A global vision for broadcast audio

Who we are

Over a billion people listened to a Studer today.

Studer by HARMAN, the world-leader in digital mixing systems for Broadcast, Theatre and House of Worship facilities, was founded by Willi Studer in 1948, just outside of Zurich, Switzerland.

With the early success of legendary products like the J37 tape machine in the 1960s and then later the D950 digital console in the 1990s, Studer has gone on to pioneer some of the most advanced user interfaces in audio production, with many concepts that have gone on to become industry standards. Technologies such as our patented Vistonics and FaderGlow (also adopted by our sister brand Soundcraft), have made Studer synonymous with fast-to-learn and easy-to-use mixing systems that deliver pristine audio, unparalleled connectivity and precision build-quality. 

Today, Studer offers a range of Vista control surfaces powered by Infinity processing engines, built precisely to customer specifications and capable of managing the most comprehensive scope of professional audio mixing applications from small-scale to the largest and most complex broadcasts and performances. The innovative CPU based Infinity processor can offer full processing on up to 1000 Mono-Equivalent (MEQ) channels and can distribute over 1,500 channels of optical digital audio via one A-Link connection, enabling over 16,000 channels of I/O on a single core. In radio, we have built on the established and industry standard OnAir range of digital radio consoles introducing the highly customisable Glacier control surface, providing comprehensive control, flexibility and interoperability for any on-air application.

At Studer, our philosophy is to continually strive for perfection through innovative design, advanced engineering, inbuilt quality, and close connections with our customers. Our R&D organisation; a unique blend of young and experienced engineers from around the world, continually push the barriers of audio and user-interface design. And the system-based solutions and feature-rich products that they create are all backed up by HARMAN’s world-class customer support and training organisation. Through this approach, we have and will continue to provide the ultimate tools to reach new levels of excellence when producing programmes, shows and services. 

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Key Milestones

2018 Extended the range of the industry leading Infinity Core with the introduction of the Compact Infinity Core and the innovative Compact Core Link Card, the 1st professional broadcast engine running on COTS server technology. Provides more economical Vista control of Infinity processing down to 22 faders with the introduction of Vista 5 BE.
2017 Studer introduces Glacier-series a highly customisable broadcast audio solution that provides comprehensive control, flexibility and interoperability for any on-air application. Studer Micro compact and cost-effective digital audio mixing system released.
2016 Production moves to HARMAN’s new factory in Pécs, Hungary—the most technologically advanced, purpose built, audio manufacturing facility in the world.
2015 Legendary Studer mixing becomes more affordable than ever with the release of Vista 1 Black
2014 Infinity Series introduced with the Vista X and Vista V digital console and breakthrough Studer Infinity Core Processing technology. OnAir Radio range continues to upgrade with Dante AoIP, Loudness Metering and BSS Blu-link.
2013 OnAir console range enhanced with automatic microphone mixing through free software updates. Smaller Vista 1 console showcased measuring over just 1 meter in width.
2012 Studer debuts the radically lower-priced Vista 1 Compact Console, Vista Compact Remote Bay, Lexicon FX engine - Vista FX, RTW MT7 Metering Option for Vista consoles, EMBER broadcast/news automation control protocol and the Livewire AoIP card for the D21m system. Plus, VistaMix and Automatic Microphone Mixing added to the Vista-Series
2011 In response to radio broadcasting and production customer requests for more versatility and connectivity at a more affordable price point, Studer introduced the OnAir 1500 digital mixing console.
2010 Studer releases the Vista 9 Digital Console with significant user interface advances.
2009 The OnAir 2500 goes modular with OnAir 2500 Modulo.
2008 OnAir 2500, Studer's new compact broadcast console debuts.
2007 Route 6000 introduced. Vista 5 SR enters the Tour Sound arena.
2006 Studer launches the Vista 5.
2004 Studer joins forces with another legendary mixer brand, Soundcraft under parent company HARMAN’ 'Professional Division' pooling engineering, R&D, and product resources to develop the next generation of digital consoles. Studer launches the Vista 8 console.
2003 Studer lays the groundwork for complex networked broadcast systems by introducing the modular Studer OnAir 3000, which features the innovative SCore mixing DSP technology that provides modern and flexible software architecture, and seamless system integration.
2002 Studer introduces the Vistonics Touch’n’Access concept with the release of the Vista 7 digital production console, offering the most advanced mixing interface on the market. Later that year, the broadcast version, Vista 6 is launched together with the Vista Remote Bay, intended for theatre applications where control needs to be placed in the audience.
2001 After more than 600 OnAir 2000 installations, the OnAir 2000M2 enters the market, completely reworked based on extensive customer feedback.
2000 Studer launches the more-affordable, OnAir 1000 digital mixing desk for radio broadcast and production applications. D950M2 is introduced with a new surface design.
1999 The powerful and flexible, Studer OnAir 5000 broadcast desk is developed by integrating core D950 technology to the digital D941 broadcast mixing surface.
1998 Revolutionary VirtualSurround Panning mixing format is introduced on the Studer D950S along with the Studer-developed, high performance PUMA DSP-chip. Studer V-Eight, 8-channel 20-bit digital multitrack recorder based on S-VHS cassettes is introduced.
1997 The Studer D950 digital mixing console is introduced and lauded for its unparalleled performance and capabilities.  Studer Digitec introduces new software-tools including Track'Filer and Smart'Log. Introduction of the Studer D19m routing equipment.
1996 Presentation of the Studer OnAir 2000 digital console, the Studer D741 CD-Recorder, the Studer 928 analog mixing console, as well as the MicValve and MultiDAC of the Studer D19-family.
1996 R.I.P. Willi Studer, March 1st, 1996.
1995 The first all-digital broadcast system goes on air at the Swiss National Broadcasting Company DRS Zurich including the Studer D941 on-air console and Studer MADI-router. DigiMedia broadcast automation is introduced to the market. First presentation of the D424 MO recorder. Introduction of the D19 MicAD.
1994 Studer Group is revitalized after acquisition by Harman International, Inc.
1993 Studer’s first digital mixing console, the Studer D940 is sold to WDR Cologne. Introduction of the Studer D827 DASH recorder.
1991 French audio manufacturer Digitec S.A. is acquired to supplement the Studer range with CAB and digital routing products. Studer Revox Group split into into Studer (Pro), Revox (HiFi) and a manufacturing-division.
1990 Willi Studer sells the Studer Revox Group and all subsidiaries to Motor-Columbus AG.
1989 Introduction of the D820 48-track DASH tape recorder. Willi Studer announces his intent to retire, several companies are interested in acquiring the Studer Revox Group.
1985 Introduction of the Studer A820 analog multitrack recorder, the A725 CD-Player and the 961/962 mixing desk series.
1983 Introduction of Studer’s first digital products, the SFC-16 sampling frequency converter and the DAD-16 disc cutting preview delay. Strong involvement in the standardization of the DASH format for streaming audio.
1982 Introduction of the Studer 900-series mixing console, the Revox PR99 and the A710 cassette tape recorder.
1980 Cooperation with SONY on standardized PCM-formats.
1978 Presentation of the Studer A800, microprocessor-controlled multitrack tape recorder. Willi Studer is awarded an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.
1973 The first synthesizer-tuner, Studer A720 is presented.
1972 World’s largest professional audio mixing console, the Studer 289 with 30 input channels delivered to the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG.
1970 The Studer A80 introduces an entirely new design-concept with versions from 1/8" QC for cassette duplication up to 2" 24-track. Willi Studer is honored with a fellowship by the AES for valuable contributions to the advancement of audio engineering.
1968 The Studer 189 mixer is introduced.
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 counterpart amplifier A50 and FM-tuner A76.
1966 Subsidiary, "Willi Studer GmbH in Löffingen / Germany” starts production of Revox C36 models.
1965 Introduction of the first fully transistorized professional tape recorder, the Studer A62. A milestone of 50,000 Revox tape recorders is reached.
1964 The legendary Studer J37 4-track tape recorder goes into production.
1963 Several new distributors join Studer to market the Swiss tape recorders in many different countries.
1960 Production of the Studer C37 and the Revox D36 begins.
1958 Studer presents the first portable mixing console, the Studer 69.
1957 Introduction of the first portable tape recorder Studer B30. After producing several thousand tape recorders and facing increasing demand, the company establishes an international sales network.
1955 Willi Studer introduces the Studer A37 and Studer B37.
1954 The famous Revox A36-series of tape recorders is put on the market.
1952 Mass production of the Studer 27 begins, Willi Studer has 32 employees.
1951 The Revox T26 tape recorder was put on the market. A prototype of the Studer 27, the world’s first professional tape recorder, was used for a prestigious recording of the International Music Festival Lucerne
1949 Willi Studer develops his first tape recorder and sells it under the label "Dynavox", it rapidly becomes a success.
1948 The company "Willi Studer" was founded on January 5th, Willi Studer develops and builds oscilloscopes for high voltage labs.