Audio Media, August 1990, accessed February 22, 2011.
  5. ^ "The evolution of television sound mixing". Retrieved 2018-05-29.