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Studer at a Glance

Brief history of our company

Updated 04.11.2003

The brief resumé of the company's history reads as a guide to quality audio. In 1948, Mr. Willi Studer founded his first own business in Zürich with a staff of 3 people, producing special oscilloscopes for high-voltage labs.

Willi Studer large (43.8 kB)

In the following year the company produced the first own designed tape recorder named Dynavox and by the early 1950s a new brand name for amateur products, Revox, was introduced. In 1951 the prototype of the first professional tape recorder, the Studer 27 was used by Swiss radio, making overall recordings of the "Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern".

27A large (36.3 kB)

In 1955 a new era of professional studio tape recorders began with the development of the Studer A37 and B37. In the following years the portable compact studio tape recorder B30 and the first mixing console studer 69 were established. The growth of the company continued, and in 1960 a new generation of tape recorders started with the model Studer C37.

C37 large (28.7 kB)

In 1963 the first fully-transistorized professional tape recorder, the Studer A62 was introduced and in 1964 the prototype version of the 4-channel studio tape recorder J37 based on the C37 transport was presented. It represented the most complex, tube equipped machine ever, which paved the way for the acceptance of Studer products by recording studios all over the world.

In 1967 Abbey Road Studio used two Studer J37 to record the world famous Beatles production "Sgt. Pepper".

J37 large (54.9 kB)

Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Cover large (187 kB)

In the same year the well known Revox A77 was introduced, with over 400'000 units sold the worldwide best sold tape recorder of its class. This famous machine was used in nearly every studio worldwide. The completely modular A77 was built in more than 50 versions for applications such as broadcast, voice logging, education etc..

A77 large (62.6 kB)

In 1970, the Studer A80 professional studio tape recorder with a complete new design concept followed. Built for every possible use, from 1/8" Quality Control for Compact Cassette tape to 2"- 24-track for music production, A80 tape recorders have been installed in nearly every music or radio studio facility worldwide with an number of more than 11'000 units.

A80 large (35.8 kB)

The by then largest professional audio mixing consoles, the Studer 289's with 30 input channels for drama and music recording was being produced for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation in 1972.

A year later the world's first digital FM synthesizer tuner, the A720 was introduced.

In 1978 a new generation of professional studio tape recorders, the Studer A800, was born. It was the first microprocessor controlled multitrack recorder.

A800 large (34.8 kB)

The first professional cassette tape recorder, the Studer A710 has been introduced in 1982. In the same year the 900 series mixing console was started.

During the following years Studer introduced its first digital audio products such as the sampling frequency converter SFC16 and DAD-16, the digital preview delay unit for disc cutting. Studer was very actively involved in standardizing the DASH format for PCM recording. In 1984 and 1985 the first CD player, the Studer A725, the Studer TLS4000 synchronizer, the Studer A726 monitor tuner with MPX output and the Studer A820 analog master tape recorder were introduced.

The late eighties and early nineties saw a great deal of corporate activity. Studer Editech was formed after the buy-out of the American company Integrated Media Systems. Studer soon offered digital audio workstations complementing existing digital products as the D827 48 channel digital DASH recorder.


In 1990 the founder Willi Studer sold the Studer Revox group to Motor Columbus AG, and the new Studer Revox AG was formed. The aquisitional trail continued in the following year with a controlling interest in the French audio equipment manufacturer Digitec SA. The new products completed the Studer range allowing complete turnkey system solutions. A program of extensive reorganisation culminated with the sale of the Studer group to HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES in 1994. The Revox group was excluded and sold to private investors.

The first large scale digital mixing console, the D940 was sold to WDR Cologne in 1993. In spring '95 a complete digital radio broadcast system for Swiss broadcaster DRS went on air.

NISKO large (93.3 kB)

In the same year Studer presented its first 2 track MO-recorder, the D424. An 8 channel Mic/Line preamplifier with high-end AD converters was launched as the first unit of the so called D19 Series. A complete new release and related new hardware for the broadcast automation system Studer Digimedia showed the serious effort made in this field as well.

1996 was the year of new products starting with the new CD Recorder D741, followed by new digital routing equipment, a new analog mixing desk Studer 928 for broadcast, theater and live production, and the digital continuity console Studer On-Air 2000 with a very ergonomical user interface.

On-Air 2000 large (38.8 kB)

The D19 Series was extended by a two channel Mic/Line Preamp MicVALVE with switchable valve stage, and an eigth channel D/A Converter MultiDAC with sampling rate conversion and mixing/monitoring functions.

In 1997 the all new Studer D950 digital mixing console gains much attention on the first presentation due to its unparalleled performance and abilities, good success in CAB with DigiMedia and Digitec Numisys, first presentation of new software-tools like Track'Filer and Smart'Log from Studer Digitec, introduction of the new routing equipment Studer D19m

D950S large (71.1 kB)

1998 introduction of the revolutionary VirtualSurround Panning™ mixing format on the D950S and the PUMA-chip: this specialised high-power DSP-chip developed by Studer is used in the DigaStudio controller for the DigAS software by D.A.V.I.D.

Also in 1998 Studer introduced the V-Eight, an 8 channel 20 bit digital multitrack recorder based on S-VHS cassettes.

In 1999 Studer adapted the D950 core technology to the digital D941 broadcast mixing surface, resulting in a very powerful and flexible broadcast desk, the Studer OnAir 5000.


In the year 2000 Studer re-launched its very successful D950 high end digital mixing
console as the D950M2 with a new surface design and many more features.

In the same year Studer also introduced the OnAir 1000 digital mixing desk for radio broadcast and production applications. The OnAir 1000 utilises the famous and world wide proven OnAir 2000 technology in a fixed configuration at a very attractive price.


In 2001, after more than 600 OnAir 2000 installations, the OnAir 2000M2 entered the market - a completely reworked and improved version of the OnAir 2000 including an input router and with new, attractive styling.


2002 was a very busy year for Studer. At NAB in Las Vegas Studer surprised the industry with the most advanced user interface in the market, the Vistonics Touch’n’Access concept. Vistonics has rotary encoders and push buttons integrated within a graphical display, allowing the graphics to relate directly to the knobs and switches and to change according to the functionality selected. Studer named it “The return of the human interface” as it provides the funtionality of the traditional analogue style user surface combined with the great advantages of the latest digital display and audio technologies.


In the same year, at IBC in Amsterdam in the autumn, Studer launched the broadcast version of Vista, the Vista 6, together with a decoupled and stand alone channel bay, the Vista Remote Bay, intended for theatre applications where the control needs to be in the audience.


Also in autumn 2002 the modular version of the extremely successful OnAir 2000M2, the OnAir 2000M2 Modulo was introduced, thus giving the studio designer complete flexibility in building the studio architecture.


In 2003 Studer enhanced its on air mixing console product range with a smaller and fixed configuration all digital mixer, the Studer OnAir 500 and a highly flexible and modular system, the Studer OnAir 3000. The OnAir 3000 is based a new mixing DSP core technology, the SCore, and a most modern and flexible software architecture allowing for seamless system integration and opening the way to complex networked broadcast systems.








Studer at a Glance

1948 The company "Willi Studer" was founded on January 5th, Willi Studer develops and builds oscilloscopes for high voltage labs.
1949 Willi Studer develops his first tape recorder and sells it under the label "Dynavox", it becomes a real success.
1951 ELA AG was founded by Willi Studer and Hans Winzeler. The Revox T26 tape recorder was put on the market and the prestigious recording of the "International Music Festival Lucerne" was made with a prototype of the first professional tape recorder Studer 27.
1952 Mass production of the Studer 27 begins, Willi Studer has 32 employees.
1954 The first tape recorder of the famous Revox A36-series is put on the market.
1955 Willi Studer introduces the Studer A37 and Studer B37.
1957 Several thousand tape recorders have already been build by Studer. The company set up an international sales network. Introduction of the first portable tape recorder Studer B30.
1958 Studer presents the first mixing console, the portable Studer 69.
1960 Production start of the Studer C37 and the Revox D36. Co-operation with "EMT Wilhelm Franz GmbH" begins.
1963 Several new distributors join Studer to market the Swiss tape recorders in many different countries.
1964 The legendary Studer J37 4-track tape recorder goes into production.
1965 Introduction of the first fully transistorized professional tape recorder Studer A62. A total of 50,000 Revox tape recorders have been build so far.
1966 The first daughter-company "Willi Studer GmbH in Löffingen / Germany", founded in 1964, starts its production with Revox C36 models.
1967 The "Beatles" choose the Studer J37 4-track for their album "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Introduction of the famous Revox A77 and its counterparts (amplifier A50 and FM-tuner A76).
1968 560 employees work for Studer. Introduction of the Studer 189 mixer.
1970 Introduction of the Studer A80, it represents an entirely new design-concept with versions from 1/8" QC for cassette duplication up to 2" 24-track. Willi Studer gets honored by the AES.
1972 Delivery of the so far biggest professional audio mixing console Studer 289 with 30 input channels to the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG.
1973 The first synthesizer-tuner Studer A720 is presented.
1975 The business of the Studer-Revox Group has grown steadily since 1966, Studer employs 1,495 people and has bought and built several production and distribution facilities worldwide.
1978 Presentation of the microprocessor controlled multitrack tape recorder Studer A800. Willi Studer is awarded an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.
1980 Co-operation with SONY for standardizing PCM-formats.
1982 Introduction of the Studer 900-series mixing console, the Revox PR99 and the A710 cassette tape recorder.
1983 Introduction of the first digital products, the sampling frequency converter SFC-16 and the preview delay for disc cutting DAD-16. Strong involvement in the standardization of the DASH format.
1985 Very successful business year, introduction of the Studer A820 analog multitrack recorder, the A725 CD-Player and the 961/962 mixing desk series.
1986 The Studer Revox group employs 1882 people, including all subsidiaries worldwide.
1989 Studer Editech was formed following the buy-out of the American company Integrated Media Systems. Introduction of the 48-track DASH tape recorder D820. Willi Studer wants to retire, several international companies are interested to buy the Studer Revox Group.
1990 Willi Studer sells the Studer Revox Group to Motor-Columbus AG, including all subsidiary companies.
1991 Acquisition of the French audio manufacturer Digitec S.A., the new products (CAB, digital routing) supplement the Studer range. Motor-Columbus splits the Studer Revox Group into Studer (Pro), Revox (HiFi) and a Manufacturing-division. MC sells several subsidiaries and plants.
1993 Introduction of the all new DASH recorder Studer D827. The first digital mixing console Studer D940 is sold to the WDR Cologne.
1994 The extensive reorganization culminates in the sale of the Studer Group to Harman International Inc., the Revox Group was excluded and sold to a financial company. Studer is revitalized under Harman.
1995 The first all digital broadcast system goes on air at the Swiss National Broadcasting Company DRS Zurich (including Studer D941 on-air console, Studer MADI-router). First presentation of the D424 MO recorder. Introduction of the D19 MicAD. The DigiMedia broadcast automation is introduced to the market in '95 as a completely new version.
1996 Willi Studer dies on March 1st. Presentation of the digital Studer OnAir 2000 console, the Studer D741 CD-Recorder and the Studer 928 analog mixing console as well as the MicValve and MultiDAC of the Studer D19-family.
1997 The all-new Studer D950 digital mixing console gains much attention at the first presentation due to its unparalleled performance and capabilities. The last of the ex-Revox-products leave production in December (B77 Mk II, PR 99 Mk III). Good success in CAB with DigiMedia and Digitec Numisys. First presentation of new software-tools like Track'Filer and Smart'Log from Studer Digitec. Introduction of the new routing equipment Studer D19m.
1998 Introduction of the revolutionary VirtualSurround Panning™ mixing format on the D950S and the PUMA-chip: this Studer-developed specialized high-performance DSP-chip is available in the DigaStudio controller for the DigAS software by DAVID.
Studer also introduces the V-Eight, an 8 channel 20 bit digital multitrack recorder based on S-VHS cassettes.
1999 Studer adapts the D950 core technology to the digital D941 broadcast mixing surface which results in a very powerful and flexible broadcast desk, the Studer OnAir 5000.
2000 Studer launches the D950M2 with a new surface design and many more features, and also the OnAir 1000 digital mixing desk for radio broadcast and production applications, offering OnAir 2000 technology in a fixed configuration at a very attractive price.
2001 In 2001, after more than 600 OnAir 2000 installations, the OnAir 2000M2 enters the market - a completely reworked and improved version of the OnAir 2000 including an input router and a new attractive styling.
2002 At NAB2002 in Las Vegas Studer surprises the industry with the Vista 7 digital production consoles incorporating the most advanced user interface in the market, the Vistonics Touch’n’Access concept. In the same year, at IBC in Amsterdam in the autumn, Studer launches the broadcast version of Vista, the Vista 6, together with the Vista Remote Bay, intended for theatre applications where the control needs to be in the audience. Also in autumn 2002 the OnAir 2000M2 Modulo is introduced.
2003 In 2003 Studer enhances its on air mixing console product range with the small fixed configuration Studer OnAir 500 and the highly flexible and modular Studer OnAir 3000. This is based a new mixing DSP core technology, the SCore and has a most modern and flexible software architecture allowing for system seamless integration and opening the way to complex networked broadcast systems.