was formed 12 Years ago, by Derek G Stoddart, who was one of the original
five Neve engineers working for Mr. Rupert Neve at his house in the UK.
After Leaving Neve back in 1976, Derek Stoddart went to run the Mincom
Division of 3M company, as Technical Manager. The division handled support
for Analogue M79 Multitrack tape machines, Video character generators and
large switching systems and also Video mixers and effects. It supplied the
Worlds first commercial Digital Multitrack recorders and editing system,
in conjunction with the BBC.
Shep Associates was formed mainly as Derek was receiving an increasing
number of requests for him to carry out modifications to Neve consoles and
no one was doing that. Most of the Staff are ex-Neve so we have a wealth
of experience of old Neve consoles.
After a few Years of Custom work, a Licensing agreement
was obtained from Neve which enabled Shep to build the Neve designed classic
Equalisers when they were extending and customising consoles, and Derek
worked closely with Neve on the support of the older consoles. At the time
there were many older consoles which had the
1073 3 band Equalisers and Shep did a modification to convert these Equalisers
to 4 band by adding as fully switched HF band and an additional overlapping
This type of module was very labour intensive to build so a new version
was designed using a single PCB to cut down wiring and assembly times. This
differs from the old Neve designs and is actually an improvement over the
originals (Clients words not ours).
All the Shep modules are fully discrete and hand built to very high Standards,
using original style components where available.
"After trying to source
some original Neve units I decided to purchase Shep 31105 types equalisers,
because old Neve units tend to need new switches and capacitors etc. So
I thought it best to buy a new unit. I find the Shep units work well with
Bass and Drums".
(Recording Engineer - Sting)